South Dakota Public Records
The South Dakota Public Access to Records statute, found in Chapter 1-27 of the state Code, defines “public records” as all records and documents belonging to the state, or any county, municipality, or other governing body or public agency within the state.
Some publicly restricted records include personal information, medical records, trade secrets, attorney work product, law enforcement investigation records, appraisal information, personnel information, security & disaster plans, library patron records, or information that could endanger any citizen.
The resources you’ll find below are among the most useful and popular statewide databases in the state of South Dakota. Use the tools in the side margin to access other resources, such as those in cities and counties within the state.
- Court System - The South Dakota court system has two levels. At the first level are the Circuit Courts, which are the trial courts of general jurisdiction that hear all civil and criminal cases. The Circuit Courts assign Magistrates to handle marriages, ordinance violations, misdemeanors, small claims, and preliminary hearings. At the second level is the South Dakota Supreme Court, which reviews decisions by the Circuit Courts. South Dakota Court Records
- Criminal Records - A statewide criminal records search in South Dakota 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 to you. For instructions, go to the South Dakota Unified Judicial System page.
- Vital Records - Birth, death, marriage & divorce certificates are provided by: South Dakota Vital Records, Department of Health, 600 East Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501-2536, (605) 773-4961. Birth, death and marriage records are also available from the Register of Deeds in the county where the event took place. Divorce records are available from the Clerk of Courts in the county where the divorce was granted. Birth, marriage & divorce records in South Dakota cannot be searched online, but if you know the details and you qualify, you can order record copies. Go to our Vital Records page for information on ordering birth, death, divorce, and marriage certificates.
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|Bankruptcies, Judgments, Tax Liens Pay Site|
Use this Premium database to search South Dakota or U.S. Nationwide for bankruptcies, judgments, and tax liens. $5.00 per search. Immediate results.
|Birth Records |
Search the South Dakota Vital Records database for birth records filed more than 100 years ago by birth date, name, mother maiden name, father name, city, county, and/or state file number.
|City Databases |
Access home pages and search public records free in South Dakota cities and towns.
|Companies | Corporations, LLCs, LLPs, Partnerships |
Search the South Dakota Secretary of State, Corporations Division for registered non-profit and for-profit domestic and foreign corporations, as well as limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships, cooperatives, railroads, utilities, business trusts, and much more.
|Court Records Information|
Information on how to order statewide civil and criminal court record searches in South Dakota.
|Federal Court Records | Bankruptcy Pay Site|
U.S. District Court of South Dakota bankruptcies. Register with the fee-based PACER system to search for Federal bankruptcy court records by case number, name, SSN/Tax ID, or case type.
South Dakota Department of Corrections offender locator for felony DOC inmates.
Search the South Dakota Codified Laws (Statutes & Constitution) by title list, text search, quick find, or article list.
|Most Wanted |
South Dakota Department of Corrections most wanted escapees, walkaways, and parole absconders.
|Unclaimed Property |
Search the South Dakota Office of the State Treasurer database by last name and/or city for unclaimed property.
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|Attorney General Opinions |
Browse or search the South Dakota Attorney General's database of opinions from 1984 to the present.
|Census - State 1905 |
Search 1905 South Dakota State Census records or browse images of population schedules.
|Census - State 1915 |
Search over 600,000 1915 South Dakota State Census records and view or download images of population schedules.
|Census - State 1925 |
Search 1925 South Dakota State Census records or browse images of population schedules.
|Census - State 1935 |
Search 1935 South Dakota State Census records or browse images of census cards.
Search the South Dakota Secretary of State Corporations Division for domestic churches that file Annual Reports with the South Dakota Secretary of State.
|Companies | Fictitious Business Names |
Search South Dakota Secretary of State records for Fictitious Business Name (FBN or DBA) registrations by business, owner, or registration information.
|County Information |
Use this South Dakota Association of County Officials service to browse for county information, officials, commissioners, web sites, etc.
|Eviction Records | Tenant Screening Pay Site|
Search Systems Eviction Records. Search statewide in South Dakota for eviction records by tenant name (individual or business) for just $5 per search. Narrow results by city for common name searches.
|Find People |
Easy to use, find people in South Dakota instantly! Find addresses and phone numbers. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.
|Government Employee Phone Book |
South Dakota government employee contacts and phone numbers. Includes SD state, county, and city government employees, and includes school districts.
Use this South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation service to search for jobs in South Dakota.
South Dakota Permitted municipal solid waste landfills.
Use this South Dakota Legislative Research Council site to search for current legislation.
Find out who your South Dakota Legislators are by using the interactive map, or search by district, county, or city.
|Licenses | Professional, Medical, Business |
Search free South Dakota business, medical, and professional license databases and verify license status online. Includes attorneys, accountants, physicians, realtors, and more.
|Lobbyists - by Name |
Browse by Lobbyist name for Lobbyists registered with the South Dakota Secretary of State. Provides name, address, and employer name & address.
|Missing Children |
Browse this listing of missing children in South Dakota to view information including photo, name, DOB, case #, contact person/#, case type, physical description, date/city missing from and link to poster.
|Newspapers - Historical Index |
Search this South Dakota State Historical Society database of South Dakota State Newspapers that are available for research at the Historical Society.
|Recycling Companies |
Browse this alphabetical listing of companies that accept recyclables in South Dakota and elsewhere to view business name, address, phone and materials accepted.
|Registered Offenders |
Use this South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation service to search for registered offenders by name, address, county, city, or zip code; or generate local maps by offender name, county, or city.
Browse this alphabetical listing of K-12 schools in South Dakota to view school names and link to Websites.
|Spills & Releases |
South Dakota Environmental Database of reported spills and releases of regulated substances.
|Storage Tanks |
Registered underground (UST) and above ground (AST) storage tanks in South Dakota.
|Traffic Accident Reports |
Use this TRACview service to purchase a traffic accident report if you were involved in an accident in South Dakota. Accounts are available for insurance companies. Law enforcement agencies can apply for free accounts.
|Uniform Commercial Code | How to Subscribe |
You can perform South Dakota UCC searches online, but the Secretary of State Office requires that you first register to use their subscription Dakota Fast File system. You'll find information here on how to register with Fast File.
|Voter Records |
Voter status of registration, polling place, and absentee ballot status from the South Dakota Secretary of State.
|Workers Compensation Coverage |
Use this service from the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation to verify an employer's workers' compensation insurance coverage.