South Dakota Birth Certificates

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South Dakota birth certificates

Birth certificates contain information about a person's birth, including the date of birth, place of birth, sometimes the names of the mother and father, and even the physician who attended the birth. Birth certificates issued by state and local governments will often include the place of residence, and the mother's maiden name.

Birth certificates can be used to establish a person's date and place of birth. Most birth certificates provide the mother's maiden name. Birth certificates are often required to obtain other documents, licenses or to prove eligibility.

This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing South Dakota birth records, South Dakota birth ceritificates, South Dakota birth notices, South Dakota birth indexes, and other related South Dakota genealogy records.

Birth records have long been used to help with genealogy research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the birth takes place. The Internet has allowed people to store birth records into various online archives. This has brought access to online birth records much more easier for genealogy researchers.

Newspapers frequently publish notices of births, and in addition to birth certificates, are a popular source of research by genealogists. Newspapers typically do not announce the names of the newborn, but list the sex of the child, the names of the parents, the place and date of birth.

On this page you will find the most comprehensive databases containing birth records of South Dakota. We also suggest searching for "South Dakota birth records" using, which will yield all such databases.

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How to Obtain South Dakota Birth Certificates

Statewide vital record registration for births, deaths, and marriages began in South Dakota in July 1905. Some earlier marriage records may be found in the office of the register of deeds of a particular county.

For birth, marriage, and death records from 1 July 1905, write:

Vital Records
State Department of Health
600 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501-2536

Personal check or money order should be made payable to South Dakota Department of Health. Cost for copy is $10.00. To verify current fees the telephone number is (605) 773-4961. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the internet at

For prior records, write to the clerk of the county in question.

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