How can I obtain a Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP)?
SLED conducts an extensive background examination of all applicants
prior to a CWP being issued.
Applications are available on this website. Learn more at the
Concealed Weapons Permit page.
Can a SLED agent stop me for speeding?
Yes, a SLED agent has statewide law enforcement authority. However,
agents do not engage in traffic enforcement unless specifically requested by the
Highway Patrol or local law enforcement agency, or must act to prevent an accident
or a situation that would endanger the public.
Where can I get information on crime
in South Carolina? top
SLED's Uniform Crime Reporting Department collects and disseminates
crime data from all law enforcement agencies in the state. The UCR department can
be reached at 803-896-7016. Some information is available online at the
Crime Reporting & Statistics page.
How can I get SLED to investigate a
SLED serves as the official investigative arm of the Governor and
also handles investigations for the Attorney General, circuit solicitors and other
law enforcement agencies. Requests for local investigations should be directed to
the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction over the area where a suspected
crime may have occurred. If local agency officials need SLED assistance in the matter,
a request is made and agents will be assigned. SLED does not take investigative
requests from private citizens or organizations except under extraordinary conditions.
How can I get a job with SLED?
From time to time, job positions (sworn and non-sworn positions)
become available at SLED and are routinely posted or advertised in an appropriate
manner as required by South Carolina law and regulations. All applicants, regardless
of position, must undergo a rigorous background examination. For an employment application,
contact: SLED, c/o Human Resources Department, P.O. Box 21398, Columbia, S.C. 29221.
Visit the state jobs website
Where do I go to get a criminal record check?
SLED serves as the central repository for all criminal records in
South Carolina and can provide detailed in-state criminal histories. Criminal history
record screening costs $25 per search as defined
by law. This information can be obtained from this
web site or by mailing the request to SLED Records Department PO Box 21398 Columbia SC 29221.
Complete the Record Check Form.
Company Checks and money orders are accepted through the mail – NO CASH or PERSONAL CHECKS. If you mail the request in,
please enclose a self addressed stamped envelope.
Credit card payment is only accepted on the web site.
How do I report an alcohol or video poker violation?
Since 1996, SLED has been authorized to enforce alcohol and video
poker laws and regulations in South Carolina. Suspected violations can be reported
by calling SLED's Alcohol/Video Poker Enforcement Department, at (803) 896-7400.
You also may send your information to: SLED, c/o Alcohol/Video Poker Enforcement
Department, P.O. Box 21398, Columbia, S.C. 29221.
Can I find out what a suspicious substance
is at the SLED lab?top
No. SLED conducts analyses of substances dealing with suspected criminal
matters only for law enforcement agencies. Requests for analyses are not taken from
private citizens. Suspicious substances should be reported to your local law enforcement
Who can tell me how to become a private detective?
Under state law, SLED is authorized to maintain records on and regulate
all private detectives and private security companies doing business in South Carolina.
Private detective applicants must undergo a rigorous background investigation.
are available on this website. Some information is available online at the
Private Investigations page.
Why isn't SLED's telephone number found
in the front of the phone book? top
SLED is not a first-response agency unless specifically requested
by a local law enforcement agency. SLED serves as a backup to sheriff's offices
and police departments statewide.
Where is SLED located? top
SLED is located at 4400 Broad River Road (also known as J.P. Strom
Boulevard, which was named after the late longtime SLED Chief). The location is
approximately 1 mile from Interstate 26 and can be reached easily by exiting off
Piney Grove Road or St. Andrews Road and traveling east for about one mile before
reaching Broad River Road. If on Piney Grove Road, turn right onto Broad River Road
and SLED is a half-mile down on the left. If on St. Andrews Road, turn left onto
Broad River Road and SLED is approximately 1 mile down on the right.
Can I get my fingerprints done at SLED? top
Fingerprinting services are not provided at SLED.
You may want to contact IdentoGo by MorphoTrust
for locations and times or contact your licensing agency
for information concerning fingerprinting.