Order Death Records
Please select the method most convenient for you to order death records/certificates for more information.
Order in person
Order in person at the State Office or any Register of Deeds. You will be required to complete and sign an application, submit the appropriate fee and provide proof of identity. Deaths before 1960 are available for same day issuance only at the county of occurrence.
Order by mail
Order by mail to any Register of Deeds or to the State Office, 207 E. Missouri, Suite1-A, Pierre, SD 57501. Mail requests require a completed application, signed in front of a notary OR a clear copy of a photo ID, along with the appropriate fee.
The State of South Dakota does not accept credit cards; however, 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 can be reached either through its website, www.vitalchek.com, or by phone at 1-605-773-4961. An additional fee is charged for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®.