How to Find South Carolina Birth Records

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Statewide registration of births began in 1915 in South Carolina.

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Births before 1915[edit | edit source]

Before 1915, no births were recorded by the county or state, the exception being the City of Charleston, which recorded births from 1877-1901. You must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s birth date and place.

  Records that give birth information:
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Births after 1915[edit | edit source]

In 1915, statewide registration of births began in South Carolina. Currently, no complete index of births from 1915 to the present is available online.

For births that exist during the time period, try the following database:

Includes Index Only
South Carolina Births and Christenings, 1681-1935 FamilySearch - Free; incomplete; index only
Index & Images
1915-1917 South Carolina, U.S., Births, 1915-1917 at Ancestry - index & images ($)
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Obtain the Certificate[edit | edit source]

With full names, dates and places of an event, you can order a copy of the birth certificate for a fee from the South Carolina Department of Health or VitalChek.

Restrictions for ordering South Carolina birth certificates:
To obtain a copy of the birth certificate, you must be:

  • The person on the certificate (if you are at least 18 years old)
  • The parent of the person on the certificate
  • The legal guardian of the person on the certificate
  • If the person is deceased:
  • Immediate family members who supply an original certified copy of the person's death record
  • Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
NOTE: A copy of the birth certificate cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above.

If you do not want to order the birth record, there are other records with birth information you can search.

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