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South Dakota Sunshine Law requires that public records be made available to the citizens of the state and all other interested persons for inspection and copying. Certain records are not open to the public and these exemptions to the rule are enumerated in the statutes. The state also offers a searchable website with many public documents available. South Dakota Codified laws also state that official meetings of the state or any public body of the state are open to the public. South Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889. There are 66 counties in South Dakota. Pierre is the capital and Sioux Falls is the largest city in the state. South Dakota is famous for The Black Hills and Mount Rushmore National Monument. Thousands of people travel to see the heads of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln sculpted in the granite face of Mount Rushmore. The Badlands and the mountain carving of Crazy Horse, the Oglala Lakota warrior, riding his horse are also major attractions. The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation maintains a computerized criminal history system for background searches. This site offers fast and easy access to numerous South Dakota public records. Review the census data on the demographics of the state, the education and background history of its people. The Department of Health offers access to birth, death, marriage and divorce records as well help delving into your genealogy. Learn about criminal records and criminal background checks. Review the statistics on income and earnings of the residents as well as data on the types of firms and companies doing business in the state. The county links can give you insight as to how the local governments run, and you can access the city websites to see what services, entertainment and attractions are available to the citizens and visitors of South Dakota. Be sure to check out the ongoing news events and crime reports for South Dakota. Through the Unified Judicial System you can obtain court records, learn about current court cases, juror information and other legal news. These sources are updated regularly and new information added, so it is advisable to check this site frequently.

South Dakota Free Public Records Directory

Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

South Dakota Free Court Records Search

Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

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Questions, Answers and Comments About South Dakota

  • Q: How do I find all the land a person owns?
    By TROY
    Aug 18, 2015

    You can start with an address search of the person's past residences. These searches, often named "people search", are either free as a teaser by private services or low cost. Thereafter, you can use the list of as many past residences found and search for recorded deeds. Deeds and property records are public and can be obtained from the county register of deeds’ office.

    By adan12
    Apr 21, 2017

  • Q: 2010 police reports
    By anonymous
    Nov 30, 2015

    2010 isn't far back in history enough to be archived, you should still be able to request it directly from the police department, should be no problem as long as you are a party or attorney connected to the report. The procedures in which to obtain a police report can be checked on their records department webpage. Without knowing which specific department made out the report, that's as specific as I can get. If you know the area, post it and someone else may have put in a request for the same thing.

    By danmiller
    Apr 26, 2016

  • Q: Does South Dakota have an online search for court cases? If so, what is the address?
    By anonymous
    Jan 23, 2016

    When you click on this link http://ujs.sd.gov/ you will be taken to the state of South Dakota's unified judicial system. There will be a box that says "Court Records", that will take you to a search page and see how to get criminal records (goes back to 1989), civil going to 2003 and civil money judgments. There are other self help services from the state.

    By adm
    Jan 25, 2016

  • Q: Most resent arrest & charges?
    By tinyone
    Aug 21, 2015

    Most recent arrests can be found in individual police, sheriff or any law enforcement agency involved. They will have a webpage showing their arrests in local jails, Pennington is a good example, you can see arrests and charges by offender's name. If you have more information about where and names, you can look up the courthouse records, which are generally considered public records unless sealed by a judge or otherwise.

    By adm
    Oct 07, 2015

  • Q: When arrested, many taken into custody give false names or aliases. How does law enforcement find out the arrested person’s true identity? By fingerprinting! Chances are the person is already in the system is high and therefore usually works. Does all of this appear in background checks?
    By lana
    Feb 10, 2015

    Although all background checks are not the same and can't speak for every one of them since there are so many. Background checks they will not include specific details about an arrest if at all. First, the arrest do not show up unless there's a conviction following. Police reports are produced by the agency which processed the arrest.

    By adm
    Apr 06, 2015

  • Q: How can I find the date of a marriage?
    By M.
    Feb 12, 2016
  • Q: My sister and I are trying to locate our biological father who was divorced from our mother in 1952, do these records go back that far? We have possibly located him in another state but we need to confirm his identity by the divorce record from our mother. Thank You
    By Bill
    Dec 07, 2015
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South Dakota Missing Children

Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Deshawn Greeney
    Deshawn Greeney, Age Now: 17, Missing: 08/11/2018. Missing From Sioux Falls, Sd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office (south Dakota) 1-605-367-4300.
    August 16, 2018
  • Missing: Alexandria Hogan
    Alexandria Hogan, Age Now: 16, Missing: 01/23/2018. Missing From Sioux Falls, Sd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Sioux Falls Police Department (south Dakota) 1-605-367-7000.
    February 02, 2018
  • Missing: Travis Lewis
    Travis Lewis, Age Now: 15, Missing: 10/06/2017. Missing From Yankton, Sd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Yankton County Sheriff's Office (south Dakota) 1-605-668-3567.
    October 12, 2017
  • Missing: Kiernan Jordan
    Kiernan Jordan, Age Now: 16, Missing: 08/29/2017. Missing From Sioux Falls, Sd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Canton Police Department (south Dakota) 1-605-987-5612.
    September 01, 2017
  • Missing: Ethan Frederickson
    Ethan Frederickson, Age Now: 17, Missing: 06/26/2017. Missing From Brandon, Sd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Brandon Police Department (south Dakota) 1-605-367-7000.
    August 01, 2017
  • Missing: Teanna Vanheerde
    Teanna Vanheerde, Age Now: 14, Missing: 02/11/2017. Missing From Sioux Falls, Sd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Sioux Falls Police Department (south Dakota) 1-605-367-7000.
    February 16, 2017

South Dakota Latest Crime Records (Updated 09/19/2018)

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South Dakota Census Data

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  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in South Dakota
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    Education and background history of South Dakota Residents
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  • South Dakota Employment Data

    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
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  • People and Businesses

    Firms and companies of South Dakota
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  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
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  • Land Valuation

    Property value and South Dakota territory
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