Register of Deeds

Register of Deeds:  Patricia Duffy    



Contact Information:

Phone:  (605) 223-7786

Fax:  (605) 223-7788


Mailing Address:

PO Box 596

Fort Pierre SD 57532

Office Location:

Stanley County Courthouse

08 E 2 Avenue

Fort Pierre SD 57532

Office Hours:

8 A.M. – 12 P.M. & 1 P.M. - 5 P.M. Central Time

Monday - Friday

*Excluding holidays

The Register of Deeds office is the place where all real estate records are preserved through a scanning process. Deeds, mortgages and all types of miscellaneous documents are maintained to allow for an orderly chain of title. Our land records date back to 1891 for persons interested in family history or just research in general.

We also file State, Federal and County Liens, Mechanic’s Liens, Business Names Registrations, UCC liens, Military Discharge records and other types of miscellaneous filings.
In addition, we issue certified copies of birth, death and marriage records and we are the office you will come to when you are ready to get a marriage license.


 •Document Format Standards
  SDCL 43-28-23

 •Recording Fees
  SDCL 7-9-15

 •Transfer Fee Exemptions
  SDCL 43-4-22

 • Prepared By Statement

   SDCL 7-9-1 and 43-28-24 thru 43-28-28 inclusive

  •State of South Dakota Statues Index

Every type of property transfer document must be accompanied by a Certificate of Real Estate Value document completely and properly filled out. The Certificate does not get recorded but is given to the Director of Equalization Office.

  • Certificate of Real Estate Form

Certified copies of birth, death and marriage records are issued at a cost of $15.00 each to certain persons only.  The records are free to Veterans when they are being used for a claim against a government entity.

Informational copies are issued at a cost of $15.00 each to anyone requesting one.  They cannot be used for legal purposes but only for informational purposes such as genealogy searches.

 •Multiple Vital Records - If  you are ordering multiple types of records, (e.g, birth and divorce) or  if you are ordering records for more than one individual, please complete sections 1 and 2 (3 and 4  if applicable) on the birth, death, divorce or marriage record) application and use the State Vital Records Addendum

We also issue Marriage Licenses Marriage Licenses are $40.00 and shall be paid in cash.  Both parties must present a Photo ID to prove their age.


Below is the link for the SD State Department of Health site for Vital Records Forms used for ordering a Certified Copy of a birth, death or marriage record.  Also the forms for applying for a Marriage License.  All of these forms are also available in the Register of Deeds office and can be filled out before the issuance of the record or license.

 •Search births over 100 yrs old



•State of South Dakota


  •South Dakota Secretary of State  - 

    Use this link for information on UCC and Fictitious Business Names information


   •Request for Federal Tax Liens Search 

     SDCL 44-7-8.1

     Call or email the Register of Deeds office to receive a form for a request


   •Military Discharge Information

    SDCL 33A-2-8

    Call or email the Register of Deeds office to receive a form for a request



Physical address

Stanley County Courthouse
08 E 2nd Avenue
Fort Pierre SD 57532

Mailing Address

Stanley County Courthouse
Auditors Office
PO Box 595
Fort Pierre SD 57532