How to Get a Divorce Certificate in South Dakota Effortlessly

Divorce Certificates How to Get a Divorce Certificate in South Dakota Effortlessly

South Dakota Divorce Certificate Made Easy

Documents, documents, documents. Moving in this world seems to revolve around getting the right documents. A divorce certificate is often one of those necessary pieces of paper. 

In South Dakota, a copy of a divorce certificate may be necessary to remarry, refinance a house, or prove divorce to creditors. But getting a divorce certificate can mean spending valuable time navigating the state's Vital Records department. DoNotPay has an easier way. 

What is the Difference Between a Divorce Certificate and Divorce Decree?

According to LegalZoom, a divorce certificate is very different from a divorce decree. When a divorce happens, the court overseeing the process issues a divorce decree. This decree can only be issued by a court, and can only be issued once (although you may be able to get additional copies).

Once the decree is made, the vital records office usually makes up a certificate with the pertinent information from the decree. Things like the date of divorce and the names of the spouses. This is the divorce certificate.

Not all states keep divorce certificates. States that don't are:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Illinois

South Dakota does issue divorce certificates. People who divorce in South Dakota may need to request a copy of this certificate to accomplish certain tasks.

Why Get a Divorce Certificate Copy in South Dakota?

Divorce certificates are useful for a lot of reasons. For example, a divorce certificate may be necessary for:

  1. Refinancing a home
  2. Changing a name
  3. Getting remarried
  4. Claiming an inheritance
  5. Applying for a visa
  6. Updating or applying for a passport
  7. Filing taxes
  8. Proving you are single to creditors

Any time you need to prove you are single, you'll need a copy of your South Dakota divorce certificate. These certificates are stored in the state's Vital Records department.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the office is no longer open to in-person records requests. That means getting a divorce certificate from South Dakota can take time. Plan accordingly if you need a certificate for something important. You can even request a few copies in advance, so you'll have some on hand if you need them.

Who Can Request a Divorce Certificate in South Dakota?

The Vital Records department is careful about who they give their records to. People can't waltz in and request divorce certificates for people they don't know. In South Dakota, the Vital Records department requires proof that you have a right to a document, like a divorce certificate, before you can request it. Only certain people can request certified copies of divorce certificates in South Dakota: 

  • People named on the certificates. For example, either spouse on the divorce certificate can request a copy
  • Legal children. A child of either of the registrants on the divorce certificate can request a copy
  • Parents and guardians
  • Next of kin. This usually means siblings or grandparents
  • Legally authorized agent. Sometimes this may include funeral directors, attorneys, or even doctors. These types of requests require additional documentation
  • A person's designated agent. If you have a right to the document, your designated agent can request it on your behalf if you cannot. This requires extra documentation and an extra section on the application

Requesting a Divorce Certificate in South Dakota Yourself

Requesting a copy of a South Dakota divorce certificate requires documentation and fees. There are two common ways to apply for a divorce certificate:


Although the South Dakota Vital Records department used to accept in-person requests for divorce certificates, they are no longer available for walk-in requests. This is likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Mail 

Requesting a South Dakota divorce certificate by mail means printing and filling out the application. You can either get it notarized or send it in with a copy of your photo ID. There's also a $15 fee, which can be sent by check or money order. If you need the document fast, send a prepaid priority envelope along with your application. Processing can take a long time, and that's the only way to move things along faster if you apply by mail.

Over the Phone 

South Dakota divorce certificates can be requested over the phone. Phone orders have the same $15 fee as mail-in orders, plus an additional $6.50 for verifying identity. There are also additional, optional fees for expediting your document.

City/County/State OfficeContact Address and Phone NumberDivorce Certificate Processing Fee
South Dakota Vital Records207 E. Missouri Ave

Suite A1

Pierre, SD 57501

Phone: 605-773-4961

Fax: 605-773-2680

First Copy: $15.00

Additional Copies: $15.00

Requesting a South Dakota Divorce Certificate with DoNotPay

DoNotPay has an easier way to request a South Dakota divorce certificate. Instead of filling out lengthy applications and mailing them in, DoNotPay offers an online solution.

If you want to get a copy of a divorce certificate in South Dakota but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 7 easy steps:

  1. Go to the Certificates of Divorce product on DoNotPay.
  2. Select whether the certificate belongs to you or a relative/loved one. If it belongs to someone else, enter the details of both people on the certificate, and select/upload evidence that proves your relationship with them. If the certificate is yours, enter the details of your spouse.*Please note: some states only allow people named on the certificate to apply.
  3. Enter the city, state, and county where the divorce certificate and original divorce certificate were issued as well as the dates they were issued on.
  4. Indicate what you will be using this certificate for, and choose whether you need an authorized or certified copy.
  5. Enter your contact information and shipping address. Upload copies of your government-issued identification, such as a driver's license.
  6. Choose whether you would like to electronically sign this form or not. Once we generate the form, verify that all of the information is correct.
  7. If you need the document to be notarized, schedule a notarization appointment using our Notary product. Otherwise, proceed to our Mail Checks product and let DoNotPay mail in your request form with a check on your behalf.

DoNotPay is the perfect solution for ordering your South Dakota divorce certificate. It's fast, easy, and successful. Check out DoNotPay's divorce certificate product today.

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