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South Dakota Criminal Records

Below are three different ways to do your own search for criminal records or do a background criminal record search in South Dakota. To find the free searches, scroll down the page. If it says “Pay Site,” that means the agency or company asks that you pay for your search.

1) Free and near-free searches - listed below. South Dakota offers little in the way of free criminal record databases online. Circuit Court criminal records are not available, except through a Clerk of Court (see option #2 below). What you can research online for free, or at little cost, are: Statewide registered offenders, federal prisoners, and federal criminal court records (through the inexpensive PACER system). Those resources are listed below.

2) Clerk of Court. A statewide search of South Dakota Circuit Court criminal records can only be conducted through a Clerk of Court, which you may contact in person, by mail, or by fax. The cost is $15 per search and results are mailed. For instructions, click on the resource titled “Criminal Records” below.

3) South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.  Use the “Criminal Histories (info)” resource below to order a criminal history of all arrests and convictions statewide from the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation. Searches require submission of fingerprints, signed waiver, and $24 fee. There is a second option offered for a State/FBI Background Check, including a federal criminal records search. This type of search is $43.25 and mandated by certain agencies when hiring employees. If you order the State Only Background Check, we recommend you also do a search for federal inmates and federal criminal records, per option #1 above.


Beyond South Dakota -- If you are interested in a nationwide search, we offer Search Systems State, National, and International Criminal RecordsBe advised, a nationwide search will only include one database from South Dakota - their registered offender database. Outside of that, it includes over 450 million criminal records from the other 49 states, plus over 70 national and international terrorist, debarred persons, and most wanted databases.  The cost per search is $14.95 and results are immediate.  See Inside Edition's report on YouTube.

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