Melissa Magstadt, South Dakota Secretary of Health
South Dakota Department of Health

Certificates & Records


Contact us:
221 West Capitol Ave
Pierre, SD 57501
(P) 605-773-4961
(F) 605-773-2680

Office Hours:
8am-5pm Monday-Friday
(Except on official state holidays)

This office within the Division of Licensure and Accreditation maintains birth, death, marriage, and divorce records for the State and issues certified copies of such records.

Click on the menu to the left for information on specific certificates and records.

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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 site was on Family Tree Magazine’s list of Best State Websites for Genealogy for 2015.


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

South Dakota's office of Vital Records only holds the records for events occurring in South Dakota. 

You may visit the National Center for Health Statistics website for contacts in other states.


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