Ditch the Pitch
You can file a complaint and submit applications for licensing online. Filings you do not wish to make, or that are not available, online can 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 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, exclusing State holidays. You can also email general questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shopping around, comparing terms and dealing with a licensed company may save you money and a headache or two. Whether you need a loan, are looking to buy a car or other product or service, knowing the terms and researching the company are the most important steps to get the best deal for you.
State, federal and local laws require licenses or permits to work in certain fields. DCA oversees fifteen different business types, including credit counselors, gyms, mortgage brokers, pawnbrokers and preneed funeral contract providers. For a full listing of industries under DCA's purview and to search for a licensee, use our "Licensee Lookup" tool.
Can't find the industry you're looking for on DCA's list? Checkout some of the other state agencies we often refer consumers to below. Remember, cities and counties may also require a business license. So, check locally, too.
|South Carolina Agency Name||Industries Licensed|
|Board of Financial Institutions Consumer Finance Division||- Lenders (charging over 12% APR) - Mortgage Lenders and Servicers - Payday Lenders - Check Cashers.|
|Dept. of Labor, Licensing and Regulation||- Contractors - Funeral Homes - Real Estate Brokers -and more!|
|Dept. of Insurance||- Insurance Companies - Storage Facilities -Bondsmen -and more!|
|Dept. of Health and Environmental Control||
- Health Care Facilities (includes hospitals, hospice, nursing home sand tattoo facilities)
|Office of Regulatory Staff||- Solar Leasing|
|Secretary of State||- Business Filings (LLCs, Corporations) - Charities - Notaries|
DCA receives thousands of complaints each year. Search our complaints to see how many were filed against a business and how the complaints were handled. If the business is regulated by another state or federal agency, check with that agency for complaints.
Check online. Visit the Better Business Bureau. A simple internet search can reveal a "scam" or if a business or product is complained about regularly, too.
Ask friends, family, neighbors or co-workers for references, especially if you are making a big purchase or are in need of repair work for your home or vehicle. Request references from the business, too. Ask the consumer to detail their experience with the business.
Shop around and compare prices and terms to make sure you get the best fit for your needs and your pocketbook. Going to get a loan or finance a deal? If the business is charging over 18%, checkout our APR listing where you can compare maximum interest rates by company name and type:
Looking for a car? Compare dealer closing fees: