Office of the City Clerk
The Office of the City Clerk is the oldest of public professions in local government, along with the tax collector. The early keepers of archives were often called "Remembrancers" and before writing came into use, their memory served as the public record. The “Clerk’s Office” routinely responds to requests for information from elected officials, employees, and citizens. Over the years, Municipal Clerks have become the hub of government, the direct link between the citizens and government.
The Columbia City Clerk is the designated custodian of the legislative record and the official seal of the City of Columbia. The City Clerk also administers election related matters including general questions, candidate filing proceedings, and referendum efforts. Columbia’s election information can be found at columbiasc.gov/elections.
Process Servers should contact the Office of the City Clerk via phone or email with questions regarding the acceptance of service of legal documents on behalf of the City of Columbia to include the City Manager. The contact information is listed below. Service is accepted in-person during normal business hours: Monday through Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Email all requests covered by the S.C. Freedom of Information Act to [email protected].
Municipal Court information can be found online at https://columbiasc.gov/municipal-court.
Marriage Licenses may be obtained from the Richland County Probate Court.
Birth Certificates and Death Certificates may be obtained from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Property Tax Records may be obtained from the Richland County Tax Assessor.
Erika D. Moore Hammond, CMC
Leydi Y. Grajales
Assistant City Clerk
1737 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Call: (803) 545.3045
Fax: (803) 255.8936