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State of South Dakota
Capital of South Dakota: Pierre

Largest City in South Dakota: Sioux Falls

States Adjacent to South Dakota: North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wyoming, Montana


Population: 754,844 (2005 American Community Survey - US Census)

South Dakota is in the Midwestern region of the US and was admitted to the Union on November 2, 1889.  The state was named after the Dakota and Lakota American Indian tribes of that area.


South Dakota State Links
South Dakota Governor - The South Dakota governor's homepage.

South Dakota Attorney General - Division of criminal investigation, consumer protection, crime victim services, and news and issues.

South Dakota Secretary of State - View information related to business services, elections and voter registration, and administrative services.

South Dakota Department of Transportation - View information related to roads and weather conditions, construction projects, tourism and publications.

South Dakota Department of Revenue - View information related to business taxes, motor vehicle titles and licensing, property taxes, special taxes, forms and publications.

South Dakota Vital Records - View information related to obtaining South Dakota vital records.

South Dakota Historical Society - Archives, genealogy information, and site index.

South Dakota Judicial System - View information related to South Dakota's court system.

South Dakota Department of Corrections - View information related to prisons, inmate work, parole, juvenile corrections and victim information.

South Dakota Sex Offender Registry - Search the sex offender registry of South Dakota.

South Dakota Department of Corrections - View the most wanted fugitives.

South Dakota Service Direct - Online source of state forms.

State Bar of South Dakota - Online lawyer referral.

South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners - Verify physician licenses.

South Dakota Department of Labor - Unemployment benefits claim form.

South Dakota Department of Health - Order vital records, search 100-year-old records, order health education materials, file a complaint, cancer registry, Office of Disease Prevention, and other community health related offices.


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South Dakota Vital Records
Information on where to write for vital records, including birth, death, marriage certificates, and divorce decrees.
  South Dakota Criminal Records
Learn where to find criminal records. Browse records for access to every county.
South Dakota Court Records
With court records you may find information on land ownership, taxes, adoption, naturalization, and more.
  South Dakota Adoption Records
Find out where to write and who to contact when in search of adoption records.
South Dakota Land Records - This link will take you to the South Dakota Land Records section of a separate site, the Land Records Research Directory.

South Dakota Public Record Search

 Other Resources:
Land Records Research Directory