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South Dakota Public Records

The State of South Dakota has a variety of resources that can be accessed online. This can be a real time-saver for people who need to obtain copies of certain documents and find information regarding a variety of topics. Research is made easier with the use of the internet, allowing people to access the sites that they need and obtain the required information very quickly.

Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce Records

The State of Dakota Department of Health maintains a website where a lot of information can be obtained. You can obtain a copy of your birth certificate in person, by mail, by telephone or online using the Vitalchek Network. You can also obtain a death record, marriage record or divorce record through the same link.

The Register of Deeds State office is located at:
207 E. Missouri, Suite1-A
Pierre, SD 57501

You can attend in person at the Register of Deeds state office to order the information if this is what you prefer. Your signed application must be witnessed by a notary and you will need to provide photo ID.

Driving Records

If a potential employer has requested that you provide a driving record or you need to obtain one, you can access the South Dakota Department of Motor Vehicles and review your options. The form to order your record must be notarized and you will need to pay a $5.00 fee. You can return the form to:

Driver Licensing Program
118 West Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501

Court Records

If you want to locate information or access a court case that is being conducted in a South Dakota Court, you should visit the South Dakota Unified Judicial System website. From there you will be able to select the specific court level and then find the relevant information on obtaining information from that particular court. There is a lot of information to read, and you can probably answer any questions that you might have very easily.

Property Records

The Property Tax Division of South Dakota has a website where you can find information about property taxes. You can also find a list of counties here and then navigate to their individual websites for more detailed information regarding properties.

Sex Offender Registry

The South Dakota Sex Offender Registry is like most registries in that you must agree to the terms of service before you access the website. Once you have agreed to the terms you can fill in some information to find out more about locally registered sex offenders. You have the choice of providing a last or first name, an alias, an address, a county, the city and the zip code. At the bottom of this you can then decide if you want to include a list of individuals who are currently incarcerated. You can also sign up for public notifications by providing your email address to the site. There is an option for a map search or a neighborhood search if that is an easier option for you.