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The Department is currently working at a limited capacity onsite. You can file a complaint and submit applications for licensing online.  Filings you do not wish to make, or that are not available, online should be submitted via mail for processing.  

Department staff is available to assist with any questions at 800-922-1594 (toll free in SC) or 803-734-4200 8:30am until 5pm Monday through Friday, excluding State holidays. You can also email general questions to

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The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs ("SCDCA”/ “Department”) is the state’s consumer protection agency.  Established in 1974, SCDCA has more than forty years of experience in protecting South Carolina consumers while recognizing those businesses that act honestly and fairly. If you'd like to learn more about what we do, visit the "About Us" page.      

Recent News

Shop Safe During Tax-Free Weekend

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Whether you are buying back-to-school items for virtual or in-person school attendance, take advantage of tax-free weekend this weekend, August 7-9, 2020.

SCDCA Recovered/Saved Consumers Over $1.3 Million in 2019,  Complaint Data Featured in National Report

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The numbers are in. For the calendar year of 2019, the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) received 3,274 complaints and saved/refunded consumers $1,392,608.