Register of Deeds

Preserving History

The Register of Deeds office is the “library” for the county. Our office records Brookings County real estate documents (such as deeds, mortgages, easements, satisfactions, etc.) The real estate records begin with homestead records in the mid 1870s through today. Our office also records and preserves other records such as:
  • Burial records
  • Fictitious business name filings
  • Mechanics liens
  • Military discharge
  • Powers of attorney
  • State, federal, and county liens
  • UCC
  • And other documents.

Issuing Certified Records

Our office issues marriage licenses and certified copies of birth, marriage, and death records for the State of South Dakota.


Genealogists find the information available in the Register of Deeds office very valuable to their research. Though the South Dakota birth records are closed to the public, South Dakota genealogists search marriage and death records, school records, burial records, and land records which are open to the public.

Fictitious Business Name Filing

If you are operating a business in Brookings County that is not incorporated, you need to file a fictitious name filing through our office.

Grant Deed Letter Warning

A Brookings County homeowner recently received a letter in the mail from a company claiming they would send a copy of the homeowner’s Grant Deed to them at a cost of $83.00. The letter states that it is recommended that they obtain a copy of their Grant Deed as it provides evidence that their property is, in fact, their own.

This company is in no way affiliated with Brookings County. If you would like a copy of your Deed, it can be obtained for $1.00 at the Register of Deeds office in the City & County Government Center at 520 3rd Street, Suite 120, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.