In the State of South Carolina, the Governor has no authority to expunge a criminal record. Pursuant to the South Carolina Code of Laws, a criminal record may only be expunged through an application to the court, which must be signed by a judge.

An individual should contact the solicitor’s office in the area where the charge originated to seek assistance and obtain an application, which does require a fee. A list of solicitor’s offices and contact information can be found here.

Also, please be advised that an individual does not have to have a lawyer to request an expungement but can represent himself or herself pro se.

A helpful resource with additional information can be found online at South Carolina Judicial Department.

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