South Dakota Public Records
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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 be searched online (for a fee) through the South Dakota Public Access Record Search (PARS) system, go to the PARS System page for access.
- 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 |
South Dakota Vital Records database of birth records filed more than 100 years ago.
|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|
This site contains information on how to obtain a statewide court records and/or criminal records search in South Dakota. The cost is $20 per search.
|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 for unclaimed property or check the status of an existing claim.
|Attorney General Opinions |
Browse or search the South Dakota Attorney General's database of opinions from 1984 to the present.
|Census 1915 |
Over 600,000 1915 South Dakota State Census records and view or download images of population schedules.
|Census 1925 |
1925 South Dakota State Census records or browse images of population schedules.
|Census 1935 |
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.
|Government Employee Phone Book |
South Dakota government employee contacts and phone numbers. Includes SD state, county, and city government employees, and includes school districts.
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation job search.
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 |
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Missing Kids database for South Dakota.
|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.
K-12 schools and school districts in South Dakota with 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.
|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.
is located in the upper midwest region of the United States. The Capital is Pierre and the largest city is Sioux Falls. The Official Web Site is located at http://sd.gov/. South Dakota
is the 46th most populous state in the United States. The 2014 population estimate is 853,175 and the 2010 census population was 814,191. The land area is 75,811.00 square miles and there are 10.7
persons per square mile.
85.9% of the population is White, 1.9% is Black or African American, 3.4% is Hispanic or Latino, 1.2% is Asian, 8.9% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2.1% are two or more races. 90.4% are a high school graduate or higher, and 26.2% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $132,400. There are on average 2.45 persons per household, the per capita income is $25,740, the median household income is $49,495, and 14.1% of the persons in South Dakota
are considered below poverty level.
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