Death Certificates are filed with the Sate Health Department. Should you require certified copies, they can be ordered through the funeral home or may be purchased from the State Health Department.
Is there a charge for the Coroner's services?
Will autopsy reports be available?
Yes, the legal next of kin may obtain a copy by written request. This document and other Coroner records will be available after completion of the death investigation.
When may personal belongings be claimed?
The next of kin may claim belongings in the custody of the Coroner. We will arrange to bring the belonging to you. We will call you and arrange a time to meet with you. You will need to provide a photo ID to claim any property.
What should I do now?
As soon as possible, select and funeral home of your choice and inform the funeral director that the death is being handled by the Coroner's Office. Please notify us of your funeral home choice. Our office does not select funeral homes nor do we make arrangements. It will be necessary for the legal next of kin to provide the Coroner with authorization for release of your loved one, even if someone else is making arrangements. The next of kin should contact the Coroner's Office to authorize the release.
How long will it take before my relative/friend is released from your office?
Generally, release will be made as soon as possible. The Coroner's Office will call you to inform you of the time.
Can I donate my relatives organs and tissues?
South Carolina has a law that provides an opportunity for the next of kin to donate organs and tissues. Donation can dramatically improve, even save, lives of others. We are glad to assist you by contacting the appropriate agency for you so they can explain to you the options and benefits of donating. If you prefer, you may call the American Red Cross at 1-800-922-5986. If the American Rec Cross should call you, the Coroner's Office has already given your name and number to them.
Will an autopsy be performed?
The Coroner authorizes an autopsy when one is needed to establish the cause and manner of death. Usually an autopsy is not needed when the death is clearly from "natural causes." Should an autopsy be necessary, the Coroner will certify a death certificate soon after the examinations complete. Occasionally, extensive testing is required in which an interim death certificate will be signed by the Coroner. A final death certificate will be signed following the completion of special testing.
Is it necessary for me to come to the Coroner's Office to identify the body?
No. In a majority of the cases, visual identification is not necessary to positively identify your loved ones.
How will my relative/friend be transported to this facility?
We will either use Kershaw County EMS or a contracted service which is highly professional and experienced i the field of securely transporting the deceased. Transportation is done under the direct supervision of the Coroner's Office.
Where will my relative/friend be taken?
He or she may e taken to the Kershaw County Coroner's Office. Kershaw County Coroner's Office has facilities to receive and safeguard the deceased at this location.
Why is the Coroner involved?
State Law requires the Coroner to inquire into and determine the circumstances, manner, and cause of all unexplained, violent or unusual deaths. Certain natural deaths mus be investigated as well.
Does Kershaw County have a business license?
Kershaw County does not have a business license, we have a use permit. Businesses in Kershaw County must obtain a use permit before opening and operating a new business.
Do I need a building permit?
Any building over 200 sq. ft. or buildings that will have power require a permit. Also pre-built storage buildings over 200 sq. ft. being set-up on properties require a building permit.
Can I pay for my permit with a credit/debit card?
No, at this time we only accept cash or check.
I want to move a manufactured home onto my property, what do I need to do first?
First you should contact the Planning & Zoning office to make sure that your property is zoned for manufactured homes. Then you would begin the set up and registration process.
What form of payment is accepted and what are the recording fees for documents.
We accept cash and checks. Checks should be made payable to Kershaw County Register of Deeds. Please see our recording fees for exact fee info.PROPERTY RECORDS RECORDING FEES
I have two houses but am receiving discounts on one but not the other. Can I receive it on both?
No. State law provides that property tax exemptions and discounts apply only to the one legal residence of an eligible owner. (Note: married couples are eligible for only one legal residence.)
What documents do I need to bring to apply for the Homestead Exemption?
You will need to provide proof of eligibility by providing proof of your age or disability. To prove your age, you may use your Medicaid or Medicare card, a driver's license, or a birth certificate. If applying because of disability or blindness, bring certification from a state or federal agency. The agency must have the proper authority to make the certification.
Do I have to apply for Homestead Exemption in person?
For this exemption, the qualifying homeowner must apply in person at the County Auditor's office; however, if unable to appear, the homeowner may authorize someone who holds Power of Attorney to him/her to make application by providing him or her with the proper documents. The state does not allow us to send application forms out of the office.
How do I qualify for the Homestead Exemption?
You may qualify for the Homestead Exemption if you:
ARE at least 65 years of age on or before December 31, preceding the tax year in which you wish to claim the exemption; OR
ARE certified totally and permanently disabled by a state or federal agency; OR
ARE legally blind; OR
ARE a legal resident of South Carolina for at least one year on or before December 31 of the year prior to the exemption; AND
HOLD fee simple title or partial title to your house, mobile home, or life estate on or before December 31 of the year prior to the exemption, and have been approved to receive the 4% legal residence tax assessment ratio, AND
WERE a legal residence of South Carolina for one year
What is the Homestead Exemption program?
In 1972, the S.C. General Assembly passed the Homestead Exemption Law which provides real estate property tax relief for South Carolinians who are age 65 and over, totally and permanently disabled, or legally blind. The exemption excludes the first $50,000 from the fair market value of your legal residence.
Are there any special exemptions for POW's or Medal of Honor recipient?
If you were a POW or a Medal of Honor recipient, you may qualify for an exemption from property tax on up to two motor vehicles. Application should be made through the SC Department of Revenue (DOR).
What property is included in the Active Duty Military Exemption and how do I apply?
If your home of record is not South Carolina, you do not have to pay personal property taxes on property which you own while permanently stationed in this state. This exemption does not include county taxes on real property. The exemption covers motor vehicles (including trucks), campers, motor homes, boats and outboard motors, personal recreational watercraft (like wave-runners and jet-skis), aircraft and mobile homes (occupied by the owner). The property must be singularly titled in the name of the military service member in order to qualify for a 100% exemption. If there is a non military co-owner, only 50% of the exemption will be applied. In order for your mobile home to be qualified, it must be the service member's primary residence. To obtain the exemption, the service member must submit their latest Leave & Earnings Statement and a copy of their Military ID to the County Auditor Office. The exemption is valid for only one year, so you will need to reapply every year.
Do senior citizens get property tax discounts on cars like homes?
Property taxes are governed by state law in South Carolina. Currently, state law does not provide property tax discounts to senior citizens for vehicle property taxes.
Why am I getting a tax bill on a car I just bought from a dealer? Were not taxes and tags included?
When a dealer sells you a vehicle, the taxes that are included are “sales” taxes. The bill that you received is for county property taxes. You have a 120-day grace period form the date of purchase of your new vehicle in which to pay the county property tax due on your vehicle. If you do not pay the county property taxes due on your new vehicle in which the dealer purchased your plates for you, a notice will be sent to the Department of Motor Vehicles to suspend you Driver’s License 30 days after the due date of the taxes. If your driver’s license is suspended for non-payment of property taxes and you also hold a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) it will also be affected by the suspension.
What is a Road Fee?
Every vehicle registered in this county pays an annual road fee of $35.00 per ordinance of Kershaw County.
Why do I have to pay taxes on my vehicle when I have turned in the tags and/or the vehicle has not been used?
You pay taxes on what you “own” not what you drive. As long as the vehicle is still registered in your name and has not been traded, junked, or sold; you are responsible for paying the property taxes due.
How is my tax bill calculated?
To calculate a tax bill, first deduct any exemptions that may apply from the assessed value; thus generating a net assessed (taxable) value. Next, the net assessed value is multiplied by the millage rate to get the tax dollar amount due.
What is a Millage Rate?
The tax rate, or millage rate, is set annually by the Kershaw County Council. A tax rate of one mill represents a tax liability of one penny per $1.00 (one dollar) of assessed value. Each governing authority estimates their total revenue from other sources. This figure is subtracted from their overall budgetary needs, and then a millage rate is set that will generate the necessary revenues to fulfill budgetary requirements.
What is an Ad Valorem Tax?
Ad Valorem Tax is property tax, which means according to value. Ad Valorem Tax is based on the value of all taxable property in the county.
Why can't I go to the hospital of my choosing?
We try our best to accommodate all transport requests however due to call volume and availability of units sometimes this in not possible. These decisions are made at the time of transport by the shift supervisor.
How do I receive a copy of my bill and/or patient record?
Please contact our billing company at (803) 438-3666 to obtain this information
Do you have surplus county computers or monitors for sale?
From time to time we do have surplus computers, monitors, printers, etc. available for sale on GovDeals.com. Note: It is the IT department's policy to remove the hard disk drives from all computers before being sold.
ATTN: Human Resources
515 Walnut Street
Camden, SC 29020
PLEASE NOTE: Applications are only accepted for current vacancies listed on this website. See our job vacancies page.
Kershaw County also accepts applications at the South Carolina Employment Security Commission office at 205 E. Dekalb Street in Camden.
Kershaw County is a drug free workplace.
Is this FAQ working for Probate Court?
Yes, it is - quite nicely actually!
Has my child support been paid?
You must appear in person at the office to obtain answers to child support questions or call our automated number and input you case number when prompted. Answers to child support questions will not be answered over the phone due to security reasons.
How do I get a copy of my court records?
You may appear in person at the office and request a copy of documents within your file if permissible. The cost is $.50 per page, plus $1.00 for certification if required. If a written request is made for copies, a NON-REFUNDABLE search fee of $20.00 is required and an invoice for $.50 per page, plus $1.00 for certification if required, will be mailed once number of pages is determined. This invoice must be paid prior to the copies being mailed. Acceptable forms of payment include cash, cashiers check or money order – personal checks will not be accepted.
Do I have to choose a political party when I register to vote?
No, South Carolina voters are not registered by party.
However, voters must choose which political party’s primary they want to participate in for each Primary Election. If you participate in one party’s primary, you cannot participate in the other party’s Primary Runoff. If you do not vote in the Primary Election, you may vote in either party’s Primary Runoff. Regardless of Primary Election participation, you will be able to vote for any desired candidates in the General Election.
Is there a deadline for registration?
Voters must be registered 30 days prior to any election you wish to vote in. Registration by mail applications must be postmarked no later than 30 days before the election.
I will be 18 years old by Election Day, but I am currently only 17 years of age. When can I submit my voter registration application?
You may register 120 days prior to the Primary or General Election, even though you are only 17 years old, as long as you will be 18 on General Election Day. You may also vote in the Primary as a 17 year old, as long as you will be 18 years old by the related General Election.
I completed a voter registration form, but have not received a voter registration card. What should I do?
You may search HERE to see whether you are a registered voter. You can also contact Kershaw County Board of Elections and Voter Registration (803-424-4016) to ensure that your application was received and processed. Be sure to confirm your registration within 30 days of any election in which you wish to vote.
I have moved into Kershaw County from another SC County. What should I do?
You must apply for a new registration card.
You may register in person at Kershaw County Voter Registration Office, 609 Lafayette Ave Camden, SC 29020 or at DMV when you change your driver’s license. You may also register online or download the application from HERE. If you print an application it must be signed and mailed to the Kershaw County Board of Elections and Voter Registration Office along with a copy of your id. Faxed (803-424-4012) or emailed (email@example.com) signed applications are also accepted.
I am moving from one SC County to another SC County within 30 days of a Primary or General Election. Will I be able to vote?
If you were registered in your former county of residence, Yes! On the day of the election, you may do one of the following:
You may go to your former county and vote a limited ballot (National/Statewide/Countywide offices only) at the precinct where you were registered.
You may go to the Voter Registration Office in your new county of residence, register to vote, and cast a complete ballot at the Voter Registration Office.
My registration card is inaccurate, because I have moved within the county, changed my name, or because of an error. How can I update this information?
All corrections must be submitted in writing, as your signature is required. You may use the online registration or download an application from from HERE to make the necessary changes to your address. The printed application must be mailed to 609 Lafayette Ave, Camden, SC 29020 or You may fax (803-424-4012) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) the signed application.
If you have moved outside of Kershaw County, you must submit a voter registration application to your new county of residence.
I have moved within the county, and have not updated my address. Will I be able to vote in an upcoming election?
Please submit your address change as soon as possible! If you change your address at least two weeks before the election date, you will be issued a new registration card and will be able to vote in your new precinct. If this is not done, on election day, come into the Voter Registration Office at 609 Lafayette Ave, Camden, SC 29020 to make your address change and vote a complete Failsafe Ballot. Going to your old precinct and voting Failsafe will only allow you to vote for Countywide or Statewide Candidates.
How can I find out where I am supposed to vote, or what districts I am registered in?
This information is printed on your voter registration card. It is also available HERE.
Which Elected Officials am I represented by?
County Officials can be found by contacting the Clerk of Council at (803) 425-1500. State Representatives can be found HERE. Other State Officials can be found HERE.
Also, see a brochure that lists the Kershaw County Elected Officials and their terms.
What identification is required on Election Day?
According to South Carolina Law, each voter must present one of the following current, unexpired documents:
Voter Registration Card with Photo
South Carolina Driver’s License
South Carolina Identification Card issued by the DMV
Additional identification may be required if proof of residence was not provided at time of registration. Voters who register by mail, without providing proof of residence, are given instructions to bring proof of residence on Election Day, such as a current & valid photo ID, current utility bill, current bank statement, current government check, or other current government document (other than your registration card.)
Other forms of identification are NOT accepted on Election Day including police id, birth certificates, or Social Security cards.
I cannot go to the polls on Election Day. How will I be able to vote?
You, or an immediate family member, may request an application for absentee voting. You may submit this request by calling the Board of Elections and Voter Registration Office at 424-4016. The application will be mailed to you upon request. You must specify the elections in which you want to vote absentee. Or you can click on the Online Absentee Request below, fill-in the
requested information, sign the application, and mail to the address on the form
What if I wish to vote for someone not listed on the ballot?
Voters may write-in candidates of their choice in General and Municipal Elections. However, voters may not write-in candidates for the office of President or Vice president. Write-in candidates are not allowed in Primary Elections.
In a recent election, I voted an absentee or provisional ballot (Challenged/Fail-safe). How do I know if my ballot counted?
You may register in person at Kershaw County Voter Registration Office, 609 Lafayette Ave Camden, SC 29020. You may also register or change your address online or download the application from HERE. The printed application must be signed and mailed to the Kershaw County Board of Elections and Voter Registration Office at 609 Lafayette Ave, Camden, SC 29020 along with a copy of your id. Faxed (803-424-4012) or emailed (email@example.com) signed applications are also accepted.
Can a non-candidate observe the election process?
1 per candidate at each precinct
2 per political party per 1000 registered voters for that precinct
1 per candidate at each precinct
Be a registered voter in Kershaw County
Present certification signed by the candidate or appropriate party official to the managers of the polling place where they are assigned to watch
Wear visible I.D. stating s/he is a poll watcher
Name of the candidate or political party they represent
No larger than 4 ¼ X 4 ¼”
May not be a color that has a fluorescent quality
Be allowed to observe the entire voting process
Not talk with voters or interfere with orderly conduct of the election
Direct all questions through a poll manager
Issue all challenges through a poll manager
Who do I contact if I have questions concerning warrants?
Contact the warrants division at (803) 425-1512.
If I see a crime in progress what should I do?
Call 911. DO NOT get involved. Observe and record as much information about people or vehicles as you can.
How do I apply for a position at the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office?
Applications may be picked up at the Sheriff’s Office during the hours of 8:30 – 5:00 Monday through Friday.
Does the Sheriff’s Office do criminal background checks?
No, you may get a criminal background check by going to SLED or going to their website HERE
What do I need to do to take a warrant out on someone?
You must first file a report with the Sheriff’s Department.
Where is the Kershaw County Detention Center located?
The jail is located at 101 Bramblewood Plantation Road across from Camden High School. The detention center phone number is (803) 425-1516.
Where is the Sheriff’s Office located?
821 Ridgeway Road Lugoff, SC 29078
How do I obtain information regarding concealed weapons permit?
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) 4400 Broad River Road Columbia, SC 29210
My credit report says I have a lien on my property. How can I find out what it is?
You can go online to the following website http://www.sclandrecords.com/ and search under your name or you can come to the Register of Deeds Office for assistance. In the Register of Deeds Office we file Mortgages, State and Federal Tax Liens, and Mechanic's Liens which are considered a lien against your property. The Clerk of Courts Office http://www.sccourts.org/ files debt collections such as credit card debts, doctor/hospital bills, foreclosures, etc., which are considered a lien against your property. We do not report to the Credit Bureau. They hire individuals who come in and search our records. You will need to contact the credit bureau to resolve the issue: Equifax, Experian, TransUnion.
How can I find out if there are any liens on a piece of property?
A. If you are interested in purchasing a piece of property we advise you to have an Attorney conduct a title search. You would need to have a 40 - 60 year title search done under current owner and previous owners. The Register of Deeds Office files mortgages,state and federal tax liens, and mechanic's liens which are considered liens against property. You can visit our website at http://www.sclandrecords.com/ . The Clerk of Court's Office files judgments, such as: debt collection, credit card bills, doctor/hospital bills, foreclosures, etc. which are considered liens against property. You can visit their website at http://www.sccourts.org/.
Is the information in the Register of Deeds Office online?
YES. Our Land & Plat Indexes begin in December 1990. Our images for Land Records begin in January 1996. Our images for Plats begin October 30, 2007 or Plat Book C27 Page 1. Our Tax Lien Indexes begin July 1994 and Tax LienImages January 2003.
How do I get a deed prepared? How do I add a name to my property?
We advise you to contact an attorney of your choice to have a deed prepared. You can visit our website http://www.kershaw.sc.gov/ go under Register of Deeds for forms available online.
To add a name to your property you must sign a new deed conveying interest to an individual. To take someone's name off property they must sign a new deed conveying their interest to someone else. We DO NOTPREPARE documents in the Register of Deeds Office. We only RECORD documents.
What is the recording fee for a deed?
The recording fee is $10.00 for the first 4 pages and $1.00 for each additional page
No fee is charged for the affidavit of exempt transfers filed with a deed.
Documentary Stamps are charged at $3.70 per $1000.00 on the consideration. PROPERTY RECORDS RECORDING FEES
How can I get a copy of a deed or plat?
The Register of Deeds provides copies at a cost of 50 cents per page for deeds and 50 cents for plats. You can come into the Register of Deeds Office and bring with you the physical address to the property or current owners name. You can view our records online at http://www.sclandrecords.com/. You must search by name on this system. Our Indexes begin in December 1990. Our Land Record Images begin in January 1996 and our Plat Images begin in October 2007.
How do I find out it there is an easement or restrictions on my property?
Come to the Register of Deeds Office and will we instruct you how to search for an easement or restrictions on your property. Your Deed should state if there is an easement or restrictions on your property, if it does not, you will have to research the properties history. For restrictions you can search under the subdivision name or developers name. You can search our records online at http://www.sclandrecords.com/ beginning in December 1990.
What's needed at Registration?
First time program participants are required to register in the office and present a birth certificate. Returning participants may register online at www.kershawrec.com or in the office during established registration periods.
What is the registration fee for youth sports?
Registration fee for youth sports is $40.
How do I know if lessons, classes, or games are cancelled because of weather?
In the event of hazardous weather (i.e. thunder, lightning, heavy rain, or high wind) a decision regarding lessons, classes, or games will be made with as much advance notice as possible. Lessons, Classes, and games are normally held in a light rain. In the event of cancellation, a make-up time will be scheduled at a later date. Like us on Facebook for immediate notification of cancellations.
When can I register?
Spring Sports Youth Baseball / Girls Softball Registration: Typically late January but please contact Administrative Office to confirm Season Begins: Typically late March - May
Adult Softball Season Begins in April and ends in July
Fall Sports Youth Football, Youth Soccer, Girls' Softball, and Baseball Registration: Typically late July but please contact Administrative Office to confirm dates Season Begins: Typically mid-September - October
Winter Sports Youth Basketball Registration: Typically late October but please contact Administrative Office to confirm dates Season Begins: Typically mid-December - February
Can I purchase GIS data and paper maps from Kershaw County?
Yes. We have a number of layers available for purchase. You can download the license agreement from the link below and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Upon approval you will be contacted about delivery and payment. The most common layers are Addresses, Parcels, road center lines, Flood Zone, Zoning, Subdivision, Aerial Photography. We have other layers that are available as well.
A KC Data Sharing Agreement document and payment needs to be submitted and approved prior to any data being sent.
Listed below is a link to available products and the pricing list and the data sharing agreement.
How can I subdivide my tax parcel into multiple tracts?
Property is normally subdivided when a deed is recorded and an approved subdivision plat is recorded. We normally do not divide property up when an Estate plat or individual plat is recorded. The reason we do not subdivide every time a plat is recorded is because it could be for mortgage purposes or preparing for disbursement of property when someone dies. However, we will subdivide the property if the owner of recorded plat comes to the GIS/Addressing Office and fills out a split form and
provides a copy of an recorded plat. All plats have to be approved by the Planning and Zoning Department.
You may request a fire report online using the online form, call the Fire Marshal office at (803) 425-1522, stop by the Fire Marshal office at 515 Walnut Street or email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Where can I get help if I have lost my home due to a fire?
You must contact the Red Cross at (803) 432-3383.
How can I get a smoke detector installed in my home?
What are the requirements to become a volunteer firefighter?
You must be 18 years or older and complete a sled background check. Then the volunteer fire department’s membership will vote to accept or deny you as a member. You may submit your application HERE
Does the County provide curbside collection?
No. Curbside collection is available within the City of Camden conducted by the City of Camden. Portions of the unincorporated areas of the county are serviced by independent collectors, i.e. Davis Disposal and Superior Sanitation.
Does the County rent collection cans?
No. Please contact licensed contract haulers to acquire collection cans.
Can I burn yard debris?
There are limitations on the material that can be burned and specific times that burning is permitted. In order to avoid penalties and receive a permit, please contact the Fire Marshal at 425-1500 and South Carolina Forestry Commission at 1-800-705-8609.
Can I get mulch from the landfill?
Yes, Kershaw County contracts to have the yard debris ground into mulch on an annual basis and the resulting mulch is provided to citizens at no charge. Please anticipate having to manually load the desired quantity.
How can I dispose of used oil and gas/oil mixtures?
Small quantities can be delivered to our Recycle Centers for collection by Santee Cooper through the GOFER Program. Santee Cooper should be contacted directly to dispose of large quantities.
How can I dispose of a refrigerator or stove?
White goods can be delivered to the Park Road Landfill Facility for recycling. For safety, we require that all doors be removed and that the unit be emptied prior to disposal.
How can I dispose of paint?
Our Park Road Landfill Facility can accept dry cans of paint, but can not accept any lead based paint. To dry wet paint cans, sand and/or cat litter is suggested.
How can I dispose of limbs, logs and yard debris?
Small quantities, one small pickup load, can be delivered to a Recycle Center. Large quantities must be delivered to the Park Road Landfill Facility.
How can I dispose of waste tires?
Waste tires should be delivered to the Park Road Landfill Facility for recycling. A tipping fee of $100/ton is charged to cover the expense of collection and recycling.
What are the tipping fees at the Park Road Landfill Facility?
Tipping fees are $20/ton for C&D, $100/ton for waste tires, $20/ton for yard waste and $35/ton for dead animals.
What are the operating hours of the Recycling Centers?
Each center has individual operating hours. Click here, or call 425-1507 to determine the specific hours.
Where are the Recycle Centers located?
Our ten (10) Recycle Centers are strategically located throughout the county. Actual addresses can be found here or by calling 425-1507. The Recycle Centers can accept residential garbage only, no contractors or businesses are allowed to utilize the Recycle Centers. No contractors or businesses are allowed to use the Recycle Centers. All contractors and businesses must utilize the Park Road Landfill Facility for construction and demolition debris. All commercial garbage must be delivered to a commercial landfill, i.e. Waste Management or Lee County Landfill.
How can I dispose of household garbage?
Please take household garbage to one of our ten (10) Recycle Centers and place in the compactor.
What are the hours of operation at the Park Road C&D Landfill?
Monday-Friday from 7:00 am until 4:45 pm and on Saturday from 7:00 am until 1:45 pm.
What can I bring to the Kershaw County owned landfill?
Kershaw County operates a Construction/Demolition/Yard Waste Landfill. Our landfill can not accept household garbage, lead paint, asbestos or treated lumber. See this list of non-acceptable items.
How do I contact the SC Employment Security Office?
You may contact the SC Employment Security Office at (803) 432-5153. The office is located at 205 E. Dekalb Street Camden, SC 29020.
Directions to the Kershaw County Economic Development Office.
Take I-20 to Exit 98 (Camden). Turn left off the ramp onto Highway 521 traveling north. At the third light, turn left onto Dekalb Street. The Economic Development Office is located one block down on the right at the corner of Dekalb and Church Street.
Take I-20 to Exit 98 (Camden). Turn right off the ramp onto Highway 521 traveling north. At the third light, turn left onto Dekalb Street. The Economic Development Office is located one block down on the right at the corner of Dekalb and Church Street.
From Lugoff (Exit 92 on I-20):
At the end of the exit ramp take a right onto Highway 601. Proceed down Highway 601, which merges into Highway 1, through 8 red lights. The KCEDO will be on your left just past the 8th light at the corner of Dekalb and Church Street.
Do I need a business license to operate in Kershaw County?
A business license is only required in the municipalities in Kershaw County including the City of Camden, Town of Elgin, and the Town of Bethune. See the link How to Start a Business in South Carolina to learn what license and information that you may need to start a business in South Carolina.
- Visitation is scheduled by appointment only. Visitors must call the
Detention Center at (803) 425-1516 option #2 Monday through Friday between
the hours of 10:00 am – 12:00noon to schedule an appointment for a Saturday
and/or Sunday visit.
- Visitors are allowed to schedule two (2) thirty minute visitation time
slots per weekend. A list of available time slots for the inmate’s assigned
housing until will be available and visitors have the opportunity to select
the time that best suits their schedule. Visitors are required to repeat
this procedure to schedule an appointment each week.
- Three visitors (to include small children) may visit during a
visitation session. Children under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an
- Visitors are asked to dress appropriately. Shoes and shirts must be
worn at all times. Suggestive clothing, see through garments and short
shorts are not appropriate attire for visitation.
- If you are 17 years of age, you must have a picture I.D.
- You must arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled visitation time to
ensure that you are able to visit for the full 30 minutes.
- Please notify the Detention Center as soon as possible if you are not
able to keep your visitation appointment.
- Attorney visitation may be conducted privately in the attorney
- Out of state visitors who present out of state picture I.D. may be
granted a special visit if space is available.
When are bond hearings?
Bond Hearings for all Magistrate and Municipal violations are held at the
Detention Center twice a day as follows:
*Camden City Judges *
Sunday – Saturday
7:30 am – 8:00 am
and 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
You may contact the Detention Center at (803) 425-1516 option #1 for
additional information regarding bond hearings.
Can I volunteer for services at the detention center?
Religious / Volunteer Services The Kershaw County Detention Center provides a variety of programs and services to its inmate population with the help of community volunteers throughout Kershaw County. Available programs and services include: religious services, alcohol / drug education, adult education, narcotics and alcohol anonymous, library services, and life skills programs.
The Detention Center is always seeking volunteers to enhance its inmate programs and services. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact the Lieutenant of Administration at (803) 425-1516 option #7. Volunteer Application Form
Are there any employment opportunities at the Kershaw County Detention Center?
Employment Kershaw County Detention Center has a continuous postingfor employment opportunities for individuals interested in becoming Correctional Officers:
- Group Health & Dental Insurance - Group Life Insurance - Worker’s Compensation Insurance - SC Police Officer’s Retirement - SC Deferred Compensation - Paid Annual & Sick Leave - Job Related Training Programs/Opportunities - Promotional Job Opportunities
- High School Diploma/GED - Must be at least 21 years of age - Must have a valid SC Drivers License - Corrections experience is helpful, but not necessary
How can I put money in an inmate account?
Money for deposit to an inmate’s account may be left in the form of a U.S. Postal money order. NO CASH AND NO PERSONAL CHECKS accepted for deposit to an inmates account.
Money orders may be left for deposit 24 hours a day seven days a week in the black safe deposit box located in the front lobby of the facility or mailed to the Detention Center:
(Inmate Name, Inmate Number, Housing Unit) Kershaw County Detention Center 101 Bramblewood Plantation Road Camden, SC 29020
When completing the money order, please include the inmate’s full and complete name and date of birth.
Commissary is delivered on Friday. Money is debited from Inmate Accounts on Wednesday, excluding holidays. Money must be left in the black safe deposit box before midnight on Monday
How do I get a copy of my court records?
You may appear in person at the office and copy anything that is public record. The cost is $.50 per page, plus $1.00 for certification if required. If a written request is made for copies, a NON-REFUNDABLE search fee of $20.00 is required and an invoice for $.50 per page, plus $1.00 for certification if required, will be mailed once number of pages is determined. This invoice must be paid prior to the copies being mailed. Acceptable forms of payment include cash, cashiers check or money order – personal checks will not be accepted.
Do I have to serve on jury duty?
You must serve on jury duty unless: you are over age 65 and choose not to serve; you have provided a doctor’s excuse stating that you have an illness that will prevent you from serving; you have a child under the age of 7 and do not work outside the home. Any other reason will have to be addressed by the judge presiding at the term. Under certain circumstances, you may be transferred to another term of court.
Has my child support been paid?
You must appear in person at the office to obtain answers to child support questions. Answers to child support questions will not be answered over the phone due to security reasons.
Can I pay my child support with a credit card or personal check? Can I mail my payments?
Personal check payments are not accepted. Acceptable forms of payment include cash, credit cards, cashiers check or money order. You may mail your child support to Family Court, P.O. Box 1557, Camden, SC 29021. You must indicate your case number on your payment.
I need a record check (criminal, civil or otherwise).
Our office does not provide record checks.
How can I be considered for appointment to a county board or commission?
You can download a biographical data form or request a biographical data form from the Clerk of Council, complete the form and return it to the Clerk to Council. The Clerk will submit your name to Council for consideration of appointment when there is a vacancy.
How do I look up an ordinance?
Look in the Code of Ordinances. A copy of the Code of Ordinances can be found in the office of the Clerk of Council, at the Kershaw County Library, and in the County Administrator’s Office.
What is the holiday schedule for county employees?
The holiday schedule is as follows for County Offices:
Thanksgiving Day and the Day After
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the Day After
New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King’s Birthday
The holiday schedule for the Solid Waste Department:
Christmas Eve (Closing at Noon)
New Year's Day
Council may authorize an additional day at Christmas depending on the calendar.
In the event a holiday occurs on Saturday, the preceding Friday will be taken. If the holiday occurs on a Sunday, then the following Monday will be taken.
When does Council meet?
The Kershaw County Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm. The meetings are held in Council Chambers at the Kershaw County Government Center at 515 Walnut Street, Camden, SC. The public is invited to attend.
Any changes to this schedule will be posted on the calendar component of this website.
Individuals who need auxiliary aids for effective communications concerning the above meetings should contact ADA Compliance Coordinator, 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting at (803) 425-1500.
How many calls are received at the communications center per day?
The communications center receives on average over 700 telephone calls per day.
What are the qualities that you look for in a 911 dispatcher?
Qualities normally possessed by a successful 911 dispatcher are the ability to multi-task, knowledge of area, good communications skills, posses good organizational skills, has experience in either fire, law enforcement, or EMS.
Q: What are the training requirements to work as a 911 dispatcher?
40 hour, NCIC course and recertification
40 911 SC Academy Training
Emergency Medical Dispatch
On the job training varies approximately 2 to 4 months
CPR training and certification
NEMS mandated courses, 100, 200, 700 for Tele-communicators additional federal training for Supervisors and Management
Additional training as required
Does Kershaw County have a leash law?
There is no leash law for the county. There is an ordinance that states animals off the property of the owner or keeper must be under the physical control of the owner or keeper by means of a leash or other similar restraining device or be controlled by voice commands. Animals are not permitted to roam at large.
Are you required to have your pets vaccinated?
SC State Code 47-5-60 mandates that all dogs and cats must be currently vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian and the vaccination tag must be displayed around the animal’s neck.
What types of animals may I report to Code Enforcement?
Our officers do not respond for wild animals. You may call Code Enforcement to obtain a name and number for assistance with wild animals.
What happens to the animals that are picked up by Code Enforcement?
They are transported to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter. Please contact the Shelter at 803-425-6016 or visit their website http://www.kershawcountyhs.org
What should be done and who should be called if you have a missing or lost an animal?
If you have lost your pet, you may call the Animal Shelter 803-425-6016 to see if they have found your pet or visit their website http://www.kershawcountyhs.org
If Code Enforcement picks up my pet, how can I get it back?
You may contact the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter at 425-6016. Please contact the shelter for more information regarding fees. Their website is http://www.kershawcountyhs.org
What office should be called to report barking dogs, or other animal complaints?
The Code Enforcement office takes all complaints regarding domestic animal disturbances such as barking dogs, dogs running at large, etc. within the County. An officer will investigate the complaint and initiate action for resolution as required. Contact the office at 425-6017.
What should be done with dead animals?
Contact the Department of Transportation at 432-4358 for assistance in disposal of dead animals on public property or roads. If the dead animal is on private property, the property owner is responsible for removal.
How are road names assigned and approved?
Road names can be assigned by property owners, surveyors, sub-division designers, etal.; however, all road names must be submitted for approval to the E-911 Addressing Office or Planning and Zoning Office. To name a road it must access two or more houses. According to the South Carolina Statute S 23-47-60 the criterion for the naming of a new street is that the name assigned must not duplicate or be similar to an existing street name within the local government’s geographical area. Names of family, nicknames and pet names are not acceptable.
An approval form will need to be completed between the owner and the County. A list of desired road names will need to be submitted for approval. Upon acceptance of the new road name, the Addressing Office will work with the property owners to create and assign the new road name. If any addresses need to be modified during this process, the Addressing Office will make the change and send new letters out to the property owners.
Below is a list of road names already being used in the county. This may help you determine what can or can't be used.
A petition must be signed by each and every property owner (not tenants) and submitted to the E-911 Addressing Office.
Visit the E-911 Addressing Office for this document. Once filled out return with all the signatures.
The new name will have to be approved by the E-911 Addressing Office.
In most instances the County Council will need to approve of the road name change. They have the ability to approve or disprove of the change.
A fee of two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00) is requited so that new readdress and letters can be sent to the residents.
All the addresses that along this road will need to have a new address. The County will send out letters with the old and new address to each property owner.
How can I get a new address?
If it is an established property you can call or visit our office to receive the address that we have on file. If you purchase acreage out of a bigger acreage or it is a new sub-division it will require a copy of the recorded plat to assign a new address. You can e-mail or hand deliver the plat to our office and we will assign the new address. Please be sure to provide your contact information so we can contact you.
Important note regarding mobile homes: When moving a mobile home from one location to another please update the address numbers to reflect the new address.
How are addresses assigned by Kershaw County Addressing Center?
All roads, streets, etc. have a range of numbers. The beginning of a road starts with the lower number and increases to the higher range at the end of the road. Roads have odd numbers on one side and even numbers on the opposite side. A calculation is used to measure the distance to the driveways of the properties to determine the addresses. Generally there can be an address every 25 feet.