Filing fees are paid by candidates seeking the nomination of a party that nominates by primary. The fees are paid at the time the candidate files for office. The filing fee for each office is one percent of the total salary for the term of that office or one hundred dollars, whichever amount is greater. Filing fees are determined using the base salary for the office in January of each election year. Filing fees are designated by law to offset state costs associated with the conduct of party primaries. See S.C. Code Section 7-13-40.
Candidates filing with parties that nominate by convention and candidates filing by petition do not pay a filing fee.
Click below to download a list of filing fees for current and previous general election years.