What You Can Do:
Vital Records Section of the State Department of Health accommodates requests for copies of Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce Records for South Dakota Background Checks. However, Marriages and Deaths prior to 1970 and 1960 are available at the county where the event occurred. Certain eligibilities apply when requesting a record. Only the registrant, family member, or an authorized agent is allowed to obtain certified copies of a vital record. An appropriate application form must be completed and forwarded along with a $15.00 fee and a photocopy of any government photo ID to the Register of Deeds (except for Divorce Records) or to the State Office. Requests may be done via in person, phone, mail or online through VitalChek.
The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation Identification Department with its computerized Criminal History (CCH) system is responsible for processing fingerprint based background checks. A fingerprint card, authorization and release form must be completed. A check or money order for $24 must be sent along with the required documents. Incomplete requests will be returned to requestor. Results for such requests do not include federal charges, juvenile offenses, sealed records, minor traffic violations or out of state information.