Certificates & Records
This office within the Division of Administration maintains birth, death, marriage, and divorce records for the state and issues certified copies of such records.
South Dakota vital records filed after 1905 are available. Many birth records for events occurring before 1905 were filed later and are in the system. For births older than 100 years, visit our searchable database. The 100-year-old birth records sites has been named to Family Tree Magazine’s list of Best State Websites for Genealogy for 2015.
Click on the menu to the left for information on specific certificates and records.
|NOTE: By state law, vital records filed in the state of South Dakota are not open for public inspection. The South Dakota Vital Records Office in the Department of Health can issue either an informational or a certified copy of a vital record. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements to obtain certified copies.|