- To open a file, contact your local Department of Social Services Office using the following link.
- Adoptees may also file a petition by contacting the Division of Child Protection Services’ Adoption Unit at (605) 773-3227.
- Only the adoptee and the adoptive parents can open sealed adoption files according to South Dakota law SDCL 25-6-15.
Birth, Death, Marriage, & Divorce Records
- Birth, death, marriage, and divorce records can be replaced by visiting your County Register of Deeds office. Valid photo ID (Federal, State, or Tribal) and fee are required.
- If you were not born in South Dakota, you can visit the National Center for Health Statistics website for contact information for other states. www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/index.htm
- Tribal marriage and divorces can only be obtained directly from the affiliated tribe.
- Most credit card companies will require your name, address, and Social Security Number to obtain a new card.
- For American Express call (800) 528-4800 or go online.
- For Discover call (800) 347-2683 or go online
- For MasterCard call (800) 627-8372.
- For Visa call (800) 847-2911or go online.
- New Driver
- Visit any DMV office with your acceptable identification and proof of address. New drivers must pass written knowledge exam and road skills test. Fee is required.
- You will need proof of your date of birth, identity, and legal status (Passport, Birth Certificate, or Certificate of Naturalization).
- You will need proof of your Social Security Number (Social Security Card, 1099 form, W-2 form, pay stub with full name and full SSN).
- You will need two proofs of state residency that are less than one year old (utility bill, pay stub, rent receipt, bank statement, transcript from accredited school, mortgage document).
- To renew your license, you may need to pass a vision screening test, have your photograph taken, and pay a service fee.
- You must also present an existing license, proof of Social Security Number (Social Security Card, 1099 form, W-2 form, pay stub with full name and full SSN), and two proofs of residency (utility bill, pay stub, rent receipt, bank statement, transcript from accredited school, mortgage document).
- For citizenship, immigration, permanent resident card (green card), employment authorization, re-entry permit and more, go to the S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ website at uscis.gov or visit your local office.
- Find your local office using the following website.
- Contact the insurance company for replacement papers.
- Contact your state Medicaid agency (in South Dakota, that is the Department of Social Services Economic Assistance)
- Request a replacement Medicare card via your online my Social Security account (https://secure.ssa.gov/RIL/SiView.action). You can use this site, even if you aren’t currently receiving Social Security benefits. If don’t already have a Social Security on-line account, you can create one online. There is a “Replacement Documents” tab. The replacement card will arrive in the mail in 30 days. If you can’t or prefer not to use the online service: Call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), 7:00am – 7:00pm, Monday – Friday or Contact your local Social Security office.
- Veterans or next-of-kin of deceased veterans can request military records from the Veterans Administration at: www.va.gov/records/get-military-service-records/. Other options include the American Legion, VFW or Red Cross, County Veteran Service Officer, and the County Register of Deeds.
- Contact your lending institution.
- To apply for or renew your passport, visit your local post office or complete form at www.usa.gov/passport.
- Visit the following website to find passport offices in your area https://iafdb.travel.state.gov/. Many post offices require an appointment, so book ahead to confirm.
- The application process, including expedited orders, can take several weeks, so plan ahead.
- Contact the recorder’s office in the county where the property is located.
- Complete Form PDF 1048 (Claim for Lost, Stolen or Destroyed U.S. Savings Bonds) by calling 304-480-6112 or at treasurydirect.gov/forms/sav1048.pdf
Social Security Card
- Go to a Social Security Administration office or request a copy of your Social Security statement online ssa.gov
- Two separate documents that prove citizenship and identity are required, such as a passport, birth certificate, or driver’s license.
- Use the following website to find a social security office near you.
Transcript of Your Tax Return
- Call nearest Treasury Department office, IRS office or (800) 829-3646; request form 4506.
- To find your local IRS office, visit www.irs.gov/help/contact-your-local-irs-office
Vehicle Registration & Title Application
- Contact your local DMV office.
- To register a vehicle, you will need an application, proof of identity, evidence of the vehicle purchase, and proof of auto insurance for the vehicle. Fees administered by county.
- To obtain a title, you will have to fill out an application, provide details about the vehicle, and pay a fee. All applications must be submitted at the local county treasurer’s office.
- You must provide a driver’s license, copy of application, and an auto insurance card.
For more information on how to replace important documents, call 211 or search our online database:
- Enter your zip code
- Select Government category
- Department of Social Services: Adoption Records – https://dss.sd.gov/childprotection/adoption/records.aspx
- South Dakota Department of Health: Ordering Vital Records https://doh.sd.gov/records/OrderingVitalRecords.aspx?
- DMV: How to Apply for a New Drivers License in South Dakota – https://www.dmv.com/sd/south-dakota/drivers-license
- DMV: How to Renew Your Drivers License in South Dakota – https://www.dmv.com/sd/south-dakota/drivers-license-renewal
Disclaimer: This HelpSheet is developed by the Helpline Center. Helpsheets provide a brief overview of the designated topic. For more information, call 211 or text your zip code to 898211.
Updated: June 2022