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Firefighter Registration: Online SLED Criminal Background Check Request

The "South Carolina Firefighters Employment and Registration Act" requires a criminal records check prior to employment of a paid or volunteer firefighter. No later than 60 days after the start of his employment date as a paid or volunteer firefighter, each firefighter must be registered with the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) by his fire chief or other employer. The criminal background check must be conducted before registration.


  • Go to the Fire Portal.
  • Insert your userid and password.
  • Once signed in, scroll to the bottom of the “home” page. Click on “Hire a new firefighter (SLED Check).”

If you need to gain access, please email and provide your preferred email address and the appropriate FDID (or name of the fire department).

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Who pays for the background check?
A: Office of the State Fire Marshal

Q: Is this a national database check or SLED only?
A: SLED provides only a statewide check.

Q: How can I get a nationwide check?
A: You may request a nationwide check, at your own expense, from the appropriate authority. For example, the FBI offers a criminal background check.

Q: Where can I find the law regarding the required state criminal background check (40-80-20)?
A: Click on the link to read the S.C. Code of Laws Section 40-80-20.

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Jonathan Jones,   State Fire Marshal

141 Monticello Trail, Columbia, SC 29203

(803) 896-9800 | Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. | Monday - Friday except   State Holidays

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