South Carolina

CNCS provides this state by state guide for informational purposes only and makes reasonable efforts to ensure the quality of the information. You are responsible for determining the suitability of the information and your use of the information in this guide, and for compliance with NSCHC requirements (45 CFR 2540.200 - .207). CNCS makes no express or implied warranty, no representation, nor assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, correctness, timeliness, or completeness of any information in, or available through, this guide. The information in this guide is presented in good faith and believed to be correct. You assume the risk of relying on the information contained in this guide. Links to non-CNCS websites are provided for informational purposes only.

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South Carolina is an open records state.
Some form of criminal history information is open to the public in “open records” states. In “closed records” states, access to criminal history information is not generally available to the public, but is available to authorized entities (e.g. law enforcement agencies).
 

Contact Information

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division
Phone: (803) 896-1443 (8:00 am – 4:30 pm)
 

State Checks 

General Information on State Checks:

  • While two options for types of state checks are listed below, name-based and fingerprint-based, only one type of state check is required. CNCS does not recommend one of these checks over the other. Either the name-based state check or the fingerprint-based state check is acceptable.
  • Please note that to be in compliance with CNCS requirements, recipients may have to conduct checks in up to two states: the  state of service/work check on individuals in covered positions, as well as a state of residence check (i.e. if the state of residence is different from the state of service/work at the time of application).


Name-Based State Checks

Available from: South Carolina Law Enforcement Division
 
What is released: Only information on criminal history searches from South Carolina. No information on wanted persons are included in the results. 
 
Cost: $25.00 per check or $8.00 per check for nonprofit organizations (see instructions on applying for the reduced fee in the “Additional notes” area below)
 
How long does it take to obtain results? 24 hours or less
 
Additional notes
The state repository has an online database called SLED CATCH. Full name, date of birth, and gender are required for a name-based check through SLED CATCH. Maiden name and social security number are optional but will produce more reliable results. 
The check can also be completed by mailing in a request form, found at this link: http://www.sled.state.sc.us/CISystem/Images/Catch/CriminalRecordsCheckForm.pdf
To qualify for the $8.00/check rate for nonprofit organizations, organizations must first complete and submit the Charitable Account Form along with IRS documentation of 501(c)3 status. The form is located here: https://catch.sled.sc.gov/images/SLEDCATCHCharitableAccountfillable.pdf
 

Fingerprint-Based State Checks

Available from: South Carolina Law Enforcement Division
 
What is released: Only information on criminal history searches from South Carolina. No information on wanted persons are included in the results.
 
Cost: $25.00 per check or $8.00 per check for nonprofit organizations (see instructions on applying for the reduced fee in the “Additional notes” area below)
 
How long does it take to obtain results? 24 hours or less
 
Available to: Organizations may request checks on individuals. 
 
Additional notes
Fingerprinting is not provided at SLED. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division suggests contacting L1 Identity Solutions or local law enforcement agencies to determine if they provide fingerprinting. 
The state repository has an online database called SLED CATCH. Full name, date of birth, and gender are required for a name-based check through SLED CATCH. Maiden name and social security number are optional but will produce more reliable results. 
The check can also be completed by mailing in a request form, found at this link: http://www.sled.state.sc.us/CISystem/Images/Catch/CriminalRecordsCheckForm.pdf
To qualify for the $8.00/check rate for nonprofit organizations, organizations must first complete and submit the Charitable Account Form along with IRS documentation of 501(c)3 status. The form is located here: 

 

Approved Alternative Repositories 

State repositories are institutions that house and maintain the arrest and disposition (or outcome) information for cases handled in that state. Each state has a central repository, and CNCS has designated one in each state that grantees must use. In some cases, generally when a different institution is able to provide information that is equivalent to what is provided by the state repository, CNCS may designate them as an Approved Alternative Repository.
None at this time. 
 

FBI Checks 

 
State Repository Provides FBI Checks: No
 
CNCS FBI Channeler:  Organizations that cannot successfully use the state repository for FBI checks may use CNCS’s FBI-approved Channeler, Fieldprint, for FBI checks. 
 
Cost: The cost for one FBI check through Fieldprint is $27.50. 
 
How long does it take to receive results? The majority of checks conducted electronically take no more than two business days from the date the fingerprints are captured. If an applicant does not live near a Fieldprint livescan location and fingerprints must be taken manually and mailed, it will take longer to receive the results. See the Fieldprint Guide and FAQ (linked below) for more information.
 
More information
Fieldprint Guide and FAQs: https://www.nationalservice.gov/FBIGuidance (see document, “Using Fieldprint as an FBI Channeler – A Guide for CNCS Recipients”)
Fieldprint website: http://www.fieldprintcncs.com/ 
 

NSOPW (National Sex Offender Public Website) Check

A required component of the NSCHC is a nationwide check of NSOPW.gov before an individual begins work or service in a covered position. Please note that a compliant nationwide NSOPW check must include reports from all states, territories, and tribes. If any state, territory, or tribe is unavailable at the time the NSOPW check is conducted, you must either run a nationwide NSOPW check again through NSOPW.gov and ensure that all entities are reporting, or run a separate check for each entity that is not reporting through the state sex offender registry website.

Please note that a check of a single state’s sex offender registry alone is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the nationwide NSOPW check requirement. The information provided in the State Sex Offender Registry Information section is for reference purposes only in the event that a single state sex offender registry check is necessary to supplement an incomplete nationwide NSOPW check.

State Sex Offender Registry Information

South Carolina Sex Offender Registry: http://scor.sled.sc.gov/ConditionsOfUse.Aspx 

Individuals Requesting Criminal History Records (versus Organizations)

1. Access the SLED CATCH system online through the repository website
 
2. Ensure that you have access to a working printer to print results. You are charged for each search.
 
3. You will need to enter: First and Last Name, Date of Birth and Gender. Maiden Name and Social Security Number are optional but will produce more reliable results.
 
4. Results should take 24 hours or less. Print and bring sealed results to program to ensure chain of custody. 


Revised as of 2/24/2017
 

 


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