Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Rates

The S.C. Law Enforcement Division complies with requirements of the S.C. Freedom of Information Act. Under provisions of the FOIA, SLED has 10 business days (or 20 business days for requests for records over two years old) in which to inform you of the availability of non-exempt publically available documents specific to your request and to arrange a mutually suitable date and time for document review and/or providing publically available documents. 

SLED follows the definitions, procedures, and exemptions listed in the FOIA which can be found at South Carolina FOIA. Additionally, there may be other state and federal restrictions which may apply to records requested from SLED. We abide by all laws and regulations protective of certain information. 

In accordance with the S.C. Family Privacy Protection Act, S.C. Code 30-2-10 et. seq., the information provided must not be used to contact any person directly for the purpose of commercial solicitation. 

When making a request for publically available documents, please state that the document you are seeking is being requested under provisions of the S.C. Freedom of Information Act. Be as specific as possible about the information being sought. 

You may submit your FOI request by:


Freedom of Information Office 
S.C. Law Enforcement Division 
P.O. Box 21398 
Columbia, S.C. 29221

SLED charges reasonable costs for providing documents. Fees will be assessed uniformly. Any reduction or waiver in fees must be approved in advance by the Chief of SLED or the Freedom of Information Coordinator. A deposit of up to 25 percent of the anticipated cost may be assessed prior to processing a request. 

Scanning/Redaction Fee...............$20 per hour 
Archival Retrieval Fee...............$25 per box 
CD/DVD Fee...........................$5 per disk 
Printed Copies.......................$0.15 per page

FOIA Contacts