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Sex Offender Registry
c/o SLED
PO Box 21398
Columbia, SC   29221

p (803) 896-7043     f (803) 896-2311

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The Guide to South Carolina Court Records
A complete guide to finding South Carolina court records and extensive court directory. Follow these simple steps:
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Revenue Dept
Sales Tax Registration Records
Registration Unit
Columbia,SC   29214

p (803) 898-5872

State Archives

Archives & History Department
8301 Parklane Rd
Columbia,SC   29223

p (803) 896-6100     f (803) 896-6198

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South Carolina Crime Stats

South Carolina Criminal Records Statistics

South Carolina Criminal Records Statistics

Recorded crime total for 2006: 95,859

Number of crimes per capita: 6739.15

Most "dangerous" South Carolina city: Myrtle Beach

Crime Threat Level: 7

Other states with a crime threat level of 7:
Arizona - Georgia - Illinois - Maryland - Michigan - Missouri - Nevada

South Carolina Criminal Activity Breakdown

South Carolina Criminal Activity Breakdown

Murders: 145
Rapes: 712
Robberies: 3,251
Assaults: 10,466
Property Crime: 59,872

South Carolina exceeds the national average in:
Murder, Rape, Robbery, Assult, Burglary, Theft

Free South Carolina Background Checks and Criminal Records

Most people think of the Palmetto State as being peaceful and quiet, but if crime statistics from 2006 are any sign, South Carolina has one of the most severe crime problems in the nation.

With almost 100,000 separate crimes reported, South Carolina is in the top percentile in the nation for crime, and that's why it is more important than ever to get your criminal background checks done right. FREE Background Checks USA can do all the leg work for you and get you your results fast.

If you do choose to perform your own checks, you'll have to contact half a dozen government departments including the Sex Offender Registry and Court Administration in Columbia. All of that extra work can be done for you by simply completing the fields below and using FREE Background Checks USA.

Tips on southcarolina Background Searches

There are many personal and professional purposes for attempting to obtain South Carolina criminal records. You might want background checks completed on prospective employees or you may be a job candidate who needs to prove that they have no criminal history. Sometimes parents want to know about registered sex offenders in a neighborhood that they currently live in or wish to move to. Still, other people may be conducting crime related research or may need a personal check done for licensing or certification in conjunction with their work field.

South Carolina criminal records are not difficult to obtain. Through a number of different websites, you can obtain information such as individual criminal history or general background checks, prison records, court records, and other related information. Sometimes downloadable forms need to be filled out and submitted while in other cases there is a phone number to call. Some major public records search websites provide digital forms that allow you to conduct a search.

Law enforcement agencies hold most criminal records and also often maintain databases related to inmate history, prison releases, most wanted lists, and crime data statistics.

Some useful sites for this state are the South Carolina Department of Corrections website, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety website, and the SLED Catch Citizens Access to Criminal Histories page.