South Carolina Secretary of State's Office
Mission Statement and Purpose
The mission of the Office of the Secretary of State is to provide innovative technology to enhance the process of accurately maintaining, preserving and making available essential records while serving the public by providing prompt, efficient, and courteous customer service in order to fulfill our statutory duties.
As set forth by the South Carolina Code of Laws, the Secretary of State is responsible for the statewide registration of corporations, Uniform Commercial Code interests, business opportunities, employment agencies, trademarks and notaries. The Office handles the incorporation of municipalities and special purpose districts, the annexations of land, and the escheatment of real property in South Carolina. The Secretary of State is also the administrator and regulator of the Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act handles the publication of positions within certain statewide boards and commissions and issues all state-wide cable franchises. The Secretary of State is an ex officio member of the Legislative Council and the Commission on Consumer Affairs.