Protocol for obtaining SLED criminal background checks
SCPA staffers are happy to run free SLED criminal background checks for member newspapers. Here's how to obtain a SLED check:

  • Call SCPA at (803) 750-9561 during office hours (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.) and ask the SCPA staffer that answers the phone for a SLED check. Most SCPA staffers are able to run checks, so we can take your information, run the check and email you the results within minutes. Do NOT email requests to SCPA staffers as there may be a delay in processing if a particular staffer is away from his or her desk.
  • You must have the name and date of birth of the person whose record you want checked. We CANNOT run the check without the date of birth.
  • After hours and on weekends, reporters  must go to the SLED website directly and pay the $25 fee.
  • Checks are for news stories only. You may request SLED checks for candidates. You may not run a check through SCPA on potential employees, girlfriends or boyfriends, neighbors, etc. For those, you must pay the normal $25 fee directly through SLED.

If you need more info, please contact Jennifer Faulkner.