South Carolina Birth Records Search

South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control maintains SC 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.

You must also provide a valid, photo ID when requesting a South Carolina birth records 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, refugee 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 SC Birth Records

The state 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.

It also offers services to amend incorrect birth certificates. You can contact them at (803) 898-3630 for more information.

State 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, the state has 153.9 people living per square mile. This makes it the 40th largest state in the U.S and the 19th most densely populated.

It was one of the original 13 States.

State Population
1 birth every 550 seconds

1 death every 825 seconds

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 states with a lower birth rate than South Carolina Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than South Carolina
Connecticut - 9.29North Dakota - 15.04
West Virginia - 11.03Louisiana - 13.78
Vermont - 9.35Minnesota - 12.68
Oregon - 11.05Kentucky - 13.09
Delaware - 11.55Washington - 12.55

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
Horry County - 9.67Berkeley County - 13.06
Pickens County - 9.97Sumter County - 12.80
Beaufort County - 10.69Charleston County - 12.65
Lexington County - 11.40Greenville County - 12.63
York County - 11.65Spartanburg County - 12.24

Fertility Rate in SC

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 Beaufort County - 66.7, Sumter County - 65.95 and Berkeley County - 64.85. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate
Aiken County64.18
Anderson County63.57
Greenville County63.32
Spartanburg County62.68
Charleston County59.85
Florence County59.24
Lexington County58.97
Dorchester County57.72
York County57.72
Horry County55.85
Richland County50.6
Pickens County47.59

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain a South Carolina Birth Certificate

You can request a South Carolina birth records search online through the VitalChek system, as well as by mail, in person and by phone.

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

It 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.

South Carolina Department of Public Health

Cost of copy:
Organization: Office of Vital Records; SC DHEC
Address:2600 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Remarks: State office has records since January 1915.  Acceptable method of payment is a money order or a cashier's check made payable to.