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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 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding State holidays. You can also email general questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On July 1, 2006, the regulation of Preneed Funeral Contracts was transferred to the Department. The law requires that a funeral home be licensed to sell Preneed Funeral Contracts. All monies received for a Preneed Funeral Contract must be deposited into a trust account or burial insurance policy. Each Preneed Funeral Contract must be submitted to the Department accompanied by a $20 filing fee, part of which goes into the loss reimbursement fund.
There is an Initial/New Preneed Funeral Contracts Licensing fee of $250 and a renewal fee of $200. The Preneed Funeral Contracts License must be renewed by September 30th of every odd-numbered year.
For a list of currently licensed Preneed Funeral Contract Providers, please see our Licensee Lookup page.
Initial and renewal filings are now available on the Department's new online licensing system!
*Please note the Department's new physical address is 293 Greystone Blvd., Ste. 400 | Columbia, SC | 29210*
**Mailings may still be sent to PO Box 5757 | Columbia, SC | 29250-5757**
For licensed Preneed Funeral Contract providers:
S.C. Code Ann. § 32-7-10 et seq.
Funeral Directors are licensed by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation:
S.C. Code Ann. § 40-19-5 et seq.