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Preemployment Screening and Testing: South Carolina

Preemployment Screening and Testing requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Meryl Gutterman, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C.


  • Employers may consider prior criminal conviction records when making employment decisions. See Arrest and Conviction Records.
  • Applicants for certain positions in South Carolina are required to undergo criminal background checks as a condition of employment. For example, criminal background checks are required for applicants who will have contact with students. See Mandatory Criminal Background Checks.
  • South Carolina requires that all employers enroll in the US Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify system to confirm the legal status of new employees. See E-Verify.
  • Private employers that do not make use of the federal E-Verify system are subject to a number of potential penalties from the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. See Failure to Comply.
  • Columbia has local requirements pertaining to preemployment screening and testing. See Local Requirements.