Freedom of Information Act Request

The Freedom of Information Act was created to ensure that public entities like the Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) operate on an open and transparent level. It allows the media, commercial business, or individuals to request documents and records.

To submit a request to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, please follow the steps listed below:

  • All FOIA requests must be submitted in writing. Standard RCSD FOIA Request Forms are available for your convenience at 5623 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC or at the following link:

Freedom of Information Act request form
(free Adobe Reader is needed)

  • On the form, please include your name, contact information and if you are requesting the records for commercial purposes
  • Please provide a detailed description of the records you are requesting. (Please include any relevant information, such as Case Report Number, Address of Incident, Date of Incident, Date of Birth, Social Security Number and/or other information). This information will aid the search for records.
  • Once the form has been filled out it can be submitted the following ways:

    • Standard MailRichland County Sheriff’s Department
      Attn: Freedom of Information Officer
      5623 Two Notch  Road
      Columbia, SC 29223
    • Via e-mail to:
    • In person to 5623 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC during business hours Monday through Friday (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. excluding public holidays).

Fee Schedule:  *subject to change at Department’s discretion

Retrieval / redaction fee $26/hr
Archive retrieval fee $36 /box  (subject to increase depending on number of boxes)
CD / DVD fee $5/disk
Printed copies $0.15/page

If payment is required, records may only be collected upon payment submitted in advance or at pick up from RCSD HQ in person at 5623 Two Notch Road during business hours Monday through Friday (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. excluding public holidays).


Pursuant to SC Code  Section 30-2-50, obtaining or using public records under the Freedom Information Act for the commercial solicitation of any person in this State is prohibited by law and subject to criminal penalty. No person or private entity shall obtain or distribute personal information obtained from a public record for commercial solicitation.