Information obtained through marriage records can be used for a number of purposes, including proving legal issues, immigration purposes and for plotting genealogical family trees. South Dakota marriage records are kept by the state's vital record department that also records births, deaths, divorces and a number of other life events. You can order South Dakota marital records through the mail by first completing a South Dakota marriage record application and sending it to the following address:
South Dakota Vital Records Office
207 East Missouri Avenue; Suite 1A
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 773-4961
If the marriage record you're searching for was an event that took place prior to 1970, you'll need to apply through the county office where the marriage occurred. When you send in your application, include the search fee for $15 (payable by check or money order) – and beware that it may take awhile to receive the results. It’s important that all information on the application is spelled correctly and as accurate as you can provide. This improves the chances of the success of the search. Privacy laws in South Dakota and some other states require that you include a copy of photo identification with the application to prove that you're in some way related to one of the persons on the certificate or otherwise eligible to request and receive a copy of the decree.
To bypass all the red tape that most states impose when searching through vital records, you can choose to deal with an online search service. These Internet search site are numerous and can search through vast amounts of data in a short amount of time. You don’t have to prove your eligibility to receive a copy of the certificate and the search is usually complete within moments. You’ll receive a copy of the decree through your personal or office computer and no one will know that it was you who requested the record. Powerful search engines that can search far and wide through vast amounts of information are responsible for much of the success of these online services. Plus, if no record is found, you don’t pay a fee. Online search services deliver a report that’s accurate and up to date – void of the legalese prevalent in most vital record reports. You'll likely receive much more information in the report too. Since online search services don’t have the restrictions that state search sites have, they can bypass much of the red tape that keeps you from getting more information from state search services. If you want to know more about Internet search sites that can help you retrieve South Dakota marriage records, simply click on the link.