Vital Records
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In July of 1905, South Dakota started recording marriages, births, and deaths on the state level. The State Department of Health can provide copies of later records. The Register of Deeds in each county may hold some of that county’s early marriage records. Pennington County and Minnehaha County marriage records have been published. Each county’s Clerk of the Court may hold divorce records from before 1905.

How to Order South Dakota Vital Records

South Dakota Vital Records office files, stores, and issues certified copies of vital records including birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates for events that occurred in South Dakota.

  • Physical Address: Vital Records, Dept of Health, 600 East Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501-2536; (605) 773-4961
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  • Birth, Death and Marriage Records: since July 1905. Copies of the Birth, Death and Marriage records are available from the Register of Deeds in the county where the event occurred.
  • Divorce Records: since July 1905. Copies of the divorce records are available from the Clerk of Courts in the county where the divorce was obtained.
  • Ordering Vital Records Online – get the certificates within 2-5 days with a credit or debit card from USAVital or Social Security Death Index
  • Ordering Vital Records by Mail: You can download an application online for South Dakota Birth, Marriage, Divorce and Death Certificate Application

Background of South Dakota Vital Records


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