How to Obtain Birth Certificates in South Dakota
There are times when you need to verify you are who you say you are and a legal copy of your birth certificate does that beautifully. Whenever you apply for a driver’s license, passport, the military or school you will need a copy.
If you were born in South Dakota and needed a copy of your birth certificate, you can obtain one by following the steps below.
South Dakota’s Department of Health manages all vital records, and you must contact them for a copy of your birth certificate. They have been retaining them since 1905. You can get your copy in person or by mail.
Only specific people can access birth records, and only the list below could get a copy of yours:
- You, if you are 18 or older.
- Your parents.
- Your spouse.
- Your guardian.
- Your legal “next of kin.”
- An authorized agent.
First, you will need to download a copy of the application and complete it. You can then visit any State Office or Register of Deeds to complete the order. Be sure to bring your photo ID and the fees.
If you want to order by mail, send your completed paperwork and fees to:
207 E. Missouri, Suite1-A,
Pierre, SD 57501
You will need the following information to fill out your application:
- Your name.
- Your address.
- Your phone number.
- Your signature.
- Full name of the person on record.
- Date of birth.
- Place of birth.
- Father’s full name.
- Mother’s full name including maiden name.
- Your relationship, to the person on the record.
When applying by mail, you will need to have your application notarized.
You must also pay a non-refundable $15 fee per copy of your birth certificate, and if you want expedited service, you will need to pay an additional $11.50.
You also have the option of using an online service such VitalChek.com to search for and order a copy of your birth certificate. This service is government-approved for certified copies, and you can order expedited shipping to get them quicker.