2. Self-addressed stamped return envelope;
3. Personal or company check or money order made payable to the Secretary of State’s Office or cash in the amount of $2.00 for each document; and
4. Documents to be authenticated.
Documents should be mailed to or sent by UPS/FedEx or hand-delivered (between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm) to:
SC Secretary of State's Office
1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 525
Columbia, SC 29201
• Documents that appear to be contrary to state or federal law, interest or policy will not be certified.
• Only documents that will be sent to a foreign country can receive certification. The destination country must be provided in order to determine if the document requires an Apostille or authentication certificate.
• All documents in a foreign language must be signed, notarized, and accompanied by an English translation signed by the translator with the translator’s signature notarized. When a foreign language translation of an English document requires an Apostille or authentication, the foreign translation must be signed by the translator and notarized.
• A public copier is not available in our office. Please make copies before submitting originals for apostille or certification. Do not remove apostilles or certification once they are attached.
Certifications by Elected or Appointed Officials
• The Secretary of State’s Office can verify the signature of any elected or appointed official whose signature is filed with the Office.
• Certified copies of documents obtained from the county must bear the original signature of the elected official of that office or authorized deputies and staff if their signatures and authorizations have been filed with the Secretary of State’s Office.
• If the county officer is not elected, appointed, or authorized by an elected or appointed official, his or her signature must be notarized.
Certifications by Commissioned South Carolina Notaries Public
• Documents that are signed by individuals who are not elected or appointed officials whose signatures are not on file with the Secretary of State’s Office must be notarized by a commissioned South Carolina Notary Public.
• School transcripts, report cards or letters MUST be signed by a school official and the official’s signature MUST be notarized.
• Records checks from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), local sheriffs or police departments must be signed by an official from that office and his/her signature MUST be notarized. The Secretary of State’s Office cannot authenticate a records check obtained from the Internet.
Certification of Vital Records
• Photocopies of vital records are not acceptable. All vital records must be certified by the issuing government agency.
• Certified copies of marriage licenses may be obtained from the county Probate Court or from the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)’s Vital Records Division.
• Certified copies of divorce decrees may be obtained from the County Clerk of Court’s Office or from DHEC’s Vital Records Division.
• A death or birth certificate can only be provided by DHEC’s Vital Records Division.
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Certifications for countries that are not members of the Hague Convention
If the document is going to be sent to a country that is not a party to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, an apostille or certification by the Secretary of State’s Office will not be sufficient. These documents will require a regular certification that is required to be authenticated by the U.S. Department of State after receiving State authentication.
Office of Authentications, Department of State
600 19th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20431