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South Dakota Public Records

The South Dakota Public Access to Records statute can be found in Chapter 1-27 of the SD Code. For a list of what is specifically protected under SD statute, please click here.  Other records that are NOT public include those that contain certain financial, commercial, personal correspondence and certain court actions. Further, the state may decide to omit or otherwise black out (redact) information  considered an infringement on personal privacy contained in otherwise public records. 

1-27-42 defines the public record officer for keeping and maintaining records within an agency, county or local entity:

  • Counties:
    • the county auditor or the custodian of the record for law enforcement records.
  • First or second class municipalities:
    • the finance officer or the clerk or the custodian of the record for law enforcement records.
  • Third class municipalities:
    • the president of the board of trustees or the custodian of the record for law enforcement records.
  • Organized townships:
    • the township clerk.
  • School districts:
    • the district superintendent or CEO.
  • Special districts:
    • the chairperson of the board of directors.
  • Entities not otherwise designated above:
    • the person who acts in the capacity of the chief financial officer or individual as designated by the entity.

South Dakota Government Info

State Agency Directory

Governor
500 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre SD 57501
(605)-773-3212

Lieutenant Governor
500 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre SD 57501
(605)-773-3661

SD Legislature
500 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre SD 57501-5070
(605) 773-3251 | Staff Fax:  (605) 773-4576 | Legislator Fax (in session only):  (605)  773-6806

Secretary of State
Capitol Building, 500 East Capitol Avenue Ste 204, Pierre SD 57501-5070

  • Administration: (605) 773-3537 | Fax: (605) 773-6580
  • Apostilles & Authentications: (605) 773-3537 | Fax: (605) 773-6580
  • Concealed Pistol Permits (605) 773-3537 | Fax: (605) 773-6580
  • Corporation Filings (605) 773-4845 | Fax: (605) 773-4550
  • Election Information (605) 773-3537 | Fax: (605) 773-6580
  • Fictitious Business Name Registration | Fax: (605) 773-3537 (605) 773-6580
  • Help America Vote Act (HAVA) (605) 773-3537 | Fax: (605) 773-6580
  • Lobbyist Registration (605) 773-3537 | Fax: (605) 773-6580
  • Notary Commissions (605) 773-3537 | Fax: (605) 773-6580
  • Trademark Applications (605) 773-3537 | Fax: (605) 773-6580
  • UCC & Dakota Fast File (605) 773-4422 | Fax: (605) 773-4550

Treasurer
500 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre SD 57501-5070 | Main Office 605-773-3378 | Unclaimed Property 605-773-3379

Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General
1302 E Hwy 14, Suite 1, Pierre SD 57501-8501
(605) 773-3215 | Fax: (605) 773-4106

Division of Consumer Protection
1302 E Hwy 14, Suite 3, Pierre SD 57501-8503
(605) 773-4400 | Consumer Help Line: 1-800-300-1986 (South Dakota only) | Fax:  (605) 773-7163

Division of Criminal Investigation
1302 E Hwy 14, Suite 5, Pierre SD 57501-8505
(605) 773-3331 | Fax: (605) 773-4629

Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
1302 E Hwy 14, Suite 4, Pierre SD 57501-8504
(605) 773-4102 | Fax: (605) 773-6279

Public Utilities Commission
Capitol Building, 1st floor| 500 E. Capitol Ave. | Pierre, SD 57501-5070
(605) 773-3201 | Consumer Affairs: (800) 332-1782 | Fax: (866) 757-6031

School and Public Lands
500 East Capital Ave., Pierre SD 57501
(605)-773-3303 | Fax: (605)-773-5520

Dept. of Agriculture
Office of the Secretary
523 E Capitol Avenue, Pierre SD 57501-3182
(605) 773-5425 | Fax: (605) 773-5926

Division of Agricultural Development
523 E Capitol Avenue, Pierre SD 57501-3182
(605) 773-5436 | Fax: (605) 773-3481

Division of Agricultural Policy
523 E Capitol Avenue, Pierre SD 57501-3182
(605) 773-5425 | Fax: (605) 773-5926

Division of Agricultural Services
523 E Capitol Avenue, Pierre SD 57501-3182
(605) 773-3724 | Fax: (605) 773-3481

Division of Resource Conservation & Forestry
523 E Capitol Avenue, Pierre SD 57501-3182
(605) 773-3623 | Fax: (605) 773-4003

Division of Wildland Fire Suppression
4250 Fire Station Road, Rapid City SD 57703
(605) 393-8011 |Fax: (605) 393-8044

State Fair Park
890 3rd St. SW, Huron SD 57350
(605) 353-7340 | Fax: (605) 353-7348

Dept. of Corrections
3200 East Highway 34, c/o 500 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre SD 57501
(605) 773-3478 | Fax: (605) 773-3194

Environment and Natural Resources
PMB 2020 / SD DENR Main Office | Joe Foss Building, 523 E Capitol, Pierre SD 57501
(605) 773-3151 | Fax: (605) 773-6035

Rapid City Office: 2050 West Main, Suite 1, Rapid City SD 57702-2439
(605) 394-2229 | Fax: (605) 394-5317 fax

SD Geological Survey : (Vermillion SD) Akeley-Lawrence Science Center, 414 E Clark, Vermillion SD 57069-2390
(605) 677-5227 | Fax: (605) 677-5895

Sioux Falls Office 4305 South Louise, Sioux Falls SD 57106
(605) 362-3500 | Fax: (605) 362-2768

Watertown Office: 2001 9th Avenue SW, Suite 500, Watertown SD 57201-4038
(605) 882-5111 | (605) 882-5066

Game, Fish and Parks
Licensing and Information:  20641 SD Highway 1806; Fort Pierre, SD 57532
605.223.7660

  • Hunting and Fishing Information: (605)-223-7660
  • Parks and Recreation Information: (605)-773-3391
  • Wildlife Division: (605)-773-3381

Dept. of Health
600 East Capitol Ave, Pierre SD 57501-2536
(605) 773-3361

Dept. of Public Safety
118 West Capitol Avenue, Pierre SD 57501
(605)-773-3178 | Fax: (605)-773-3018

  • Accident Records
    (605)-773-3868 | Fax: (605)-773-6893
  • Driver Licensing
    (605)-773-6883 | Toll Free: 1-(800)-952-3696 | Fax: (605)-773-3018
  • Office of Emergency Management
    (605)-773-3231 | Fax: (605)-773-3580
  • Emergency Medical Services
    (605)-773-4031 | Fax: (605)-773-6631
  • South Dakota Highway Patrol
    (605)-773-3105 | (605)-773-6046
  • Office of Highway Safety
    (605)-773-4949 | Fax: (605)-773-6893
  • Office of Homeland Security
    (605)-773-3450 | Toll Free: 1-(866)-466-5263 | Fax: (605)-773-3018
  • State Fire Marshal
    (605)-773-3562 | Fax: (605)-773-6631
  • State Inspection Program
    (605)-773-3697 | Fax: (605)-773-6631
  • State Radio Dispatch
    Mickelson Criminal Justice Training Center, 1302 East Highway 14, Pierre SD 57501
    (605)-773-3536 | Fax: (605)-773-6681

SD State Library and Archives
Mercedes MacKay Building, 800 Governors Drive, Pierre SD 57501-2294
(605) 773-3131 | Toll Free: 1-800-423-6665 | Fax: (605) 773-6962

SD Historical Society Archives
900 Governors Dr., Pierre SD 57501
(605) 773-3804 | Fax: (605) 773-6041

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