South Dakota Death Records Information
In South Dakota, the Vital Records Office of the South Dakota Department of Health maintains and issues the records of all deaths that occur in the state of South Dakota. The South Dakota Department of Health maintains South Dakota Death Records of 1905-present. However, the records of deaths that occurred before 1960 are available only at the Office of Vital Records present in the county where the death occurred.
It is important to keep in mind that not everyone is eligible to request for and access certified South Dakota Death Records. Under South Dakota law, only the following people can request for and obtain a copy of a person’s death record certificate in South Dakota.
Who Can Get a Copy of a South Dakota Death Certificate
- Registrant- person listed on the record
- Next of Kin- siblings and grandparents
- Adult children
- Legal guardian
- Designated agent
- Person with personal or property interest in the record
There are two types of death records that you can request for and obtain in South Dakota: informational records and Photostatic records. The process and fees for obtaining both the records is the same. Following is what the aforementioned death records refer to.
Unofficial South Dakota Death Records
Issued on a plain paper, informational records cannot be used for legal purposes or as proof of identification. There is no seal or signature of the issuing agent on the informational death record and ‘for informational purposes’ statement is written clearly on it.
Photostatic Death Records
This is a copy of the original death record. These records are certified and contain information relevant to the death.
As mentioned above, the process for obtaining both types of death records is the same. You can make a request for and obtain South Dakota Death Records in three different ways: in person, by mail and online. Let’s take a brief look at how you can obtain the death record you need through each method.
How to Get South Dakota Death Records in Person
The first way to request for and obtain the death record you need is in person. To obtain the death record you need in person, visit any Register of Deeds or State Office, complete and submit South Dakota Vital Records Request, provide proof of identity and pay the $15 fee.
South Dakota Death Records by Mail
Another way for you to make a request for and obtain the death record you need is by mail. To make a mail request for the death record you need, complete and mail the aforementioned application along with a copy of your photo ID and a pay order or cheque for the fee to:
Vital Records State Department of Health 207 East Missouri Avenue, Suite 1-A Pierre, SD 57501
Looking South Dakota Death Records Online
The final way to make a request for and obtain the death record you need is online. To make an online request for the death record you need, visit the website of VitalCheck, follow the instructions given there, and pay the required fee. In addition to the record search fee, an additional online processing fee is charged when you obtain South Dakota Death Records online.
You can also obtain the death record you need online through public databases. To find out more, call the South Dakota Department of Health at 800-738-2301.