What Is a SLED Background Check?

A SLED background check is a criminal record search made through the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. The SLED Citizens Access to Criminal Histories, or CATCH, program, allows people to perform online criminal record searches, but it only includes information for South Carolina.

In addition to providing online access, SLED also permits a limited number of criminal record requests by mail. This option is recommended only for special services that are not available online, such as notarization and certification. As of 2014, the cost of a South Carolina criminal record check is $25, and the fee is non-refundable. However, background checks for prospective teachers and substitutes are provided to local school districts free of charge.