South Dakota Vital Records

South Dakota Vital Records

The Office of Vital Records is responsible for maintaining all state-level vital records created, administered and maintained by the state of South Dakota regarding a person’s most important life events. These records include such documents as birth certificates, marriage licenses and death certificates and are compiled and stored in permanent central registry state entities uses to develop statistical analysis of its population.

Birth Records

A birth certificate is a vital record that documents the birth of a child. The term "birth certificate" can refer to either the original document certifying the birth or to a certified copy or representation of the original document. An index of South Dakota birth records is available for birth dates over 100 years old. The birth records prior to 1905 records are collected from some South Dakota counties. These records are located in the office of the registrar of deeds in each county.  There is also an olnine database for many pre-1905 births at the South Dakota Department of Health. Statewide registration of birth records began in 1905 and was generally complied with by 1932. Delayed birth records date from the early 1900s.  To obtain a copy of the birth records the requester need to write to the South Dakota Department of Health, which contains the existing birth records.

Death Records

A death record is most likely a copy of the information contained in a person’s death certificate. The state of South Dakota registers death records officially since the statewide registration law, which was signed into law in 1905 and was complied with by 1932. Earlier death records were collected from towns, county and clerks’ offices.  The existing death records are kept by the South Dakota Department of Health.

Marriage/Divorce Records

A marriage/divorce record is issued by a government official only after civil registration of the marriage/divorce occurs.  The state of South Dakota enacted the statewide registration of marriage records in 1905. Marriage records are located at the State Department of Health. Before statewide registration, individual towns or counties issued marriage licenses and recorded marriages. These records usually begin within ten years of the creation of the county.  To get information about the early marriage records, the requester needs to write to the county treasurer in the county where the marriage took place. The records of divorce proceedings since 1905 are kept by the State Department of Health.  To obtain a copy of divorce records the requester has to write to the South Dakota Department of Health. For information about earlier divorce records, the requester needs to inquire at the clerk of courts in the county where the divorce took place.

Why Vital Records are Available to the Public

In 1935, the South Dakota State Legislature pass a law named the South Dakota Sunshine Law. This law was enabled with the last changes in 2000 and aims to ensure disclosure of court records and other public records to the public: http://www.nfoic.org/south-dakota-foia-laws . Every person throughout the state can request access to access all public records through the assigned specialized offices within its determined terms.

What Vital Records Access Mean to You

In 1935, the South Dakota State Legislature pass a law named the South Dakota Sunshine Law. This law was enabled with the last changes in 2000 and aims to ensure disclosure of court records and other public records to the public.

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