Terms and Conditions
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As of July 1, 2009, there are revised procedures for name based
criminal records checks. The main revision involves the elimination
of all billing accounts.
- Fingerprint based searches are the most reliable way to
conduct criminal records checks and the least likely to result
in either a false positive or a false negative search result.
However, since obtaining fingerprints may not be feasible,
the SLED CATCH program offers the alternative of name based searches.
- SLED CATCH allows you to view and print criminal records
information from South Carolina only. National criminal record
checks for non-criminal justice purposes are allowed only where
specifically authorized by law. In the interest of safety,
information on wanted persons is not included in the criminal
records information furnished through SLED CATCH.
- SLED also accepts limited requests for criminal records
checks by mail. This option should only be used for special
services (e.g. notarization, certification) not available
through the online access. Due to limited staffing, there
is no expedited processing of mailed requests.
Requests for special services may be mailed to SLED Records
Department, P.O. Box 21398, Columbia, S.C. 29221-1398. The
Criminal Records Check Form
should be submitted for mailed requests along with proper
payment and a self addressed stamped envelope. Proper payment
must be either a business check,
certified check, cashier's check, or money order.
Personal checks and cash will not be accepted.
- It is recommended the search use the last name and date
of birth appearing on a valid identifying government document that
includes a photograph of the records check subject and a photocopy
of this identifying document is retained. The use of common names
may result in special processing or false positives.
- SLED CATCH requires an exact match with a record subjects
last name, first initial, and date of birth to retrieve
criminal history record information, if any. If provided,
a search by social security number will be conducted.
Fingerprints may be the only way to identify a record
subject if the name and date of birth contained in the
record vary from the name and date of birth furnished as
search criteria. Therefore, the results of a SLED CATCH
search can differ from the results of a fingerprint based
search or a name based search using additional search
criteria for the same subject.
- A non-refundable fee of $25.00 ($8.00 for a charitable
organization as defined on the next page) will be charged for
a South Carolina criminal records check. Note: Pursuant to
statute, criminal records checks for prospective teachers and substitute teachers
are provided to local school districts without charge.
- South Carolina criminal records information should be
handled carefully and used only for appropriate purposes.
Subjects have a right to correct erroneous criminal records
information pertaining to them.
- Information on persons residing or working in South
Carolina, who have been convicted of sex offenses whether
in this state or another state, may be accessed free of charge
through this site.
Click here to search the SC Sex Offender Registry.
The FBI has released the following statement regarding Criminal History Requests and Attorneys:
As for the release of criminal history for discovery purposes, the rule is simple. If there is an order of discovery
entered by a judge in a specific case and the prosecutor has in his discoverable file a copy of the criminal history,
then it is part of the discovery and can be released. If it is not part of the prosecutorís discoverable file, then
the judge must subpoena the criminal history directly from FBI CJIS. An agency may not run this III request through
III from their terminal. If they do, and it is caught in an Audit, they will be marked out of compliance.