South Carolina State Resource Center
South Carolina Statewide Offices
- Attorney General
The Attorney General is designated the chief legal officer for the state and has supervisory responsibilities over litigation involving state agencies, boards, and commissions, as well as all criminal prosecutions in the courts of this state.
- Comptroller General
The Comptroller General is the state's top accountant and chief fiscal watchdog. The Comptroller supervises state spending, keeps the state's books and maintains accounting controls over state agencies. All payrolls for state employees, vouchers for bills owed by the state and interdepartmental payments between state agencies are submitted to the Comptroller for processing. The Office also offers fiscal and accounting advice to state agencies and local governments, and it reports each year on the financial operations and conditions of state government.
The Governor of the State of South Carolina is the head of state for the State. Under the South Carolina Constitution, the Governor is also the head of government, serving as the chief executive of the South Carolina executive branch. The Governor is the ex officio Commander-in-Chief of the South Carolina National Guard when not called into Federal use. The Governor's responsibilities include making yearly "State of the State" addresses to the South Carolina General Assembly, submitting an executive budget and ensuring that state laws are enforced.
- Lt. Governor
The South Carolina Lt. Governor serves as the President of the Senate and oversees the Office on Aging, and assumes the position of Governor if for any reason the Governor is unable to perform the duties of that office. The Lt. Governor serves in both the Executive Branch and the Legislative Branch of state government.
- Secretary of State
The Secretary of State of South Carolina is an elected position in the state of South Carolina. The Secretary of State's office has four internal divisions: The Division of Business Filings; The Trademarks Division; The Division of Public Charities; and The Cable Franchise Authority. The Secretary of State is also responsible for commissioning Notaries Public and issuing apostilles; issuing commissions and filing oaths of office for state officials; and incorporation of municipalities.
- State of South Carolina
South Carolina is a state in the United States that borders Georgia to the south and North Carolina to the north. South Carolina was the first state to vote to secede from the Union and was the founding state of the Confederate States of America.
- State Treasurer
The State Treasurer’s Office is responsible for the investment, cash management, and safekeeping of the State's general and restricted funds and a portion of the assets of the South Carolina Retirement Systems. The office also provide fiscal management services, which include receipt and disbursement of all funds, coordination of all banking services, issuance and maintenance of all State debt and trusteeship of unclaimed property.
South Carolina Legislative Branch
- South Carolina Legislature
The South Carolina General Assembly, also called the South Carolina Legislature, is the state legislature of the U.S. state of South Carolina. The legislature consists of the lower South Carolina House of Representatives and the upper South Carolina Senate. Altogether, the General Assembly consists of 170 members. The legislature convenes at the State House in Columbia.
South Carolina Court Rules and Forms
- South Carolina Judicial Department Court Forms
Provides options to search for court forms by Court Type; by Title; and by Form ID.
- South Carolina Judicial Department Court Rules
Provides links to the following: Applicability and General Provisions; Rules of Appellate Practice; Rules Governing the Practice of Law; Rules Governing the Judiciary, Employees of the Judicial Department, and Others Assisting the Judiciary; and Rules Governing the Administration of the Courts.
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court - District of South Carolina Forms
Provides links to Local Bankruptcy Forms.
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court - District of South Carolina Rules
Provides links to Bankruptcy Rules & Exhibit Updates; Local Rules; and Exhibits to Local Rules.
- Workers' Compensation Forms
The South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission offers all of its forms in Word format so that they can be completed and calculated (where applicable), as well as in PDF format so that they can be printed out and completed manually.
- Workers' Compensation Rules
Workers' Compensation Laws and Regulations. Provides links to the Workers' Compensation Code of Laws and the Workers' Compensation Commission Statutory Authority.
South Carolina Judicial Branch
- Judicial Department
The Courts of South Carolina include: the South Carolina Supreme Court, the South Carolina Court of Appeals; the South Carolina Circuit Courts; the South Carolina Family Courts; the South Carolina Probate Courts; the South Carolina Magistrate Courts; and the South Carolina Municipal Courts.
South Carolina Executive Branch
- Department of Agriculture
The mission of the Department of Agriculture is to promote and nurture the growth and development of South Carolina's agriculture industry and its related businesses while assuring the buying public of safety and security.
- Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services
The Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) is the single state authority for alcohol and other drug abuse programming. The mission of DAODAS is to ensure the provision of quality services to prevent or reduce the negative consequences of substance use and addictions.
- Department of Archives and History
The mission of the Department of Archives and History is to preserve and promote the documentary and cultural heritage of the state through archival care and preservation, records management, public access, historic preservation, and education.
- Department of Commerce
The South Carolina Department of Commerce works to promote economic opportunity for individuals and businesses. As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing businesses grow. The Department of Commerce also maintains the S.C. Public Railways and the S.C. Coordinating Council for Economic Development.
- Department of Consumer Affairs
The S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) is the state agency designated to represent the interests of consumers. SCDCA attempts to resolve complaints and seeks to inform and educate consumers in order to create an atmosphere in which consumers will be more aware of their rights and responsibilities in the marketplace. SCDCA is organized into five divisions: Administration, Consumer Services, Consumer Advocacy, Public Information & Education and the Legal Division.
- Department of Corrections
The South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) protects the citizens by confining offenders in controlled facilities and by providing rehabilitative, self-improvement opportunities to prepare inmates for their re-integration into society.
- Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
The SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN) is the state agency that plans, develops, coordinates and funds services for South Carolinians with the severe, lifelong disabilities of: mental retardation and related disabilities; autism; traumatic brain injury; and spinal cord injury and similar disability. DDSN works with other state agencies to coordinate, arrange for and deliver services to eligible persons. DDSN’s specialized services supplement and enhance, not replace, services provided by other state agencies.
- Department of Education
The South Carolina Department of Education is the state education agency of South Carolina. Its divisions include: Accountability; Educatior Quality and Leadership; Finance and Operations; Innovation and Support; and Standards and Learning. The Department also manages several different education-related offices.
- Department of Employment and Workforce
When reliable employment proves difficult, the Department of Employment and Workforce helps people work toward financial stability by providing unemployment benefits, job opportunities, and workforce services. To promote stable employment and economic growth for all, the Department tracks trends and statistics and connects employers and job seekers in the true spirit of productivity.
- Department of Health and Environmental Control
The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is the state agency charged with protecting public health, coastal resources, and the state’s land, air and water quality as authorized under multiple state and federal laws. DHEC promotes and protects the health of the public and the environment.
- Department of Health and Human Services
The Mission of the Department of Health and Human Services is to manage the Medicaid program to provide the best healthcare value for South Carolinians.
- Department of Insurance
The mission of the State of South Carolina Department of Insurance (SCDOI) is to protect the insurance consumers, the public interest, and the insurance marketplace by ensuring the solvency of insurers; by enforcing and implementing the insurance laws of this State; and by regulating the insurance industry in an efficient, courteous, responsive, fair, and equitable manner.
- Department of Juvenile Justice
The South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is a state cabinet agency, and by law, it is also a treatment and rehabilitative agency for the state's juveniles. DJJ is responsible for providing custodial care and rehabilitation for the state’s children who are incarcerated, on probation or parole, or in community placement for a criminal or status offense.
- Department of Labor Licensing and Registration
The mission of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR) is to promote the health, safety and economic well-being of the public through regulation, licensing, enforcement, training and education. LLR includes the following offices and divisions: the Division of Professional and Occupational Licensing; the Division of Fire and Life Safety; the Division of Labor; the Division of Administration; the Office of General Counsel; and the Office of Immigrant Worker Compliance.
- Department of Mental Health
The S.C. Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) gives priority to adults, children, and their families affected by serious mental illnesses and significant emotional disorders. SCDMH is committed to eliminating stigma and promoting the philosophy of recovery, to achieving SCDMH's goals in collaboration with all stakeholders, and to assuring the highest quality of culturally competent services possible.
- Department of Natural Resources
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is composed of the former Wildlife and Marine Resources Department, Water Resources Commission, Land Resources Commission, State Geological Survey and S.C. Migratory Waterfowl Committee. DNR's mission is to serve as the principal advocate for and steward of South Carolina’s natural resources.
- Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Discoversouthcarolina.com is South Carolina's official tourism site. It is hosted by the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism (SCPRT). Through SCPRT’s tourism-based Community and Economic Development efforts, it is able to extend the benefits of tourism to all areas of the state and to assist rural and lesser-developed communities in generating economic activities.
- Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services
The South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services (PPPS) is charged with the community supervision of offenders placed on probation by the court and paroled by the State Board of Paroles and Pardons, as well as those on Youthful Offender Release from the South Carolina Department of Corrections. PPPS also supervises offenders through a number of community sanctions, and helps ensure that they meet highly specific conditions of parole.
- Department of Public Safety
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) exists to ensure the safety of South Carolina's citizens and visitors. SCDPS fulfills this mission by: enforcing the traffic, motor vehicle and motor carrier laws; educating the public on highway safety; administering highway safety and criminal justice grant programs; and providing security and safety services for public officials as well as state properties.
- Department of Revenue
The South Carolina Department of Revenue administers 32 taxes, collecting more than $6.1billion annually. The Department's mission is to administer the tax laws of the state and to collect taxes in a manner that ensures public confidence in our integrity, effectiveness and fairness.
- Department of Social Services
South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) is one of South Carolina's largest agencies. South Carolina created DSS to provide the state's residents with assistance and protection programs. The mission of DSS is to ensure the safety and health of children and adults who cannot protect themselves, and to assist those in need of food assistance and temporary financial assistance while transitioning into employment.
- Department of Transportation
The function and purpose of the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is the systematic planning, construction, maintenance, and operation of the state highway system and the development of a statewide mass transit system that is consistent with the needs and desires of the public. SCDOT also coordinates all state and federal programs relating to highways. The goal of the SCDOT is to provide adequate, safe, and efficient transportation services for the movement of people and goods.
- Emergency Management Division
The mission of the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) is to develop, coordinate, and lead the state emergency management program, enabling effective preparation for, and efficient response to, emergencies and disasters in order to save lives, reduce human suffering and reduce property loss.
- Governor's Office of Executive Policy and Programs
The Office of Executive Policy and Programs (OEPP) provides administrative and financial services for the Governor’s Office. OEPP also administers programs statutorily assigned to the Governor’s Office. These programs serve the residents of South Carolina by providing a wide variety of essential services including assistance to abused and neglected children, children with emotional and behavioral issues, victims of crime, people with disabilities, veterans, small and minority owned businesses, and those in need of help with home utility expenses.
- Office of Regulatory Staff
The South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) is responsible for many of the non-adjudicative functions associated with utility regulation that formerly fell under the auspices of the S.C. Public Service Commission (PSC). ORS is charged with representing the public interest of South Carolina in utility regulation for the major utility industries: electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water/wastewater, and transportation. ORS also has responsibility for oversight of railroad safety and natural gas pipeline safety in South Carolina.
- South Carolina Administrative Law Court
The mission of the Administrative Law Court is to provide a neutral forum for fair, prompt and objective hearings for any person affected by an action or proposed action of certain agencies of the State of South Carolina. The Court's jurisdiction is statutory in nature. Because the Court is an agency within the executive branch of state government, its power to hear a particular type of case from a particular agency is derived exclusively from the legislative branch of state government, the General Assembly.
- State Law Enforcement Division
The primary mission of the State Law Enforcement Division is to provide quality manpower and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies and to conduct investigations on behalf of the state as directed by the Governor and Attorney General.
- State Library
The South Carolina State Library is a national model for innovation, collaboration, leadership and effectiveness. It is the keystone in South Carolina’s intellectual landscape. To meet the information needs of both state government and the citizens of South Carolina, the State Library maintains a general collection of non-fiction publications on a wide range of topics, such as history, art, applied technology, political science, and the social sciences.
- State Museum
The South Carolina State Museum, located in Columbia, South Carolina, is the largest museum in the Southeastern United States. The museum represents four disciplines: art, cultural history, science and technology, and natural history. Through innovative partnerships, comprehensive collections, and stimulating exhibits and programs, The South Carolina State Museum provides educational environments that entertain, inspire imagination and creativity, and enrich the lives of visitors.
South Carolina Boards and Commissions
- Budget and Control Board
The South Carolina Budget and Control Board plays a key role in the general management of state government. This institution is unique to South Carolina and provides a broad array of services to other parts of the public sector as well as administrative and regulatory functions. The Board's divisions include Budget and Analysis; General Services; Retirement Systems; Insurance & Grants Services; Procurement Services; State Information Technology; and the Office of the Executive Director.
- Commission for Minority Affairs
The mission of the Commission for Minority Affairs is to serve as a catalyst to bring about economic prosperity and social equity for all ethnic minorities. This is accomplished through research, facilitation of improved public policy, and collaboration with other organizations to bring best practices and programs to South Carolina that address poverty and deprivation. The Commission includes the following departments: Administration; Policy & Research; Community Based Services; and Focus Areas.
- Forestry Commission
The mission of the South Carolina Forestry Commission is to protect, promote, enhance, and nurture the forest lands of South Carolina in a manner consistent with achieving the greatest good for its citizens. Responsibilities extend to all forest lands, both rural and urban, and to all associated forest values and amenities including, but not limited to, timber, wildlife, water quality, air quality, soil protection, recreation, and aesthetics.
- Higher Education Tuition Grants Commission
The SC Tuition Grants Program is administered by the SC Higher Education Tuition Grants Commission through an annual appropriation by the State General Assembly. The program's purpose is to provide need-based grant assistance to eligible South Carolina undergraduate students attending, on a full time basis, eligible independent non-profit in-state colleges.
- Public Service Commission
The Public Service Commission essentially functions as a court for cases involving utilities and other regulated companies. The Public Service Commission has broad jurisdiction over matters pertaining to the investor owned electric and gas utility companies, water and wastewater companies, telecommunications companies, motor carriers of household goods, hazardous waste disposal, and taxicabs.
- South Carolina Arts Commission
The South Carolina Arts Commission, an autonomous state agency governed by a nine-member Board of Commissioners, was created by an act of the state legislature in 1967. Its mission is to build a thriving arts environment for the benefit of all South Carolinians.
- South Carolina Commission for the Blind
The South Carolina Commission for the Blind is a state agency created to provide rehabilitation services, adjustment to blindness training, prevention of blindness, independent living services and various other services to blind and severely visually impaired citizens of South Carolina. These services are made available with state and Federal funding, and there is no charge to consumers for services.
- South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education manages college grants and scholarships including community college grants.
- South Carolina Educational Television Commission
The Educational Television Commission (ETV) is South Carolina's statewide network with 11 television stations, eight radio stations and a closed-circuit educational telecommunications system in more than 2000 schools, colleges, businesses, and government agencies.
- South Carolina Election Commission
The mission of the State Election Commission is to ensure every eligible citizen has the opportunity to register to vote, participate in fair and impartial elections, and have the assurance that their votes will count.
- State Ethics Commission
The State Ethics Commission has responsibilities for financial disclosure; campaign practices and disclosure; lobbyist registration and disclosure; and ethical rules of conduct. The Commission can issue advisory opinions as well as conduct investigations and hearings into complaints.
- State Housing Finance & Development Authority
The South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority administers a number of Federal and State programs directed at low and low-to-moderate income South Carolinians. The Authority's programs assist families and neighborhoods and help stimulate the economy by supporting jobs in the construction, real estate, and financial industries. SC State Housing is self-sustaining and receives no state appropriations.
- Workers' Compensation Commission
The Workers’ Compensation Commission is responsible for administering the workers’ compensation law in South Carolina. The Commission works closely with the Governor, the General Assembly, and the Commission’s many constituents to ensure that the workers’ compensation system is fair, equitable, and responsive to the needs of the citizens of South Carolina.