South Dakota Birth Records Search

South Dakota’s Department of Health, Office of the Administration maintains all SD birth records and handles requests for copies. You can get records dating back to 1905.

South Dakota birth records are confidential until they reach 100 years and then they become public records. Therefore, only the following people can perform South Dakota birth records search and get a copy of your birth record: you, if you are a legal adult, your spouse or domestic partner, parents, legal guardian, children, siblings, and grandparents.

You must also prove your identity and relationship to the person on record. You can do so with one of the following forms of photo ID: driver’s license, passport, military ID and a government-issued ID.

If you cannot supply one of the above, you need to have two of the following to prove your identity:

  • Bank statement with current address.
  • Utility bill with current address,
  • Social security card.
  • Car registration.
  • Pay stub with your name and social security number on it.

Types of SD Birth Records

The state offers three different types of birth records that you can purchase.

Certified Copy - a certified copy is a legal document and proof of your identity that you can use when applying for government permits, school, the military or getting a driver’s license and passport. A certified copy will have a raised seal and be signed by the issuing agent.

Informational Copy - an informational copy is printed on plain, white paper and is not a legal document and not proof of your identity. There will be no raised seal or signature.

Photostatic Copy - photostatic copies are a photocopy of the original certificate and may be certified or non-certified. Most will include a seal and may be used to verify your identity.

State Population

The Northern Midwest state of South Dakota has a current population of 877,790 and even though it is the 17th largest state in the country, it is very sparsely populated. It has a healthy growth rate of 1.17% ranking 11th overall in the U.S. the state is quite large with a total area of 77,116 square miles. However, it has only 10.7 people per square mile, making it very sparsely populated ranking 46th regarding population density. The state was initially part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and then became its own state in November of 1889.

State Population
1 birth every 2570 seconds

1 death every 3855 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are less women than men in South Dakota. The total population of South Dakota is estimated at 861,542 people with 434,398 male and 427,144 female. There are 7,254 less more women than men in the state, which is 49.58% of the total population.

The South Dakota Gender Ratio is 102 men to 100 women (99:100) or 1.02. State’s gender ratio is higher than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.

Gender ratio in 2016


Total population in 2016


Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016

South Dakota Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 14.32 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 12,275 total births — the lowest in South Dakota history, and higher than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 12,275, 0.31% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than South Dakota

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than South Dakota Top 4 states with a higher birth rate than South Dakota
Iowa - 13.18Utah - 16.47
South Carolina - 11.66Alaska - 15.12
Texas - 14.03North Dakota - 15.04
Delaware - 11.55District Of Columbia - 14.47
Alabama - 12.25

Top 5 Counties in South Dakota with the lowest/highest Birth Rate

Top 5 counties in South Dakota with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in South Dakota with the highest birth rate
Pennington County - 13.45Minnehaha County - 15.68
Minnehaha County - 15.68Pennington County - 13.45

Fertility Rate in SD

In South Dakota the fertility rate based on historical data went from 77.81 to 77.40 from 2010-2016, and currently is higher than the crude fertility rate of the US - 77.65 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 27.27 to 28.03.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of South Dakota are Minnehaha County - 79.13, Pennington County - 75.56 .

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain a South Dakota Birth Certificate

You can request a South Dakota birth records search online, as well as in person and by mail. You must fill out an application, regardless of how you order. You can visit the State Office or any Register of Deeds in each county for a copy of your South Dakota birth record for same day service.

The state charges a non-refundable $15 for each for each birth record certificate.

When ordering via mail, you can send your fee, application, and proof of identity to 207 E. Missouri, Suite1-A, Pierre, SD 57501. You will also need to have your application notarized.

South Dakota Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $15.00
Organization: Vital Records; State Department of Health
Address:207 East Missouri Avenue, Suite 1-A, Pierre, SD 57501
Remarks: State office has records filed after July 1905. Personal check or money order should be made payable to South Dakota Department of Health. To verify current fees the telephone number is (605) 773-4961. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the internet at the South Dakota Department of Health website. Mail-in applicants must send in a clear copy of a government-issued photo ID OR have their signature notarized..