Records Management


15,000

boxes of records managed each year.

Records Management provides storage for all permanent and inactive County Records for the duration of their established retention period as approved by County Council and the South Carolina Department of Archives & History.

1,000,000

pages scannned/microfilmed per year.

We provide support by preparing, scanning, microfilming, and inspecting permanent records for county departments.

130,000

lbs. of records recycled since 2011.

We provide for the secure destruction of non-permanent records that have met their retention length and are of no further value for daily operations.  This frees up valuable office and storage space for other uses. We make every effort to recycle everything we can.


 
Requests for public documents can be made by submitting a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
 
If you have questions about a county government record, you must contact the department that created the record.

 

Listed below is frequently requested information, plus a link to the Beaufort County Department Directory.

 


 Frequently Requested:

  Visit the Register of Deeds website for the following records:

  • Deeds
  • Easements
  • Mortgages
  • Plats
  • Surveys
  • Liens (Tax, Federal, Mechanic)

Contact Beaufort County Family Court (843-255-5660) for records involving the following:

  • Adoptions
  • Child custody or support matters
  • Divorce filings and records 

Contact Probate Court (843-255-5850 in Beaufort or 843-255-5866 in Hilton Head Island) for records involving the following:

  • Estate administration
  • Involuntary commitments
  • Marriage licenses

If requesting an Elevation Certificate or Building Permits for properties within the Town of Hilton Head or the City of Beaufort, please first check the following webpages before submitting a FOIA request through Beaufort County:

For Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Records, please visit them on the web at https://www.bcso.net/foia or by telephone at 843-255-3200.