South Carolina FOIA procedures

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Each state varies slightly in the procedures used to gain access to public documents. This article serves to describe specifically the steps used in South Carolina. To read the history and details of South Carolina’s sunshine laws please see South Carolina Freedom of Information Act

How to request public records in South Carolina

Requests should be directed to the department in possession of the desired records.

Purpose and use

While South Carolina law does not require a statement of purpose, it does prohibit the use of police reports and employee information for commercial purposes.

Who may request public records?

See also: List of who can make public record requests by state

Anyone may request public documents in South Carolina. "Any person has a right to inspect or copy any public record of a public body."[1]


See also: How much do public records cost?

South Carolina law allows for the charging of fees to include the cost of duplication as well as a reasonable hourly fee for the cost of search. However, the fee is not to include the cost of determining if the record is exempt or non-exempt.[2]

Response time

See also: Request response times by state

South Carolina law allows for 15 business days to respond to records requests.[2]

See also

External links


  1. South Carolina Code of Laws (timed out), 30-4-30
  2. 2.0 2.1 South Carolina FOIA 30-4-30