South Dakota Birth Records Search

South Dakota’s Department of Health, Office of the Administration maintains all 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 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 South Dakota Birth Records

South Dakota 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.

South Dakota 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. South Dakota 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
Maine - 9.84Alaska - 15.12
Florida - 10.28North Dakota - 15.04
Rhode Island - 9.04District Of Columbia - 14.47
Colorado - 11.83Utah - 16.47
Kentucky - 13.09

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
Minnehaha County - 15.68Minnehaha County - 15.68
Pennington County - 13.45

South Dakota Fertility Rate

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

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain a South Dakota Birth Certificate

You can request a South Dakota birth record search in person, mail or online. 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.

South Dakota 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: The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred. A personal check or money order should be made payable to CDPH Vital Records. Please do not send cash. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This will be a recorded message, with an option to talk to a customer service representative. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the South Dakota Department of Public Health website. In order to obtain a Certified Copy you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the birth certificate application form, sign the statement under penalty of perjury and, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed. If you request a Certified Informational Copy of the record, a notarized sworn statement is not required. Please refer to the CDPH website for further information about Informational Copies. Effective November 1, 2013, CDPH - Vital Records is no longer embossing certified copies of records.