South Dakota Birth Records


South Dakota has been maintaining birth records since 1905 when the state passed a law which made it mandatory to keep records of births.

South Dakota is a closed record state, which means that certified copies can only be requested by the person named on the certificate, as well as their immediate family members (including spouse) and lawyers representing them.

Birth records become public once they are 100 years old, which is for births in 1924 and before. The South Dakota Department of Health actually provides a search tool that you can use to search records over 100 years old.

South Dakota Vital Records Office

The office that handles birth records from 1905-2024 for the entire state of South Dakota is The Department of Health. They provide birth records, marriage records, divorce records, and death records.

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