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

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Columbia is observing a modified schedule and has temporarily moved to a virtual work environment for many city operations until further notice. I will have access to email and voicemail, but please allow additional time for a response.  Please email or contact City Clerk at the contact information below for assistance. We appreciate your patience during this time. For more information on the City's modified operations, please visit our website at

Process Servers should contact the Office of the City Clerk via phone or email to schedule an appointment for 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.

Municipal Court information can be found online at

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

City Clerk

Leydi Y. Grajales

Assistant City Clerk

1737 Main Street

Columbia, SC 29201

Call: (803) 545.3045

Fax: (803) 255.8936