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Legal Information: South Carolina

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
December 8, 2020

How do I register my order of protection in South Carolina?

To register your protection order in South Carolina, you need to take a certified copy to the court clerk at the Family Court where you live. The clerk will give you a copy of the order that shows it has been filed and will tell you to take a certified copy to the local law sheriff’s office to be entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Registry or for enforcement purposes.1

If you need help registering your protection order, you can contact a local domestic violence organization in South Carolina for assistance. You can find contact information for organizations in your area here on our SC Advocates and Shelters page.

1 S.C. Code § 20-4-350