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At this time, 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

For COVID-19 resources for businesses and consumers, visit the COVID-19 Resources page.

COVID-19 Resources

For Businesses:

Mortgage Broker Guidance on Remote Work/Mortgage Log Submission (PDF) (Updated 7/30/2020) - Guidance from SCDCA regarding working remotely from unlicensed locations and the deadline for submission of the 2019 mortgage log. This is the Department’s guidance on these two issues.

Interim Guidance for Pawnbrokers (PDF) (Updated 7/30/2020) - Guidance from SCDCA regarding steps to be taken by pawnbrokers temporarily closed in response to COVID-19.

SBA Loan Scams - The FTC gives "dos and don'ts" to help small businesses stay clear of small business loan scams.

SC Department of Commerce - Small Business Resources

Modified Filing Deadlines (PDF) (Expired 6/1/2020) - The Department expects that the response to COVID-19 may mean many licensees will be unable to meet the normal filing deadlines for renewals and reports.

Interim Guidance for Businesses (PDF) (Expired 8/31/2020) - Guidance from SCDCA regarding the implementation of business activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, including payment or performance deferrals and modifications.

For Consumers:

Coronavirus Scams Webinar (Youtube) - A 15-minute webinar warning of the different types of scams SCDCA is hearing about because of coronavirus and how to keep your information safe.

COVID-19 Testing Sites - Link to where you can find a testing site near you.

Eviction Protection Declaration (PDF) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an order that may protect you from being evicted or removed from where you are living. This means that you may be able to stay at the place where you live through JUNE 30, 2021, if you qualify.

How to Spot a Scammer - COVID-19 Edition (PDF) - Common COVID-19 scams and the red flags.

Look out Coronavirus Scams - A press release warning of some scams that are popping up during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mortgage Relief through the CARES Act (PDF) - The CARES Act allows certain types of mortgage loan relief because of the COVID-19 crisis. Here are the basics.

Rental and Utility Assistance - SC Legal Services has compiled a list of agencies who can help consumers who are having trouble paying their rent or utility bills.

Reservation Refunds (PDF) - Here's what you need to know about cancelling your hotel reservations and property rentals due to travel restrictions or the declared State of Emergency.

SC Supreme Court - Links to orders suspending evictions and foreclosures.

Student Loan Relief through the CARES Act (PDF) - The CARES Act allows certain types of student loan relief because of the COVID-19 crisis. Here are the basics.