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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

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.

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

Accepted payment options may vary by location.

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.

Payments Accepted:
  • Check
  • Money Order

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 can be reached either through its website, www.vitalchek.com, or by phone at 1-605-773-4961.

All major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®.

Charges:  
Certificate $15.00
Vital Chek Fee $6.50
Expedite Fee $5.00
Optional UPS Next Day $17.50

 

Cost and qualification links for receiving documents.