The following people may request death certificates from the state of South Dakota:
- Designated agent
- Funeral director
- One with a personal or property right
The fee to search for a death certificate is $15.00, which includes one certified copy of the death certificate. Each additional copy of the record ordered at the same time is also $15.00. Checks or money orders should be made payable to the "South Dakota Department of Health." Cash is not accepted. Fees are not refundable.
- Your name
- Your address
- Your phone number
- Name of the deceased
- State file number
- Date of death
- Place of death
- Your relationship to the deceased
- Photocopy of a current, government-issued photo ID or
- Notarized signature
Submitting Your Request
Send the completed application and the appropriate fee to:
207 E. Missouri Avenue, Suite 1A
Pierre, SD 57501
You may also send the request to the Register of Deeds in the county in which the death occurred. For a list of counties and the contact information for the Registers of Deeds, click here.
You may request a certified death certificate in person from the Register of Deeds in the county in which the death took place. For a list of counties and the contact information for the Registers of Deeds, click here.