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Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health
South Dakota Department of Health

Amendments and court orders

Amendments

BIRTH

A birth certificate may be amended upon the request of the registrant if of legal age, one of the parents, the guardian, or the individual responsible for filing the certificate.

  • Under 1 Year
    Both parents listed on the birth record are required to sign the Birth Record Amendment Under 1 Year form in front of a notary public.

    Print Under 1 Year Amendment Form

    No fee or supporting documentation is required for amending a birth record that is under 1 year old.
  • Over 1 Year
    The Birth Record Amendment Request form must be signed by the applicant in front of a notary public.

    Print Birth Record Amendment Request Form

    The fee to amend a record over 1 year old is $8. Documentary evidence showing the correct information is required to support the amendment.

    1-7 years old: Document must be dated at least one year prior to the date of application.
    7 years and older: Document must be dated at least 7 years prior to the date of application.

    One original, certified, or authenticated document is required to show how the item for amendment should be listed. All documents will be returned to you.
Suggested documents:
  • Baptismal certificate
  • Census record
  • Medical record
  • Military record
  • Marriage record
  • Insurance policy
  • Cradle roll record
  • School record
  • Early income tax record
  • Tribal membership papers
  • Parent’s naturalization papers
  • Early application for employment or retirement record
  • Application for voting registration
  • Social Security numident (No SS cards accepted)

MARRIAGE

A marriage record may be amended upon the request of either of the registrants, the individual who solemnized the marriage, the local registrar filing the marriage, or a legal representative acting on behalf of one of the registrants.

The Marriage Amendment Request form must be signed by the applicant in front of a notary public.

Print Marriage Record Amendment Request form

No fee or supporting documentation is required for amending a marriage record that is under 1 year old.

The fee to amend a record over 1 year old is $8. Documentary evidence showing the correct information is required to support the amendment.

1-7 years old: Document must be dated at least one year prior to the date of application.
7 years and older: Document must be dated at least 7 years prior to the date of application.

One original, certified, or authenticated document is required to show how the item for amendment should be listed. All documents will be returned to you.

Suggested documents:
  • Baptismal certificate
  • Census record
  • Medical record
  • Military record
  • Marriage record
  • Insurance policy
  • Cradle roll record
  • School record
  • Early income tax record
  • Tribal membership papers
  • Parent’s naturalization papers
  • Early application for employment or retirement record
  • Application for voting registration
  • Social Security numident (No SS cards accepted)

Court Order

To file a court ordered name change on a vital record, you must provide a certified copy of the court order that directs the record be amended AND provides the following information:

  1. Information to identify the certificate;
  2. The incorrect data as it is listed on the certificate; and
  3. The correct data as it should appear.

The fee to file the amendment on a record over 1 year old is $8. There is no fee required if the record is under 1 year old.
You must follow proper court procedure when seeking a change on the birth certificate. For instructions on how to obtain a court ordered name change please contact an attorney or visit the South Dakota Unified Judicial System website for the applicable forms.

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