South Dakota death records can be obtained from the Department of Health. Certified copies of the records will be provided to authorized individuals. You can also place an order by visiting a website which can retrieve it from an online database on a fee basis.
Eligibility to Order South Dakota Death Records
Death records may only be ordered by the following people:
• Deceased’s Spouse
• Child of the Deceased
• Deceased’s Next of Kin (brother, sister, or grandparent)
• Authorized Agent (attorney, funeral director, or physician)
ID Required to Order SD Death Records
Before a death record will be issued, an applicant must provide an acceptable form of identification. The following forms of ID can be used for this purpose:
• Driver’s License
• Passport or Visa
• State-issued ID Card
• Tribal ID Card
• Military ID Card
If you don’t have one of the forms of ID listed above, you can use a copy of two of the following documents for this purpose:
• Vehicle Registration
• Social Security Card
• Utility Bill (must indicate your current address)
• Pay stub (must include name, Social Security Number, and employer’s name and address)
Fee to Order South Dakota Death Records
The fee to order a certified death record is $15.00 each.
Order SD Death Records in Person
Counter service is offered by the Register of Deeds Office in the county where the death took place. You will need to fill out a form, pay the fee, and show your ID before a search for the record will be conducted.
Order South Dakota Death Records by Mail
Send your request to the Registrar of Deeds in the county where the death occurred or the
207 E. Missouri
Pierre, SD 57501
You will need to include a completed application for vital records form, a photocopy of your ID, and the required fee. If you don’t want to include a copy of your ID, you have the option of signing the document in front of a notary.
Order SD Death Records Online
The state does not accept online orders directly, but it has partnered with a third party company to process orders on its behalf. An additional fee of $11.50 is charged to process orders made in this manner. The payment processing company accepts all major credit cards, such as American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa.
Order South Dakota Death Records by Phone
Telephone orders may be accepted for death certificates. You would pay for your order with a credit card and an additional fee would be charged for processing the order. The $11.50 expedite fee applies in this instance as well.
If you are looking for a quick and convenient way to order SD death records, consider visiting a website which can provide them for a fee. These websites would have a search box where you can type in the name of the deceased and other information to help narrow down the search. You should be able to find out whether the record is in the database relatively quickly.