South Carolina Birth Records Search
South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control maintains birth records for the state. They have been collecting and keeping them since 1915.
South Carolina birth records are private and confidential until the age of 100. Therefore, only the following people may access a copy of yours: you, if you are 18 or older, your aprents, legal guardian and your lawyer.
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You must also provide a valid, photo ID when requesting a South Carolina birth record search. You can do so by providing one of the following forms of ID: driver’s license, passport, military, employer-issued, government-issued ID, permanent resident card, refuge travel document and a weapon or gun permit.
If you are not the person on the record, you must provide your own ID and proof of relationship to them.
When ordering a copy of your South Carolina birth record, you will need to specify the reason for the request.
Types of South Carolina Birth Records
South Carolina offers only one type of birth record for you to purchase and that is a certified copy. You can use this certified copy as legal proof of your identity. Proving your identity is helpful when applying for a driver’s license, passport, filing for social security benefits, joining the military or applying to school.
South Carolina also offers services to amend incorrect birth certificates. You can contact them at (803) 898-3630 for more information.
South Carolina Population
South Carolina’s current population is 5.09 million people. It is quite densely populated with a ranking of 24th most populated state in America.
Although relatively small with only 32,020 square miles of area, South Carolina has 153.9 people living per square mile. This makes South Carolina the 40th largest state in the U.S and the 19th most densely populated.
South Carolina was one of the original 13 States.
Population change from 2010-2016
Population by Gender
There are more women than men in South Carolina. The total population of South Carolina is estimated at 4,959,822 people with 2,407,940 male and 2,551,882 female. There are 143,942 more more women than men in the state, which is 51.45% of the total population.
The South Carolina Gender Ratio is 94 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.94. State’s gender ratio is lower than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.
Gender ratio in 2016
Total population in 2016
Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016
South Carolina Birth Statistics
The state's birth rate decreased to 11.66 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 57,342 total births — the lowest in South Carolina history, and lower than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 57,342, 1.45% of the number of nationwide registered births.
State Birth Rate
Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than South Carolina
Top 5 Counties in South Carolina with the lowest/highest Birth Rate
|Top 5 counties in South Carolina with the lowest birth rate||Top 5 counties in South Carolina with the highest birth rate|
|Pickens County - 9.97||Berkeley County - 13.06|
|Beaufort County - 10.69||Sumter County - 12.80|
|Lexington County - 11.40||Charleston County - 12.65|
|York County - 11.65||Greenville County - 12.63|
|Dorchester County - 11.71||Spartanburg County - 12.24|
South Carolina Fertility Rate
In South Carolina the fertility rate based on historical data went from 63.29 to 60.02 from 2010-2016, and currently is lower than the crude fertility rate of the US - 59.87 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 26.67 to 27.93.
State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother
Fertility Rate By County
The top reproductive counties of South Carolina are Sumter - 65.95, Berkeley - 64.85 and Aiken - 64.18. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:
State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age
Where to Obtain a South Carolina Birth Certificate
You can request a South Carolina birth record search by mail, in person, phone and online through the VitalChek system.
When ordering online or by phone, processing time is usually 5-7 days. Additional fees may apply when ordering through VitalChek.
If you order by mail, it will take up to 2-4 weeks. Send your completed application, fee and photo ID to:
DHEC Vital Records
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
South Carolina charges a $17 non-refundable fee for the first certificate and $3 for each additional copy. When ordering through VitalChek, you will also need to pay a $10.50 fee and any shipping charges.
If you visit in person, your wait time is only 30-45 minutes. You can visit them at 2600 Bull St., Columbia, SC 29201 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. weekdays.
If ordering by mail, you can pay with cashier’s check or money order made out to SC DHEC. If you visit in person, you may also pay with cash or debit card.