Register of Deeds

Patty Williams - Register of Deeds

104 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
phone: (605) 773-7495
fax: (605) 773-7479

Kristi Schmidt - Deputy Register of Deeds


For South Dakota Birth, Death, & Marriage Records - contact this office - 605-773-7495 or e-mail or We can also process requests via credit card. 

Office Hours-


08:00 AM- 4:30 PM

Welcome to the Hughes County Register of Deeds Office.

   This office provides several services to the county and is the primary county record-keeping and archival office.  It is also an excellent source for genealogy information.  Your county register of deeds office can most appropriately be thought of as a library of local records.  Most of our records start around 1880. 

     Documents brought to the register of deeds are recorded, which is an official method for documenting time and date a legal instrument is placed in to the public record. This is necessary because not only does this office record all instruments brought to them including property deeds, but everything else that affects that property. Instruments affecting property deeds, such as a lien on a house or a mortgage, must be recorded with date, hour, and minute of the recording so as to give notice to the public that another party has an interest in that property. This vital function helps maintain an orderly transfer of title to property. In addition to recording deeds, the register of deeds also records each Mortgage, Satisfaction, Easements, Plat, and Lease which provides a record when doing a thorough title search. Without this local central office to record and maintain these records, society as well as real estate professionals would face an unreliable system for buying and selling property. In this function, the register of deeds office is essential to bankers, abstract companies, real estate agents, land developers, and the public in providing an orderly method for documenting changes in property.

Certified Records

We can issue certified copies of Births, Death and Marriage Records taking place in South Dakota.  The fee is $15.00 per copy.  We can issue by cash, check, money order or credit/debit card.  However there is an additional charge by credit/debit card.

Marriage Licenses are issued by our office.  The fee is $40.00 and the license is good for 90 days.  You must bring your drivers license as proof of ID.

Birth Records Over 100 Years Old


Birth Record

Death Record

Marriage Record

Marriage License Applications

Fictitious Business Name Filing

If you are opening a business in Hughes County that is not incorporated, you will need to file a fictitious name filing through our office.  The fee to file is $10.00 and the filing is good for five years.

Fictitious Name Form1.pdf

Register of Deeds Office file Military Discharges in our office.  If you would like a certified copy after it is filed, you can fill out the request form below.

Military Discharge Request


Requirements for real estate documents:

Recording fees are $30.00 per document.

Document Format Standards.pdf

Certificate of Real Estate Value

Transfer Fee Exemptions.pdf

Copies of recorded documents:  Deeds, Mortgages, etc. - $1.00 per page