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South Dakota Background Checks

South Dakota background check, including criminal records, incarceration records, and inmate records

State Office

South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.
1302 E. Highway 14, Suite 5
Pierre, South Dakota 57501
(605) 773-3331

The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) acts as the state’s central repository for criminal records. The DCI also oversees and maintains the state’s Sex Offender Registry, Automated Fingerprint Identification System, Computerized Criminal History system, Midwest Automated Fingerprint Identification Network, plus requests for a South Dakota criminal background check. South Dakota background checks are available to the individual of record and to authorized employers. Also, law enforcement and criminal justice agencies may view individuals’ complete South Dakota criminal background check.

South Dakota background checks are based solely on fingerprints, as this is the only reliable method for determining the extent of a person’s criminal history. Sealed records and juvenile records won’t be included in a South Dakota background check, although arrests, convictions and dispositions will be included. A fingerprint search typically won’t return a record that doesn’t belong to the individual in question because it isn’t based on name or date of birth, but solely on fingerprints. Someone with arrest records under five aliases, for example, will still have these records returned in one fingerprint search.

Steps for Retriving a South Dakota Background Check

Step 1

Call DCI to request a South Dakota background check supply kit, which includes an explanatory letter, and it will be mailed at no cost.

Step 2

Take the enclosed fingerprint card to your local law enforcement agency to be printed.

Step 3

Fill out the fingerprint card in its entirety, including full name, date of birth, gender and social security number.

Step 4

Fill out the authorization and release form.

Step 5

Mail the above items with the required fee to the address listed. Results will be mailed, usually within five business days from receipt.

South Dakota Background Check Special Notes

Background checks in South Dakota are restricted to individuals requesting the right to review their personal criminal history and to employers required to perform a background search on potential employees. Background checks in South Dakota require that a release and authorization form be filled out, especially when criminal records will be disclosed to a third party. Certain employers are required to perform a state and FBI criminal records search on individuals, but these entities must be authorized by the state. Either way, fingerprints are required to ensure positive identification and reduce the occurrence of mistaken identities on individuals’ criminal histories.

Record request form

Individuals who wish to request a South Dakota criminal records search should download and fill out the following form: South Dakota Criminal Records Authorization and Release Form.