South Dakota Statewide Offices

  • Attorney General

    The Attorney General is the State's chief lawyer and law enforcement officer. The office of the Attorney General has three responsibilities. First, they fight crime by assisting city and county law enforcement. Second, they are the lawyers for all of the officials and agencies of state government. Third, they enforce consumer protection laws for the benefit of all South Dakota citizens.

  • Commissioner of School and Public Lands

    the mission of the Commissioner of School and Public Lands is to ensure efficient and superior management of school and endowment lands and trust funds owned and administered by the State of South Dakota.

  • Governor

    The Governor of South Dakota is the head of the executive branch of the government of South Dakota. The governor holds numerous powers and duties: he serves as a spokesman for the state; is actively involved in the legislative process; oversees the executive branch, and appoints the members of his cabinet as well as members of a wide array of state boards and commissions; is the commander-in-chief of the South Dakota National Guard; may grant pardons to those convicted of criminal offenses under state law; and fills vacancies that occur in the state legislature, the state judiciary, and other state constitutional offices.

  • Lt. Governor

    The Lt. Governor is the second-ranking member of the executive branch of South Dakota state government and serves as president of the senate but only votes in the event of a tie. The Lt. Governor succeeds to the officer of governor if the office becomes vacant, and may also serve as acting governor if the governor is incapacitated or absent from the state.

  • Secretary of State

    The Secretary of State has several duties and responsibilities including: custodian of official public documents; legislative records keeper; lobbyist registrar; notary public; chief elections officer; chairman of the State Board of Elections; member of the State Board of Canvassers; recorder of permits for concealed weapons; secretary of the State Board of Finance; trade and service marks registrar; agent of service of process; and corporations administrator.

  • State Auditor

    The State Auditor is a separately elected and constitutionally independent office holder who deals with all of state government. This includes each agency, office, division, department and every individual employee, either through the payment of reimbursable expenses or the payroll process. The State Auditor serves as the taxpayers' watchdog. It is the State Auditor who scrutinizes the manner in which state tax dollars are being spent.

  • State of South Dakota

    South Dakota is a state located in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux American Indian tribes. The Black Hills, a group of low pine-covered mountains, is located in the southwest part of the state. The Black Hills are of great religious importance to local American Indians and the location of Mount Rushmore, a major tourist destination. Other attractions in the southwest include Badlands and Wind Cave national parks, Custer State Park, the Crazy Horse Memorial, and historic Deadwood.

  • State Treasurer

    The State Treasurer acts as one of a two-member commission which supervises the insuring of all public funds. The Treasurer is also a member of the State Board of Finance and the Investment Council, and manages unclaimed property for the state and its residents.

South Dakota Legislative Branch

  • Department of Legislative Audit

    The mission of the Department of Legislative Audit is to serve the legislators, government officials and citizens of South Dakota by providing quality independent audits and assistance to the State of South Dakota and local governments.

  • South Dakota Legislature - Legislative Research Council

    The South Dakota State Legislature is the legislative branch of South Dakota. It is a bicameral legislative body, consisting of the S.D. Senate, which has 35 members, and the S.D. House of Representatives, which has 70 members. The two houses are similar in most respects; the Senate alone holds the right to confirm gubernatorial appointments to certain offices. In addition, the Senate votes by roll call vote, whereas the larger house uses an electronic voting system.

South Dakota Court Rules and Forms

South Dakota Judicial Branch

  • Unified Judicial System

    The Unified Judicial System (UJS) consists of the Supreme Court, Circuit courts of general jurisdiction, and Lower courts (magistrate courts) of limited original jurisdiction. The Supreme Court is the state's highest court. The circuit courts are the general trial courts of the UJS. These courts have original jurisdiction in all civil and criminal cases. They are the only court where a criminal felony case can be tried and determined as well as a civil case involving more than ten thousand dollars in damages. The third tier of courts in South Dakota's UJS consists of magistrate courts presided over by lay magistrates or magistrate judges. Generally, magistrate courts assist the circuit courts in processing minor criminal cases and less serious civil actions.

South Dakota Executive Branch

  • Bureau of Administration

    The Bureau of Administration works to coordinate public record requests throughout the executive branch.

  • Bureau of Finance and Management

    Some of the Bureau of Finance and Management's duties and responsibilities include: managing and coordinating the statutory functions of the Bureau as they relate to serving as a liaison with the public and other governmental agencies of executive branch fiscal policy; advising the Governor on overall fiscal policy and management procedures; completing and presenting the Governor's annual fiscal plan for the state; ensuring that the directives of the Governor and Legislature are fulfilled; improving the efficiency and effectiveness of state government programs, processes, and procedures; and controlling and providing accurate uniform accounting and payroll personnel information to state offices.

  • Bureau of Information and Telecommunications

    The Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT) provides Computer support services, development services, telephone services, and network services for state employees. BIT's vision is to be a valued partner in technology and broadcasting.

  • Bureau of Personnel

    The South Dakota Bureau of Personnel operates as Human Resources for the State of South Dakota's employees.

  • Department of Agriculture

    The mission of the Department of Agriculture is to promote, protect, preserve and improve South Dakota Agriculture for today and tomorrow. The Department is responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of agricultural policy within state government.

  • Department of Corrections

    The South Dakota Department of Corrections is responsible for the management of the state adult prison system, the state adult parole system and the state juvenile corrections system. This includes juveniles committed to the Department of Corrections and placed in residential out-of-home placement, as well as youth that have completed their correctional placement and are on supervised release known as aftercare.

  • Department of Education

    South Dakota’s Department of Education aims to put kids first. In order to do that, the Department focuses their efforts on promoting leadership and service among administrators and educators, who touch the lives of children on a daily basis. The Department also provides resources and services that directly impact children and their parents. The Department's offices include Accreditation and Teacher Quality; Curriculum, Career and Technical Education; Assessment and Technology Systems; Educational Services and Support; Finance and Management; Indian Education; and the Secretary. Office of the State Library

  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources

    The mission of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is to protect public health and the environment by providing environmental monitoring and natural resource assessment, technical and financial assistance for environmental projects, and environmental regulatory services; all done in a manner to protect South Dakota's environment and natural resources for today and tomorrow while treating everyone as their customer and exceeding their expectations.

  • Department of Game, Fish and Parks

    The purpose of the Department of Game, Fish and Parks is to perpetuate, conserve, manage, protect, and enhance South Dakota's wildlife resources, parks, and outdoor recreational opportunities for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the people of this state and its visitors, and to give the highest priority to the welfare of this state's wildlife and parks, and their environment, in planning and decisions.

  • Department of Health

    The mission of the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) is to promote, protect and improve the health and well-being of all South Dakotans. DOH delivers a wide range of public health services to prevent disease and promote health and ensure access to needed, high-quality health care.

  • Department of Human Services

    The mission of the South Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) is to promote the highest level of independence for all individuals regardless of disability or disorder. DHS assists citizens of South Dakota in obtaining services and support in the following areas, substance abuse and prevention, developmental disabilities, mental health, vocational rehabilitation and services to the blind and visually impaired. DHS is committed to providing those they assist with CHOICES (Community-Hope-Opportunity-Independence-Careers-Empowerment-Success.)

  • Department of Labor

    The mission of the South Dakota Department of Labor (SDDOL) is to enhance the South Dakota workforce by providing businesses with employment-related solutions and helping people with job placement and career transition services. SDDOL includes the following divisions: Workforce Services; Labor and Management; Unemployment Insurance; Field Operations; and Administrative Services.

  • Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

    The purpose of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is to support national objectives by providing highly trained units capable of mobilizing for active federal service in time of war or national emergencies; to provide units organized, manned, trained, and equipped to assist civil authorities in the protection of life and property; to preserve order and public safety under direction of the Governor; to protect lives and property through direction and coordination of state and local government; to aid and assist veterans and their dependents in securing local, state, and federal entitlements/services for which they are eligible; and to provide a comfortable independent living environment, along with adequate medical support, for eligible veterans and their spouses, widows, or widowers.

  • Department of Public Safety

    It is the mission of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety to keep South Dakota a safe place in which to live, work, visit and raise a family. It's Agencies include Licensing (Driver Licensing, State Inspection, Weights & Measures); Enforcement (Accident Records, Highway Patrol, Highway Safety, State Radio Dispatch); Emergency Services (Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, State Fire Marshall); and Homeland Security.

  • Department of Revenue and Regulation

    The Department of Revenue and Regulation consists of 11 divisions, 3 boards of commissions, and the Office of the Secretary. Included in the department are: the Abstractor's Board of Examiners; Audits; Banking; Business Tax; Division of the Secretariat (includes Administrative Services, Appraiser Certification Program, and Legal Services); Gaming Commission; Insurance; Insurance Fraud Unit; Lottery; Motor Vehicles; Petroleum Release Compensation Fund; Property and Special Taxes; Real Estate Commission; and Securities.

  • Department of Social Services

    The mission of the Department of Social Services (DSS) is to strengthen and support individuals and families by fostering independence and personal responsibility; protecting people; providing opportunities for individuals to achieve their full potential; and promoting healthy families and safe communities by ensuring quality, cost-effective and comprehensive services are provided in cooperation with their partners.

  • Department of Tourism and State Development

    The Department of Tourism and State Development works hard to promote all that South Dakota has to offer to businesses, visitors and residents. The Department is made up of five divisions – Arts Council, Governor’s Office of Economic Development, State Historical Society, Tourism, and Tribal Government Relations. Additionally, the Department has three associated authorities –Ellsworth, Housing, and Science and Technology. The authorities work independently, but collaborate with the Department to improve tourism, business development and quality of life.

  • Department of Transportation

    The mission of the Department of Transportation (DOT) is to provide a quality transportation system to satisfy diverse mobility needs in a cost effective manner while retaining concern for safety and the environment. To accomplish this mission DOT must maximize the use of their assets, which include: tax dollars, buildings, equipment, supplies, and people.

  • Division of Adult Services and Aging

    The Division of Adult Services and Aging provides opportunities that enable adults who are disabled and older South Dakotans to live independent, meaningful and dignified lives while maintaining close family and community ties. Through various programs, the division provides or purchases services for adults who are disabled and older persons who are determined eligible for the programs.

  • Governor's Office of Economic Development

    The Governor's Office of Economic Development is a division of the Department of Tourism and State Development. The Office provides information, incentives and resources for business owners to encourage them to start a business, buy a business or relocate a business in South Dakota.

  • Office of Emergency Management

    Emergency Management is a division of the Department of Public Safety. The purpose of the Office is to protect South Dakotans and their property from the effects of natural, manmade, and technological disasters. To fulfill their charge, the Office recognizes the four phases of emergency management: Preparedness; Response; Recovery; and Mitigation.

  • Office of Tribal Government Relations

    The mission of the Office of Tribal Government Relations is to establish and maintain an effective communication link between the Governor and the Tribal Governments in the state; to recommend qualified Native Americans to boards, commissions and positions within State Government; to introduce and/or support any legislation that would improve the quality of life for the Native American population in the state; and to identify, develop and/or coordinate federal, state and local resources to help address Native American issues and to serve as an advocate of the Native American population. The Office of Tribal Government Relations was previously known as the Office of Indian Affairs.

  • South Dakota Housing Development Authority

    The South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) is a team of highly motivated individuals dedicated to encouraging the prudent investment of public financing and private capital to stimulate the construction, preservation, rehabilitation, purchase and development of affordable single and multifamily housing and daycare facilities.

  • South Dakota Lottery

    The South Dakota Lottery is a division or the South Dakota Department of Revenue and Regulation. The Lottery is a totally self-funded agency. No tax dollars are used for its operation. The leading use of funds receiving lottery revenues are to help fund education, reduce property taxes and develop natural resources.

  • South Dakota Retirement System

    The South Dakota Retirement System (SDRS) provides a foundation for the financial future of over 70,000 members and their families. The mission of SDRS is to plan, implement and administer income replacement programs, and to encourage additional savings for retirement, all of which offer SDRS members and their families the resources and the opportunity to achieve financial security at retirement, death or disability by providing an outstanding, appropriate and equitable level of benefits.

  • State Library

    The South Dakota State Library is the State Library Administrative Agency (SLAA) designated to receive and manage Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) federal funds for library programs and projects in the State of South Dakota. The State Library's mission is to provide leadership for innovation and excellence in libraries and services to state government.

  • TravelSD

    The SD Office of Tourism's consumer website. Provides information and links for tourist destinations across South Dakota.

South Dakota Boards and Commissions

  • Board of Regents

    The South Dakota Board of Regents has constitutional authority to govern the system of public higher education in the State of South Dakota. Supported by an Executive Director and staff, the Board provides leadership and sets policies for the programs and services delivered through its six universities and two special schools.

  • Commission on Gaming

    The South Dakota Commission on Gaming has a five member commission consisting of citizens of South Dakota, all of whom shall be appointed by the Governor of the state of South Dakota. The commission is responsible for the promulgation of rules and regulations governing limited betting in the State of South Dakota.

  • Public Utilities Commission

    The Public Utilities Commissioners (PUC) ensures utility companies in South Dakota provide safe, reliable service at fair and reasonable rates. PUC regulates investor-owned electric, natural gas and telephone utilities. It plays a more limited regulatory role with respect to wireless communication companies and cooperative, independent and municipal utilities. PUC helps resolve disputes between customers and their utilities, operates the S.D. Do Not Call Registry and administers the state’s One Call notification center (call before you dig). PUC also operates the natural gas pipeline safety program and licenses and inspects state public grain warehouses and grain buyers.

  • South Dakota Arts Council

    South Dakotans for the Arts is a non-profit, non-partisan corporation whose primary purpose is to advance the arts in South Dakota through service, education and advocacy. It initiates, coordinates and sponsors programs and projects statewide to advance the arts through service, education and advocacy.


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