Vital Records

To apply for a driver's license in South Carolina, you will need to bring at least one primary document, which can include a birth certificate. Birth certificates are available from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. The office retains birth records as far back as 1900, although certificates have been recorded electronically since 2001. Your birth certificate is available only to you or parties with a tangible interest, such as immediate family, a legal guardian or attorney. Birth certificate requests must be made over the phone, by mail, or online. The cost of a birth certificate ranges from $12 to $21.50.