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Oklahoma Public Records

Located in the southern central United States, Oklahoma became a state in 1907 with the merging of the Oklahoma Territory and the Indian Territory.    A region prone to severe weather, the state lies in the Great Plains, the U.S. Interior Highlands, and the Cross Timbers.   The state has a diverse economic base that is built on such things as agriculture, natural gas, oil, aviation, and biotechnology.  With over 3.8 million residents, Oklahoma is the 28th most populated state in the U.S. and does make provisions for the sharing of its records with the public.

Oklahoma Public Records Laws

 

Oklahoma’s Open Records Act was first passed in 1985 and has been amended several times since.  The Act is covered under Chapter 24 of Title 51 in the Oklahoma Statutes.  The Act states that “any person,” regardless of citizenship status, has access to public records in Oklahoma.  You may request records for any purpose, but if the purpose is commercial, you may be charged an additional fee.

Records that are subject to the Act include all records from public bodies, including the executive and judicial branches.  The legislative branch is not covered by the Act unless records relate to the spending of public funds.   Records that are not covered by the Act, or that are exempt, include:

  • Personnel records
  • Investigatory files
  • Educational records
  • Trade secrets
  • Traffic collision reports
  • Insurance commission reports
  • Any records made exempt by statute

Oklahoma Criminal Records, Arrest Records and Background Checks

 

Background checks in Oklahoma are administered by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI).   A Criminal History Records Check can be requested on anyone, by anyone, and does not require a signed release by the person being checked.  You simply need to fill out the application with the appropriate information.  There is also an online search portal that employers and licensing agencies can use to perform background checks instantly.  These are name-based reports that return arrest history for the state of Oklahoma only.

Oklahoma Jail and Inmate Records

 

To find information on the state correctional facilities, inmates in the system, or services for victims, visit the Oklahoma Department of Corrections website.  If you wish to locate an offender in the Oklahoma prison system, there is a search page that will prompt you to enter either an ODOC# or a First and Last Name.   The results will return an image, if available, a description, list of offenses, current location, and earliest possible release date.

Oklahoma Court Records

 

Information on courts in Oklahoma and how to obtain court records can be found on the state’s administrator of the courts website.  The online search page will allow you to search the dockets for all district courts as well as the three appellate courts in the state.   Copies of full case files and more specific records will still need to be requested from the clerk of the court in the courthouse where the case was heard.

Oklahoma Vital Records

Vital records in Oklahoma, such as birth and death certificates, are administered by the Oklahoma Center for Health Statistics, Vital Statistics Office.    Birth and death certificates are available from 1908 to present.  To obtain either of these, you will need to prove that you are an interested party, such as being listed on the certificate, an immediate family member, legal guardian, or legal representative.  Birth records become open records after 125 years and death records after 75 years.  To request either of these you can do the following:

  • In Person:  You can order in person at the State Office at Vital Records Service, State Department of Health, 1000 Northeast 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73117.
  • By Mail:  Simply download and complete the proper birth certificate or death certificate application and return it with copies of required documentation to:  Vital Records Service, State Department of Health, 1000 Northeast 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73117.
  • Online:  Place your order and payment through VitalCheck.com.

Marriage and divorce records in Oklahoma are only maintained by the counties in which the event took place.  If you need a marriage or divorce certificate, you will need to make the request from the clerk of the court in the county where the marriage or divorce took place.

Virginia Public Records

Located in the South Atlantic Region of the United States, the state of Virginia is rich in history and has many nicknames to prove it.  Also known as the “Old Dominion” because it was the first colonial possession established in mainland British America and “Mother of Presidents” because Virginia was the birthplace of eight U.S. Presidents.   Virginia was one of the original 13 colonies, and its General Assembly is known as the oldest continuous law-making body in the country.  The state is the 12th most populated, with over 8.3 million residents, and does make provisions for the sharing of its records with the public.

Virginia  Public Records Laws

Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act was passed in 1968 and can be found in Title 2.2 Chapter 37 of the Code of Virginia.  The state also established a Freedom of Information Act Advisory Council in 2000 as a source of both formal and informal advice to individuals and public agencies.  Under the Law, “any person from the state of Virginia” may access public records.  The purpose of the request need not be stated, and the use of any records obtained is unrestricted.

Records that are included under the Act are those produced by “public bodies” in Virginia including state universities, and the executive and legislative branches.  Records that are not included, or are exempt, include:

  • Mental health records
  • Child fatality records
  • Trade secrets
  • Virginia Port Authority records
  • Personal information
  • Investigatory records
  • Records made exempt by statute or court order


Virginia  Criminal Records, Arrest Records and Background Checks

Background checks in Virginia are administered by the Virginia State Police.  A Criminal History Records Check is a name-based search that can be ordered by individuals, employers, and licensing agencies.  Depending on the situation, as governed by statute, a signed and notarized authorization form may be required before running the background check.  These reports return criminal histories for the state of Virginia only.


Virginia  Jail and Inmate Records

The Virginia Department of Corrections website has information on offenders, the correctional facilities in the state, and services for victims.  If you wish to locate an offender in the system, you can search on the Offender Locator page that will ask you for either an Offender ID or a First and Last Name.  You will be provided with the offender’s current location and earliest release date.


Virginia Court Records

Information on the court system in Virginia and court records can be found on the administrator of the courts website.  Disclosure of court records is governed by both separate statutes and common law.   The court website has pages that can be searched for case status and information on cases in the supreme court, the court of appeals, the circuit court, and the general district court.  There is no online access for the juvenile or domestic relations court.   Regardless of the online information obtained, copies of actual case files will still need to be requested from the clerk of the court at the courthouse where the case was heard.

Virginia  Vital Records

Vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates, in the state of Virginia are administered by the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Vital Records.  Birth records and death records are available from 1912 to present.  Marriage records are available from 1936 to present and divorce records from 1918 to present.   In Virginia, birth records become public information after 100 years and death, marriage and divorce records after 25 years.  If the data isn’t “public”, you will need to prove that you are either listed on the record or are an immediate family member, legal guardian, or legal representative to make a request.

There are several ways to request any of these records in Virginia:

  • In Person:  You can order in person at the State Office at 2001 Maywill Street, Richmond, VA 23230 or at any full-service Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office.
  • By Mail:  Simply download and complete the proper form and return it with copies of required documentation to:  Division of Vital Records, P.O. Box 1000, Richmond, VA, 23218.
  • Online:  Place your order and payment through VitalCheck.com.

American Samoa Public Records

An unincorporated territory located in the South Pacific, American Samoa consists of five main islands and two coral atolls.  American Samoa is part of the Samoan Islands chain, which is west of the Cook Islands and north of Tonga.  The southernmost territory of the U.S., American Samoa has the highest rate of military enlistment of any U.S. state or territory, and tuna is its chief export.  The government of the territory is defined under the Constitution of American Samoa, and its 57,000 residents are considered U.S. citizens, although they cannot vote in the presidential elections.  American Samoa does make provisions for the sharing of its records with the public.

American Samoa  Public Records Laws

 

American Samoa does not have a specific public records act, but they are mentioned in the Territorial Code.  In Title 04, Chapter 11 of the Annotated Code, Public Records are discussed as they relate to the executive branch of government.  The language in the code has more to do with how records are to be kept than listing what is and isn’t available.

It is stated that such things as land titles, land transfers, court grants, native leases, corporations, and registers of the government should be kept as “public records”.   The code also states that these items shall be open and available for public inspection.  No exempt items are listed.

American Samoa  Criminal Records, Arrest Records and Background Checks

 

Background checks in American Samoa are available from the Commission of Police, Department of Public Safety.  They no longer have an active website, but you can write to them with a request for information at:  Commissioner of Police, P.O. Box 53, Apia, AS 00917.

American Samoa  Jail and Inmate Records

 

Corrections in American Samoa is administered by the Department of Public Safety.  They used to have a website, but it is no longer active.   There is one correctional facility on the main island called the Tafuna Correctional Facility Authority.  The phone number to call the department for questions about inmates or other services is 684-699-1911.

American Samoa Court Records

 

American Samoa does not have a federal court like many of the other territories.  They have a High Court of American Samoa and a local district court, located in the capital of Pago Pago.  Neither has a website, but you can get a great deal of information about the American Samoa courts and laws from the American Samoa Bar Association website.  There is a database search available on this website and a link to court information so that you can make a records request in person to the clerk of the court.

American Samoa  Vital Records

Most vital records in American Samoa are administered by the Department of Homeland Security (ASDHS), Office of Vital Statistics.  There is no website for this agency.  All records require the person requesting them to establish eligibility.  This means that you are either listed on the record or are an immediate relative, legal guardian, or legal representative.  The method for applying and dates available depend on the type of certificate that you are requesting.

·         Birth Certificates – Birth certificates are available from 1890 to present.   Your request for this, along with a money order for $5 and proof of eligibility should be sent to: American Samoa Government, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Vital Statistics, P.O. Box 6894, Pago Pago, AS 96799.

·         Death Certificates – Death certificates are available from 1900 to present.   Your request for this, along with a money order for $5 and proof of eligibility should be sent to: American Samoa Government, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Vital Statistics in American Samoa.

·         Marriage Certificates – Marriage certificates do not give a date from which they are available.   Your request for this, along with a money order for $5 and proof of eligibility should be sent to: American Samoa Government, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Vital Statistics in Amercian Samoa.

·         Divorce Certificates – Divorce certificates do not give a date from which they are available.   Your request for this, along with a money order for $5 and proof of eligibility should be sent to: High Court of American Samoa, American Samoa Government, Pago Pago, AS 96799.

North Dakota Public Records

Located in the upper Midwestern region of the United States, North Dakota is bordered by Canada to the north and South Dakota to the south.  The state is the 19th largest but the 4th least populated, with just 739,000 residents.  The state is known for having a strong economy and low unemployment numbers, with an industry rich in natural resources.  North Dakota does make records available to the public through various measures.

North Dakota Public Records Laws

The North Dakota Open Records Statute is covered under Chapter 4 of Title 44 of the North Dakota Century Code.  Article XI, Section 6 of the State Constitution also has provisions for the sharing of public records.  What these provisions state is that “all records” may be requested by “any person” unless specifically excluded by statute.  The purpose of the records request does not need to be disclosed, and records can be used for generally any purpose once obtained.

Records that are included in the public records laws include records from governmental bodies, including the executive and legislative branches.  The Act does exclude the judicial branch, and there is assumed to be common law access to these records unless otherwise excluded.  Records that are not covered under the law, or that are exempt, include:

  • Records deemed confidential
  • Medical records
  • Examination questions
  • Trade secrets
  • Veterans discharge documents
  • Grand jury records


North Dakota Criminal Records, Arrest Records and Background Checks

Criminal history checks are administered by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI).  The BCI makes a clear distinction between a  background check, which could simply be a search of public records, and a criminal history check, which is a search of confidential law enforcement databases.

The BCI conducts Criminal History Records Checks on either a name-based or fingerprint-based search.  Either check requires a signed authorization form by the subject and the report will return a criminal history for the state of North Dakota only.


North Dakota Jail and Inmate Records

If you are looking for information on inmates in the state of North Dakota, services for victims, or want to find out about the correctional facilities in the state, you can visit the Department of Corrections website.  To locate an offender in the system, the state has a search form in which you just enter the last name of the offender.  The result will give you the offender’s current location, date of birth, and estimated release date, with a photo if available.


North Dakota Court Records

Any information on courts or court cases in the state of North Dakota can be found on the administrator of the courts website.  There is a search page that will allow you to search district court records by name, citation number, or case number.  You can also search court calendars for any court in the state.  To obtain detailed case files, you will still need to contact the clerk of the court in the particular courthouse where the case was heard.

North Dakota Vital Records

Birth and death certificates in North Dakota are administered by the state Department of Health Division of Vital Records.  To request a copy of any of these records, you must prove eligibility by either being the person listed on the record, a spouse, child, parent, guardian, next of kin, or authorized agent.  Birth and death records are available from 1930 to present and can be obtained in the following manner:

  • In Person:  You can order in person at the State Office.
  • By Mail:  Simply download and complete the proper form and return it with copies of required documentation to:  Division of Vital Records, 600 E. Boulevard Ave. – Dept 301, Bismarck, ND 58505-0200.
  • Online:  Place your order and payment through VitalCheck.com.

Marriage records are available in North Dakota from July 1925 to present and Divorce records from July 1949 to present.  These records can only be obtained through the county clerk or recorder in the county in which the event took place.

Missouri Public Records

Located in the Midwestern United States, Missouri is also known as “The Show Me State.”  Originally part of the land that acquired from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase, the state was the Missouri Territory before achieving statehood in 1821.  The starting points for the Santa Fe Trail, Oregon Trail, and Pony Express were all located in Missouri.  The state capital is Jefferson City, but its largest city is St. Louis.  With a population of over 6 million people, it is the 18th most populous state in the nation and does make provisions for the sharing of its records with the public.

Missouri  Public Records Laws

Disclosure of public records in Missouri is covered under three statutes.  The Missouri Public Records Lawwas passed in 1961 and applies more specifically to what records public agencies are required to keep.  The Sunshine Law and the Arrest Records Law were both passed in 1973 and are found in Chapter 610 of the Missouri Revised Statutes.  These laws set policy on the disclosure of records to the public.

Under the Laws, “any member of the public” may request access to public records.  The purpose of the application generally does not need to be stated.  However, if you are asking for records that are exempt, you will have a greater chance of getting them if you can show a “material interest.”  There is no restriction on the use of records once obtained.

The records that are included under the Laws are records from any governmental bodies and “quasi-public governmental bodies”, which includes the executive and legislative branches.  The Laws do not cover the courts, except in regards to their administrative records.  Records that are not covered by the Laws, or are exempt, include:

  • Privileged communications
  • Personnel records
  • Medical records
  • Testing materials
  • Bidding information
  • Records made exempt by statute or court order


Missouri  Criminal Records, Arrest Records and Background Checks

Criminal Record Checks in Missouri are administered by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS).   The CJIS conducts both name-based and fingerprint-based background checks.  There is also an online portal for name-based searches called the Missouri Automated Criminal History System (MACHS), on which anyone can request a name-based criminal records search on anyone else without a signed consent.  The only information needed to conduct a search are Full Name, Date of Birth, and Social Security Number.


Missouri  Jail and Inmate Records

Visit the Missouri Department of Corrections website to find out information on inmates in the system, services for victims, and correctional facilities in the state.  To locate an offender, there is an Offender Search page that will prompt you to enter either a Doc Id or a First and Last Name.  You will be given the offender’s location, a list of offenses, and earliest possible release date.



Missouri  Court Records

Any information on courts or court records in the state of Missouri can be found on the state’s administrator of the courts website.  Missouri courts have an online search tool called CaseNet that allows searches of dockets, judgments and case records.  Public access to court documents in Missouri is considered to be a common law right.  Most of the courts in the state can be searched on this system, but you may still need to request full court records from the clerk of the court at the courthouse where the case was heard.

Missouri  Vital Records

Vital Records in Missouri, such as birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates can be obtained from the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services, Bureau of Vital Records.   You must prove a relationship to the party on the certificateto make a request for any of these, such as being named on the license or being a spouse, child, parent, other relative, guardian, or legal representative.  How to request each and the dates available depend on the type of vital record that you need:

  • Birth Certificates:  Birth certificates are available from 1910 to present.   To obtain a birth certificate, you can submit your completed application to the main office at: 930 Wildwood Dr.,  Jefferson City, MO 65109 (by mail or in person) or the nearest local health department.  In the alternative, an online request can be made through VitalCheck.com.
  • Death Certificates: Death certificates are available from 1910 to present.   To obtain a death certificate, you can submit your completed application to the main office at: 930 Wildwood Dr.,  Jefferson City, MO 65109 (by mail or in person) or the nearest local health department.  In the alternative, an online request can be made through VitalCheck.com.
  • Marriage Certificates: Marriage certificates are available from July 1948 to present.   To obtain a marriage certificate, you can submit your completed application to the main office at: 930 Wildwood Dr.,  Jefferson City, MO 65109 (by mail or in person) or to the Recorder of Deeds in the county where the license was obtained.  In the alternative, an online request can be made through VitalCheck.com.
  • Divorce Certificates: Divorce certificates are available from July 1948 to present.   To obtain a divorce certificate, you can submit your completed application to the main office at 930 Wildwood Dr.,  Jefferson City, MO 65109 (by mail or in person) or to the Circuit Clerk in the court where the divorce was granted.  In the alternative, an online request can be made through VitalCheck.com.

Tennessee Public Records

Located in the Southeastern United States, Tennessee is the 36th largest state and is also known as “The Volunteer State” due to its role in the War of 1812.  Famous for the country music scene in Nashville, the state’s second-largest city, and the country’s most visited national park, The Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Tennessee has much to offer residents and visitors alike.  With over 6.5 million residents, Tennessee does make provisions for the sharing of its records with the public.

Tennessee Public Records Laws

 

The Tennessee Open Records Act was initially passed in 1957 and is found in Title 10, Chapter 7 of the state statutes.  The Act states that public records are open to “any citizen of the state of Tennessee” and this has been expanded to include corporations.  The purpose of the request does not have to be stated and records received can be used for any purpose, commercial or otherwise.

Records that are covered under the Act include records from all government agencies, including the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.  Non-governmental bodies that receive public funds are also covered.  Records that are not covered under the Act, or are exempt, include:

  • Medical records
  • Trade secrets
  • Investigative reports
  • Security-related records
  • Records deemed confidential by statute or court order


Tennessee Criminal Records, Arrest Records and Background Checks

 

Background checks in the state of Tennessee are administered by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.  The general public, employers, and licensing agencies can request a name-based background check on anyone through the online system, called Tennessee Open Records Information Services (TORIS), or through the mail that will return an adult criminal history for the state of Tennessee only.



Tennessee Jail and Inmate Records

If you’d like to find information on an inmate in the Tennessee system, learn about the state prisons, or about agency services, you can visit the state Department of Corrections website.  If you want to locate an offender, you can search on the state’s webpage called Felony Offender Information (FOIL) either by Name, TOMIS ID, or State ID.  The search results will provide you with the offender’s sentencing date, supervision status, and earliest parole eligibility date.


Tennessee Court Records


Information on Tennessee courts can be found on the state administrator of the courts website.  This site has information on all courts in the state, and you can look up information on court meetings, opinions, and oral arguments from their student page.  Any particular court records, however, will need to be requested from the specific court where the case was heard.


Tennessee Vital Records

Vital records pertaining to birth, death, marriage, and divorce in the state of Tennessee are administered by the Tennessee Department of Health, Office of Vital Records.  For any of these certificates, you must either be the person named on the certificate or a spouse, parent, child, or legal guardian to make a request.  There are several ways to apply for a birth, death, marriage or divorce certificate in Tennessee:

  • In Person:  You can make your application at the Vital Records Central Office, at 710 James Robertson Pkwy, 1st Floor, Nashville, From 8:00am-4:00pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 8:00am-6:00pm Tuesday and Thursday.
  • By Mail:  You can download the proper form and mail it with a copy of your photo ID and payment to: Tennessee Vital Records, 1st Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower, 710 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37243.
  • Online:  You can make your request through their partnership with VitalCheck.com.

Birth records are available dating back to 1914, and death records for the last 50 years.  Marriage and divorce records are also available for the last 50 years.  If you are looking for records older than this, you can ask the county where the event took place or approach the Tennessee State Archives with your request.

Mississippi Public Records

Located in the Southern United States, Mississippi has been ranked the most religious state in the country by such places as the Pew Research Center and the Gallup Poll.  Also known as “The Magnolia State” and “The Hospitality State,” Mississippi consists of areas of delta land along the Mississippi River and heavily forested regions.   A majority of the farm-raised catfish consumed in the U.S. is produced by aquaculture in Mississippi and industrial farms continue to dominate the landscape.  With a population of nearly 3 million residents, Mississippi is the 31st most populous state and does make provisions for the sharing of its records with the public.

Mississippi Public Records Laws

 

The Mississippi Public Records Act wasn’t passed until 1983.  Before this, there was considered to be common law access to public records in the state due to court decisions dating back to 1941.  The current public records law can be found in Chapter 61 of Title 25 of the Mississippi Code.  The Act provides that “any person” has a right to access public records in the state.  The purpose of the request generally doesn’t need to be stated, unless the records being requested are of a confidential nature.  The use of records once obtained is unrestricted.

Records that are subject to the Act include files that are produced by all public bodies in the state, including the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.  However, the executives, legislators, and judges themselves are exempt.  Other records that are not included under the Act, or are exempt, include:

  • Records made confidential by statute or court order
  • Trade secrets
  • Personal information of law enforcement and victims of crimes
  • Confidential financial and commercial data
  • Attorney work product
  • Personnel files
  • Medical examiner records
  • Jury records
  • Medical records
  • Archaeological records
  • Academic records

Mississippi Criminal Records, Arrest Records and Background Checks

Background checks in Mississippi are administered by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Criminal Information Center.  These are conducted for the purposes of pre-employment checks, licensing, and criminal justice investigations.  A signed consent or court order is required to request one of these reports.   These are also fingerprint-based reports, so a fingerprint scan needs to be completed for all applicants before requesting a report.

Mississippi Jail and Inmate Records

 

To obtain information about the corrections facilities in Mississippi, inmates in the system, and services for victims, visit the state Department of Corrections website.  If you wish to locate an offender in the prison system, you can do a search on their offender locator page either by Name or ID Number.  You will be provided with an Inmate Detail page, given an image if available, a list of offenses, current location, and tentative release date.

Mississippi Court Records

 

Information on the courts in Mississippi and obtaining court records can be obtained from the state’s administrator of the courts website.  Many current court cases can be searched online through the state’s Mississippi Electronic Courts (MEC) portal.  The court’s open records policy can be found here.  Copies of actual court records and case files may still need to be requested from the clerk of the court where the case was heard.

Mississippi Vital Records

Vital records in Mississippi for birth, death, and marriage certificates are maintained by the Office of Vital Records.  Birth records and death records are available from 1912 to present.  Marriage records are available from January 1, 1926 to June 1, 1938 and from January 1, 1942 to present.   For all requests, you will need to prove that you are either listed on the record or are an immediate family member, legal guardian, or legal representative to make an application.

There are several ways to request any of these records in Mississippi:

  • In Person:  You can order in person at the State Office at 222 Marketridge Drive, Ridgeland, MS 39157.
  • By Mail:  Simply download and complete the proper form and return it with copies of required documentation to:  Mississippi Vital Records, P.O. Box 1700, Jackson, MS 39215-1700.
  • Online:  Place your order and payment through VitalCheck.com.

The Office of Vital Records does not maintain divorce records.  A divorce certificate needs to be requested from the Chancery Clerk in the county where the divorce took place.  If you are not sure which county the divorce took place in, the Office of Vital Records may be able to search in the index from 1926 to present to locate this for you.

South Dakota Public Records

Located in the Midwestern region of the United States, South Dakota is the 17th largest yet the 5th least populated state with just 853,000 residents.  The Missouri River runs down the middle of the state, which creates two geographic and socially diverse regions.  The state is known for both its Black Hills and Mount Rushmore, which are famous tourist destinations.  The economy in South Dakota is heavily dependent on both ranching and defense spending, and the state has long made provisions for the sharing of its records with the public.

South Dakota Public Records Laws

South Dakota’s Freedom of Information Act was first passed in 1939 and has been added to and amended many times since.  It can be found in Chapter 27 of Title 1 of the South Dakota Codified Laws. The Law states that “any person” may request access to public records.  However, it then limits access to inmates in the state by excluding many records that they can request.  The purpose of the application generally doesn’t matter yet the law does prohibit the resale or redistribution of information obtained under the law.

Records that are covered under the law include all records from any public agency, including the executive branch.  The legislative branch is not included.  The courts are not excluded from the law, but they do have their own set of disclosure rules regarding court records.  Records that you are not able to get under the law, or that are exempt, include:

  • Trade secrets
  • Medical records
  • Personnel files
  • Security information
  • Criminal investigatory records
  • Certain court records
  • Tax information
  • Library records
  • Crime victim records
  • Adoption records


South Dakota Criminal Records, Arrest Records and Background Checks

Background checks in South Dakota are administered by the state Division of Criminal Investigation.  The department runs two types of background checks: State Only and State and FBI background checks.  Both are fingerprint-based background checks and require the consent of the person being examined.  Either of these is used for licensing, employment, housing, and government agency purposes.


South Dakota Jail and Inmate Records

To find out information about inmates in the South Dakota System, the state correctional facilities, or services for victims, you can visit the state Department of Corrections website.  If you wish to locate an offender, there is a search page where you will be prompted to enter either a DOC# or a First and Last Name.  You will be provided with the offender’s current location, a list of offenses, sentence, and earliest possible release date.

South Dakota Court Records

Any information on courts and court cases in the state of South Dakota can be found on its administrator of the courts website.  The state has set up a system for various court records searches.  If you wish to search for a civil case, you can do this yourself for a fee online.  All other searches are either done through a request form with the Jackson County Clerk of the Court (for all courts), or you can approach the specific court where the case was heard with your records request.

South Dakota Vital Records

Vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates, in South Dakotaare administered by the state Department of Health Vital Records Office.  To request a copy of any of these records, you must prove eligibility by either being the person listed on the record, a spouse, child, parent, guardian, next of kin, or authorized agent.  The only exception is for birth records older than 100 years, which are public record and can be searched directly on their web page.  All other records can be obtained in the following ways:

  • In Person:  You order in person at the State Office or go to any Register of Deeds.
  • By Mail:  Simply download and complete the proper form and return it with copies of required documentation to:  Vital Records Office, 207 E. Missouri, Suite 1-A, Pierre, SD 57501.
  • Online:  Please your order and payment through VitalCheck.com.

The records that you are able to obtain via these methods will depend on the type of certificate that you are requesting.

Birth Certificates

Birth certificates are available from July 1, 1905 to present, and records can be obtained from either the State Office or a county Register of Deeds.

Death Certificates

Death certificates are available from July 1, 1905 to present, and records can be obtained from either the State Office or a county Register of Deeds.  However, with deaths before 1960, you can only get same day issuance at a local office.

Marriage Certificates

Marriage certificates are available from July 1, 1905 to present, and records can be obtained from either the State Office or a county Register of Deeds.  However, with marriages before 1950, you can only get same day issuance at a local office.

 Divorce Certificates

Divorce certificates are available from July 1, 1905 to present, and these must be obtained from the State Office.