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How to Get a Birth Certificate in South Dakota?


Birth certificates are important official documents that are considered legal proof of identification. A certified copy of a birth certificate can be obtained in South Dakota, but they are not considered public records within the State and only eligible people can gain access to them. A birth certificate can be obtained either in person or through the mail, or by applying through the phone or using the internet.


How to Get a Birth Certificate in South Dakota?

The South Dakota Department of Health, Vital Records, and the Register of Deeds of different counties hold all official information on birth records within South Dakota. Different counties only have birth records from their county and not any other. The State office, however, has all the information on birth records within the State. These are the only bodies that can provide certified copies of birth certificates in the State of South Dakota.

Aside from the State office and the Register of Deeds, birth certificates can also be obtained either using the phone, or online. VitalCheck is a platform that allows you to purchase birth certificates that will be certified as an official from the State.

There is a difference between an official copy and an informational copy. While an official copy serves as legal proof of identification, as it is certified by the State, an informational copy is not considered as legal proof of identification, and the certificate will have a statement attesting to that.

Birth Certificate in South Dakota
How to Get a Birth Certificate in person in South Dakota?

If you want to get a birth certificate in person, then you have to either travel to the Register of Deeds of the county where the birth took place and was registered, or to the State Office. The State Office can be found at:

Vital Records

South Dakota Department of Health

207E Missouri Ave Suite 1-A

The office is open every Monday through Friday, between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Once you arrive, you will have to fill out an application, submit a valid photo ID, along with an application of $15 for one copy. In-person applicants are usually given the same day service. You may be asked to provide proof of eligibility as birth certificates are not public records.

How do you apply for a Birth Certificate via mail?

To order a birth certificate via mail, you will have to submit a completed application form, which is available on the State's official website. This should either be completed and signed in from of a notary, or you should present a copy of a valid photo ID, along with either a check or money order for $15, the application fee. You may also have to provide proof of eligibility.

The address is:

207 E. Missouri

Suite 1-A

Pierre, SD 57501

South Dakota Birth Certificate
How do you apply for a Birth Certificate using the phone or the internet?

VitalCheck is the only service that provides certified copies of birth certificates using the phone or the internet. They charge an additional $6.50 for normal shipping times.

Who are eligible to order a Birth Certificate in South Dakota?

Not everyone can obtain a birth certificate in South Dakota. Only certain people are eligible to place an order for a birth certificate within the State. These people include the person whose name is on the certificate, their partner and children, their parents, and legal guardians, and their next of kin.

Aside from these, people who have an authorization, such as attorneys or doctors can also apply for a birth certificate, but they will have to show their proof of authorization. If a person was designated with the authority to access certain birth records, then they will be eligible as well. If anyone else has a right to access the records, either related to property or personal rights, then they must show proof of that to become eligible.

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