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Are South Dakota Vital Records Open to the Public?

According to state laws, South Dakota vital records can only be obtained by a specific set of individuals. Certified copies of Vital Records can be obtained by:

  • The registrant (the individual listed on the record)
  • Spouse of the registrant
  • Adult child of the registrant
  • Parents or Legal Guardian of Registrant
  • Next-of-kin (Grandparents, Adult siblings or grandchildren)
  • An authorized agent such as an attorney, physician, funeral director. Documentation might be required.
  • A designated agent.
  • An individual with personal or property rights. Information about the rights will be required.

 

What Information do I need to search for South Dakota Vital Records Online?

To perform an online request for South Dakota Vital Records, requesters will need to provide adequate information about the record to enable a search. The information provided could include

  • The name of the registrant
  • Date of the event
  • Location of the event
  • Father’s full name
  • Mother’s full maiden name
  • Relationship to registrant
  • Reason for request.

Publicly available vital records are also accessible from some third-party websites.* These websites offer the benefit of not being limited by geographical record availability and can often serve as a starting point when researching a specific or multiple records. To find a record using the search engines on these sites, interested parties must provide:

  • The name of someone involved providing it is a not a juvenile
  • The assumed location of the record in question such as a city, county, or state name

*Third-party sites are not government-sponsored websites, and record availability may differ from official channels.

 

What do I need to obtain South Dakota Vital Records?

To obtain Vital Records in South Dakota, the person requiring the record must submit an application for the record to the South Dakota Department of Health. South Dakota Vital Records can be requested and received by eligible individuals who will be required to provide a government-issued photo ID or another form of acceptable identification. The person requesting the record will also have to pay all applicable fees. South Dakota also allows an eligible individual to designate an agent to obtain a South Dakota Vital Record on their behalf. If the records are being requested for legal reasons, the person requesting the record will need to provide information on these reasons.

 

What is the difference between a Certified Copy and an Informational Copy?

A Certified Copy of a South Dakota Vital Record is a valid legal document issued by the Department of Health (DoH) upon request by an eligible individual. It is printed on security paper and contains a raised government seal and signature of the issuing agent. An informational copy is issued on plain paper and contains the statement “For Informational Purposes Only”. They do not contain a government seal or the signature of the issuing agent and are issued from a computer.

Are South Dakota Marriage Records Public Information?

South Dakota Marriage Records are available to a specific set of people who include the persons named on the record, their immediate family and agents authorized to receive the records.

 

How do I find South Dakota Marriage Records?

Marriage Records in the state of South Dakota can be obtained from the Vital Records Office of the Department of Health, which maintains records dating back to 1905. To obtain a copy of a South Dakota Marriage Record, a request must be made with the Vital Records Office. Requests can be made online, by mail or in-person at the:

Vital Records Office
Department of Health
Suite 1A
207 E.Missouri Ave
Pierre, S.D. 57501

Mail requests require a completed Vital Records Request form, complete payment of the fee (check or money order payable to Department of Health). Mail-in applicants must include an acceptable copy of government-issued photo ID or have the application form notarized. A Vital Records Request form must be completed for the application and it must include payment for the complete fee and the requestor must provide acceptable proof of identity.

South Dakota Marriage Records are also available from the Register of Deeds for the county where the license was issued. Records for Marriages before 1950 are only available for same-day issuance at the County of occurrence.

Are South Dakota Divorce Records Public Information?

Most divorce records in South Dakota are protected from public view. Instead, they're only available to a specific set of people. People submitting requests for certified copies of South Dakota Divorce Records may be required to show proof of their identity.

 

How do I find South Dakota Divorce Records?

The State Office of Vital Records maintains Divorce Records for the state of South Dakota and has records dating back to 1905. A request can be submitted to the Vital Records Office requesting a copy of a certified Divorce Record. The request can be submitted online, in-person or by mail and a certified copy of records cost $15 each.

Mail requests should be accompanied by a completed Vital Records Request Form and a check/money order for the complete fee (payable to the Department of Health). The applicant is also required to send a clear copy of a valid, government-issued photo ID or have the application notarized. The complete application should be mailed to the

Vital Records Office
Department of Health
Suite 1A
207 E.Missouri Ave
Pierre, S.D. 57501

In-person requests will require that the applicant complete an application form and provide a government-issued photo ID (or other acceptable forms of identification) as proof of identity. In-person requests can be made at the

Vital Records Office
Department of Health
Suite 1A
207 E.Missouri Ave
Pierre, S.D. 57501

South Dakota Divorce Records can also be obtained from the Clerk of the Court in the county where the divorce was granted. The Vital Records Office only issues certified copies of Divorce certificates, for the Divorce Decree contact the Clerk of the Court.

Are South Dakota Birth Records Public Information?

Birth Records in South Dakota are not open to the public and do not typically constitute public information. South Dakota Birth Records are typically open to specific individuals, who must show proof of identity before receiving the records. However, information about South Dakota Birth Records, for birth dates which are over 100 years, can be found on the Department of Health website.

 

How do I find South Dakota Birth Records?

South Dakota Birth Records are available to eligible persons on request from the Vital Records Office. The state office retains records from as far back as 1905. Records for earlier years are incomplete. A request for a South Dakota Birth Record can be submitted to the Vital Records office to obtain a copy of the record, and the request can be made online, by mail or in-person. Copies of South Dakota Birth Records cost $15 each.

To submit a mail request, complete the Vital Records Request form and submit it with a check/money order for the complete fee (payable to the Department of Health). Include a copy of a government-issued photo ID (or have the application notarized) with the application and mail to the

Vital Records Office
Department of Health
Suite 1A
207 E.Missouri Ave
Pierre, S.D. 57501

For in-person requests, applicants must complete an application form and provide acceptable proof of identity along with the state fee. In-person requests should be made at the

Vital Records Office
Department of Health
Suite 1A
207 E.Missouri Ave
Pierre, S.D. 57501
(605) 773 4961

Are South Dakota Death Records Open to the Public?

Death Records in South Dakota are not open to the public and are not considered public information. South Dakota Death Records are typically available to a specific set of individuals and proof of identity will be required to receive South Dakota Death Records on request.

 

How do I find South Dakota Death Records?

South Dakota Death Records are available at the State Office of Vital Records, which retain records from 1905. If a record for an earlier date is required, the requestor should contact the county where the record was filed. To obtain a South Dakota Death Record, submit a request to the Vital Records Office. Requests can be submitted online, in-person or by mail. Copies of South Dakota Death Records cost $15.

Mail requests should consist of a completed Vital Records Request form, a check or money order (payable to the Department of Health) for the complete fee and a copy of a government-issued photo ID (or have the application notarized). The request should be mailed to the

Vital Records Office
Department of Health
Suite 1A
207 E.Missouri Ave
Pierre, S.D. 57501

The applicant should take along an acceptable form of identification, the complete fee and will be expected to complete an application. All of this must be available before processing will begin on the request.

South Dakota Death Records can also be obtained from the Register of Deeds for the county where the death certificate was filed. Deaths before 1960 are only available for same-day issuance at the county of occurrence.

How do I find Sealed Vital Records in South Dakota?

If upon request, a Vital Record is discovered to have been sealed, requesters will need to contact the Court which ordered the sealing of the record.

South Dakota State Archives

State Archives

Contact: (701) 436-2731

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  • Marriage Records
  • Divorce Records
  • Death Records
  • Birth Records
  • Criminal Records
  • Assets
  • Property Ownership
  • Bankruptcies
  • Judgments
  • Liens
  • Public Records
  • Addresses
  • Phone Numbers
  • Relatives & Associates

Results are based upon available information from state, county and municipal databases, and may not include some or all of the above details.

South Dakota

South Dakota

  • State archives hold over 75,000 cubic feet of records.
  • There are 2 levels of courts – trial and appellate.
  • The South Dakota Circuit Courts are the state courts within the state of South Dakota. There are 7 Circuit Courts in South Dakota, each in one of the 7 judicial districts.
  • The highest court in South Dakota is the South Dakota Supreme Court.
  • It is composed of a chief justice and four associate justices appointed by the governor. One justice is selected from each of five geographic appointment districts.

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