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WEBSITE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health
South Dakota Department of Health

Ordering vital records

Certified records may be issued to the registrant, the registrant's spouse, children, parents, guardian, next of kin, or authorized representative. Proof of relationship may be required at time of request.

South Dakota birth, death, marriage and divorce records may be requested in person, through the mail, online or over the phone.

A $15 search fee is applicable for all certificates requested. Online and over the phone orders include additional expedite fees.

Before applying for a record, please note:

  • Copies of records cannot be faxed or e-mailed.
  • The fee is required prior to any search.
  • If no record is located, the fee is nonrefundable and you will be issued a Notification of Records Searched.
  • Genealogy requests should be mailed to the State Office. No online or over the phone orders.
  • Tribal marriage and divorces can only be obtained directly from the tribe.
  • Divorce certificates can only be obtained from the State Office.
  • Divorce decrees can only be requested from the Clerk of Courts in the county where the divorce was filed.

Order In Person

Order in person at the State Office, 207 E. Missouri, Suite1-A, Pierre, SD 57501 or any South Dakota Register of Deeds. You will be required to complete and sign an application, submit the appropriate fee and provide proof of identity.

Printable Application

Payments Accepted in Person:

  • Cash
  • Check
  • Money Order
  • Credit/Debit Card ($2.50 surcharge)

Accepted payment options may vary by location.

If you do not have a valid photo ID (State, Tribal or Federal), you will be required to submit 2 additional forms of identification:

  • Social Security Card
  • Utility bill with current address
  • Bank statement with current address
  • Car registration or title with current address
  • Pay stub (must include your name, social security number and the address of the business)

ORDER BY MAIL

Mail requests to the State Office, 207 E. Missouri, Suite1-A, Pierre, SD 57501 or any South Dakota Register of Deeds. You must submit a completed application - signed in front of a notary OR a with a clear copy of a photo ID, along with the appropriate fee.

Printable Application

Processing times may vary on location. You may submit your request to the State Office in a prepaid priority envelope for expedited processing (optional).

Payments Accepted by Mail:

  • Check
  • Money Order

If you do not provide a clear copy of your valid photo ID (State, Tribal or Federal) or a notarized application, you will be required to submit 2 additional forms of identification:

  • Copy of Social Security Card
  • Utility bill with current address
  • Bank statement with current address
  • Copy of car registration or title with current address
  • Pay stub (must include your name, social security number and the address of the business)

Phone and Internet Orders

For your convenience, you can process phone or online requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc.

VitalChek is the only third-party vendor authorized by the South Dakota Department of Health to accept orders for South Dakota vital records.

Place your order by visiting www.vitalchek.com or by calling 1-605-773-4961.

All major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard®, or Visa®. The credit card must be in your name for security purposes.

Charges:

 

Certificate

$15.00

Vital Chek Fee

$6.50

Expedite Fee (Regular Mail)

$5.00

Optional UPS Next Day

$17.50

TOTAL REGULAR MAIL

$26.50

TOTAL UPS NEXT DAY

$44.00

You are charged one expedite fee per order. Any additional records on the same order will add an extra $15 to your total.

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