South Dakota Death Certificate

Below is the information you'll need in order to obtain a death certificate in South Dakota, including qualifications, cost, required information, where to submit your application, and a link to the application you'll need to fill out.

Qualifications

The following people may request death certificates from the state of South Dakota:

  • Spouse
  • Parent
  • Child
  • Guardian
  • Grandparent
  • Grandchild
  • Designated agent
  • Funeral director
  • Attorney
  • Physician
  • One with a personal or property right

Cost

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.

Required Information

  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Your phone number
  • Name of the deceased
  • State file number
  • Gender
  • 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

By Mail:
Send the completed application and the appropriate fee to:

Vital Records

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.

In Person:
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.

Download the Application

Click here to download the application for a certified South Dakota death certificate.