Freedom of Information - Rights to Government Documents

Legal Information

  • Fee Schedule for Vital Records Services

    SC Department of Health and Environmental Control Content Detail

  • Freedom of Information Act Requests from the U.S. Department of Justice

    This web site contains information about how to use the Freedom of Information Act to obtain information from the Department of Justice. Content Detail

    U.S. Department of Justice
  • Governor's Office of Ombudsman Home Page

    The goal of the Office of the Ombudsman is to satisfactorily resolve or appropriately refer virtually any conceivable question, concern or request a citizen might have. Content Detail

    Governor's Office - Ombudsman
  • How to Use the Federal Freedom of Information Act

    This booklet is designed as a general "do-it-yourself" guide to using the federal Freedom of Information Act. This is the ninth edition of the guide, which was originally published in 1976 and has been updated and expanded to include recent court opinions that affect the FOI Act. This booklet was researched and edited by The FOI Service Center, a project of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. It describes how to use the Act as an effective investigative tool, and provides sample letters, forms and directories to assist you in dealing with the government promptly and effectively. Content Detail

    The Reporters' Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Keep America Safe and Free

    The ACLU Campaign to Defend the Constitution The urgency in our campaign to keep America both safe and free has never been greater as more than 150 sections of the Patriot Act are set to expire or "sunset" unless Congress votes to reauthorize, and expand, the bill. Resources on this page will help to educate yourself and others about what's at stake with the sunsets and to take action to preserve the checks and balances that shield our fundamental freedoms from excessive government power. Content Detail

    American Civil Liberties Union
  • On-Site Customers

    If you prefer to appear personally at DHEC's offices to request copies of vital recoreds, review this page for directions and instructions. Content Detail

    SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • Using the Freedom of Information Act: A Step-by-Step Guide

    The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was passed by Congress in 1966 and amended in 1974. FOIA creates procedures so that any member of the public may obtain the records of the agencies of the federal government. The purpose of this Guide is to help you exercise your right to "open agency action to the light of public scrutiny." This document contains detailed information, instructions and sample letters designed to help you make an effective FOIA request. Content Detail

    American Civil Liberties Union