Treasurer

***County offices are open***

Our office will open with limited capacity at noon on Thursday, June 4. Following social distancing and CDC guidelines, we can only allow 3 customers in our office at a time so you will likely experience longer than normal wait times. If you are uncomfortable waiting in line, there will be face masks available for your use. You are still welcome to do your business via mail or online but we will no longer waive any mailing fees. If mailing, you can contact our office regarding fees and documentation that need to be sent. As usual, you can also make payments for taxes and renewals online.  Please call our office with any questions. (605)578-1862


*** DELINQUENT PROPERTY TAXES:

All 2019 property taxes unpaid as of October 31, 2020 are delinquent and now subject to interest. Please contact our office for totals now due. Any taxes unpaid as of November 30th, 2020 will be published in the Black Hills Pioneer as delinquent taxes. Any taxes still unpaid as of December 21, 2020 will be part of the tax certificate sale. 


***GOVERNOR EXECUTIVE ORDER***

The Governor has amended her executive order regarding registration renewals and titling newly acquired vehicle extensions. See document below for details.

EXECUTIVE ORDER

***PROCEDURES FOR MAILING PAYMENTS:

TO MAIL PROPERTY TAXES:

Send payment with parcel numbers or payment stubs off of tax notices. If you’re unsure of your amounts due, call or email Treasurer’s office for correct amounts due. Payments can also be made through one of our online services but we can not waive their service charge.

TO MAIL VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS:

Send renewal card or renewal letter with payment. If there are vehicles you are not renewing on the card, cross them off. If you do not have your renewal notice or are unsure of amounts due, call or email the Treasurer’s office for correct amounts due. Payments can also be made through one of our online services. If you have a South Dakota driver’s license or ID number, you can renew your plates through the state site at mysdcars.sd.gov. You can also use one of the self service kiosks in Rapid City, at the administrative building or at Rushmore Mall.

TO MAIL VEHICLE TITLE TRANSFERS:

Required documentation for vehicle purchase:

  1. Completed and signed South Dakota Application for Title & Registration (there is a link for the form in the left hand column on this page - Form 1001)
  2. Original title, signed by buyer and seller both
  3. Bill of sale or purchase agreement
  4. Any other documentation dealer may send with your title including POA, dealer reassignment, odometer disclosure, lien release, etc. (Any leased vehicles will require a POA and copy of lease agreement.)
  5. Copy of driver’s license and proof of Social Security Number if your license is out of state
  6. Copy of South Dakota driver’s license if this is the first vehicle to be put in your name in South Dakota

Required documentation to transfer title for a vehicle already in your name from another state:

  1. Completed and signed South Dakota Application for Title & Registration (there is a link for the form in the left hand column on this page- Form 1001)
  2. Original title
  3. Any leased vehicle will require a POA and copy of lease agreement
  4. Copy of driver’s license and proof of Social Security Number if your license is out of state
  5. Copy of South Dakota driver’s license if this is the first vehicle to be put in your name in South Dakota

Things to include with documents:

  1. Contact phone number
  2. License plate number, if you have a valid plate to use from a vehicle you sold or traded in
  3. Number of wheels on vehicle/trailer/RV
  4. If purchase is an ATV and you wish to license it, include completed and signed "Low Speed and Off Road Vehicle Affidavit" (most recent affidavit no longer requires notarization)
  5. For trailer or RV that does not already have a South Dakota title, include printed weight ticket or other physical proof of the empty/shipping weight of the vehicle if it’s not on title
  6. If titling a trailer, include dimensions.

If you have additional paperwork, are missing paperwork, or if you’re unsure if you need to send something, call or email Treasurer’s office before mailing documentation. Nothing on the title can be crossed off or whited out, as the title is a legal document. If this has occurred, contact our office for further instructions.

Payments can be made with check or through our online service. As we cannot provide you with an exact amount due without first seeing your title work, if you send a check you will need to make it out to "Lawrence County Treasurer", sign it, and leave the amount blank. We will fill in the amount when we receive your paperwork. Otherwise you can pay with credit card through one of our online services but. For a breakdown of fees that may be due, see our "Titles and Licensing" page. Mail all documentation and payments to Lawrence County Treasurer, PO Box 394, Deadwood, SD 57732.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICATION FOR TITLE:

South Dakota’s Application for Motor Vehicle/Boat Title must be included with all paperwork. (There is a link for the most current version of this form at the top of this page.) If your purchase is from a South Dakota dealer, this should already be included in your title work. The following needs to be filled out on the application:

  1. Section A: Mark whether this is a boat or motor vehicle transfer
  2. Section B: Include the following vehicle information - VIN/HIN, Year, Make, Model, Color, Odometer reading (if vehicle is 10 years old or newer). If this is for a boat, also include Length, Hull material, boat type, and propulsion type
  3. Section C: Include name of each person who will be on the new title, as well as address and "Identification #" (SD driver’s license or ID number or SSN), and type of ownership (or, and, trust, etc.)
  4. Section D: Title mailing address if different than owner’s address
  5. Section E: Contact name, email address, and phone number
  6. Section F: Skip this section (If purchase is from a dealer, they may fill this section out)
  7. Section G: If there is a lienholder, include their name and address
  8. Section H: Printed name and signature of owners

***If you have a question about filling out the application for title, please contact our office before you mail your paperwork.


Duties

The Treasurer’s Office is best known by the public for issuing motor vehicle licenses and collecting property taxes. The Treasurer is responsible for collecting all taxes (real estate, mobile home taxes, and special assessments) for the County, Cities, and School.

Titles & Licenses

The Treasurer’s Office titles and licenses all new and used motor vehicles, motorcycles, ATVs, trailers, snowmobiles and boats, releases and notarizes motor vehicle liens, and assists taxpayers in applying for duplicate motor vehicle title and permits.

Receiving & Managing

The Treasurer receives and accounts for all revenue collected by all County offices and is responsible for managing the County’s investments. In addition, the Treasurer is responsible for submitting monthly remittance payments to the State as required by law.

Application Assistance

In addition to collecting taxes and other forms of revenue, the Treasurer assists senior and disabled citizens file applications for property tax relief - applications are available January 2 at the Treasurer’s Office and must be returned to the Treasurer’s Office by March 31.

Distress Warrants

In conjunction with the State Departments of Revenue and Labor, the Treasurer issues distress warrants to the Sheriff’s Office in the event of non-payment of state sales taxes or unemployment insurance.


When you pay by check, you authorize us to use its information to process an electronic funds transfer (EFT). When we use information from your check to make an electronic fund transfer, funds may be withdrawn from you account as soon as the same day you make your payment.