How to Obtain Divorce Certificates in South Dakota?
There are times in life when you need to validate your identity, name change, or marital status. You might need a copy of your divorce certificate. If you were divorced in South Dakota, you can obtain one by following the procedure below.
The South Dakota Department of Health handles vital records and supplies copies of divorce records. You can obtain one in a few ways such as by mail, by phone or online.
If you order a copy by mail, you first need to download a copy of the application, fill it out and then mail it to:
South Dakota Department of Health
207 E Missouri Ave Suite 1A
Pierre, SD 57501
You will need to have the following information handy and a copy of your ID:
- Your full name, address, and phone number.
- Your signature.
- A copy of a valid photo ID (driver’s license, military or state ID, passport).
- Full name of husband.
- Full name of wife (including maiden name).
- Date of the divorce.
- The number of copies requested.
- Your relationship with either party.
- Type of copy (informal or certified).
You will need to have the form notarized by an official. You can also order records by phone for expedited service by calling (605) 773-4961, and you can pay by credit card.
The fee for a copy is $15 per record, and you can make your check or money order out to Vital Records.
If you order by phone, you will be charged an additional $11.50 for expedited service.
You may also use a service like VitalChek to do an online search and request a copy of your divorce certificate through them. They offer expedited services, and you can pay with a credit card. Additional fees may apply for expedited service.
Another option is to contact your original divorce lawyer and get a copy from them. They are required by law to keep legal documents for some number of years. If they don’t have yours on file, they can get a copy for you.