South Carolina Secretary of State
1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 525
Columbia, SC 29201
To obtain an apostille from the office of Mark Hammond South Carolina Secretary of State in Columbia please take note of the following guidelines to make sure your documents will be acceptable:
Considerations for vital records: South Carolina’s birth and death Certificates must be issued by the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Vital Records Division.
Do you need a copy of a vital record? Contact the SC DHEC, Div. of Vital Records 2600 Bull St, Columbia, SC 29201 (803) 898-3630
Considerations for marriage certificates: South Carolina Marriage certificates must be issued and signed by the county Probate Judge or the DHEC office.
There is an exemption for documents signed by the Probate Judge in Richland, Greenville, Horry and Charleston counties whose signatures will be acceptable for apostille.
Considerations for divorce judgments: divorce decrees should be ordered from the clerk of the court where the divorce was executed bearing the stamp of the county. Please note that is the documents is signed by a deputy or assistant, will not be acceptable for apostille.
Considerations for notarized documents: must be notarized by a currently valid and commissioned South Carolina Notary Public, make sure the notary stamps, dates and signs the notary statement.
If you document is written in any other language than English, you should hire a translator and notarize the translation before presenting your documents to the SOS.
Considerations for academic records: diplomas, school transcripts and report cards should be signed and notarized by a school principal or University registrar. We have vast experience obtaining apostille for documents from the University of South Carolina, Clemson University, Medical University of South Carolina, College of Charleston, Furman University, Winthrop University, Coastal Carolina University and Wofford College among others.
Considerations for police reports: Please request signed an notarized records checks from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Div., local sheriffs or police departments. Please note that police records form the internet can not be apostilled, You will need a pen-in-hand signed document.
Considerations for other documents: all documents signed by a government official with his/hers signature recorded with the Secretary of State will be acceptable for apostille.
Documents typically apostilled in South Carolina are: birth, marriage, divorce and death certificates, articles of incorporation, business bylaws, powers of attorney, diplomas and transcripts.