Market Assistance

When shopping for insurance, it's important to consider prices, coverage/ benefits, customer service, and quality.  Consumers are encouraged to get quotes from multiple companies before purchasing a new insurance policy or renewing an existing policy.  

The South Carolina Department of Insurance provides a variety of resources to help consumers shopping for insurance coverage.


Get Help Shopping for Property Insurance through SC MarketAssist

SC MarketAssist helps South Carolinians find property insurance coverage by connecting consumers with insurance agents and companies in their local area.   There are several ways to take advantage of the SC MarketAssist program: 

Online: Request Form │ Email: marketassist@doi.sc.gov │ Call: 1-843-577-3415

Once we receive a request for assistance, a SCDOI representative will provide the consumer with a list of participating agents and companies in their area.  Consumers can contact these agents or companies directly to discuss their property insurance needs.

Insurance companies and agents interested in participating in the SC MarketAssist program should complete the Market Assistance Insurer Registration Form.

Questions about SC MarketAssist?  Email Joseph R. McDonald at marketassist@doi.sc.gov.

Compare Sample Auto and Homeowners Insurance Rates Using Our Price Comparison Tool

The Department has developed a tool that allows consumers to compare price estimates from insurance companies that sell auto and homeowners insurance in South Carolina.  You will be asked to answer several questions about yourself, where you live, your desired level of coverage, and your car or home.  Answering these questions to the best of your ability should result in a better price estimate.

Click here to start using the Price Comparison Tool.


Search for an Insurance Company


The Department's Online Services tool allows consumers to search the SCDOI Database for information about insurance companies and agents licensed to do business in South Carolina.  In addition to contact information, you can search for licensed agents (called producers) that represent a company in your city and also find information on a company's consumer complaints.

To find information about an insurance company doing business in South Carolina, go to doi.sc.gov/CoSearch.


Search A.M. Best Ratings for Insurance Companies


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Find Market Share Information for Insurance Companies Writing Business in South Carolina
Market Share reports provide information on companies by line of business in South Carolina. These reports are developed from the amounts reported on insurers' South Carolina fee and tax returns and verified with the amounts reported on their annual statement.  
  • View the 2015 Complete Market Share Report
  • Interested in market share information for companies writing a specific type of insurance?  Click on the type of insurance under the MARKET SHARE REPORTS BY LINE OF BUSINESS heading on the right-hand side of this page. 

Claims Phone & Fax Numbers


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