Treasurer

**DELINQUENT PROPERTY TAXES***

Any 2021 property taxes not paid  by October 31, 2022 are now delinquent and subject to interest. Please contact our office to find out the correct amount due. Any real property taxes not paid by December 1, 2022 will also be charged a $4.50 advertising fee and any mobile home taxes will be charged $6.00 for the advertising and certificate fees. The list of unpaid taxes will be published in the Black Hills Pioneer on Saturday, December 10, 2022. The tax certificate sale will be on Monday, December 19, 2022. On that day, a $10.00 certificate fee will be added to any unpaid real property taxes as well.


***DELAY IN PRINTING VEHICLE TITLES***

The state office is experiencing a shortage of the paper used to print titles. Titles will currently be processed electronically. They anticipate printing all titles in March 2023. You can verify that your title has been issued (but not necessarily printed) by doing a VIN check at sdcars.org.


A paper title can be requested if it is needed for a sale of the vehicle or if you are moving and titling in another state. The form can be returned to the county or directly to the state. The official DMV press release is attached.

DMV NOTICE

PAPER TITLE REQUEST


***NEW LICENSE PLATES***

South Dakota is issuing a new series of license plates beginning January 3, 2023. Regular auto plates, organizational, motorcycle, personalized, low speed, & amateur radio plates will be reissued. The mailing fee for a registration only remains $1.00 each but the

mailing fee for vehicles requiring the new plate will be $5.00 each. This will apply to anything done via mail, online, or through a kiosk. 


If you have January renewals, you can still renew as early as November 1st but the new plates will not be issued until January 3. If you choose to renew prior to January 3, you will not receive the new plates for another year.


***PROOF OF TAX PAID ON VEHICLES***

Effective 9/14/2022, the state of South Dakota requires proof of tax paid be submitted for vehicles being transferred from another state when the title issue date is within two years of the current date. This can include a receipt or a completed Form 1004 Out-of-State Dealer Tax Assessment from the dealer it was purchased from, a receipt from the state, or other official documentation showing the amount of tax paid. A copy of the bill of sale listing tax due is not the same as a paid receipt.


An out of state title in the applicant's name that is issued more than 2 years from the current date is sufficient proof of taxes paid unless the title indicates otherwise.


***NEW TRUST POLICY***

Effective 8/26/2022, when titling a vehicle into a trust, the state of South Dakota now requires a copy of the trust agreement to verify the trustees. This must be submitted for EVERY title transfer done.


***GOLF CARTS***

Effective 7/1/2022, the state of South Dakota no longer allows ANY golf carts to be licensed. Any golf cart that currently has a license plate can not be renewed.


***EFFECTIVE 5/5/2022 THERE IS A NEW APPLICATION FOR ATV/UTV PERMITS WITH NEW REQUIREMENTS. ***

See link for All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Temporary Permits on the left side of the screen for further details. The $5.00 county processing fee still applies on all permits. 


If an individual (person A) wants to purchase a permit for an ATV owned by someone else (person B), then the state requires a copy of person B's insurance card or registration and an affidavit (Form 1012) authorizing person A to purchase the permit. 


***MOTOR VEHICLE KIOSK UPDATES***

There is now a motor vehicle self-service kiosk located inside the Spearfish Rec & Aquatics Center at 122 Recreation Lane in Spearfish. It is available during business hours only.


Locations for kiosks in Pennington County have changed. They are:

  1. Rapid City DOR Office, 221 Mall Drive (open 24 hours)

  2. Pennington Co Admin Building, 130 Kansas City Street, Suite 250

  3. Driver's License Exam Office, 1301 East Catron Blvd

Motor Vehicle Kiosk


***PROOF OF SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER***

Any person with an out of state driver's license must provide physical proof of social security number in order to transfer a title or purchase a temporary permit. This must be provided for EVERY transfer or permit. Examples would be social security card, pay stub, W2, or 1099 - no numbers can be crossed out; it must show the full social security number.  The state will only accept a 1040 if it is stamped by the IRS. If you are unsure that you have the correct documentation, please call our office to verify.


***POLICY FOR NOMADS***

As of July 12, 2021, we can no longer accept payment in the form of check from any person with a PMB and no physical address in South Dakota. Payment must be made by cash, credit card, or money 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. Include South Dakota driver's license number or social security number so we can locate you in our system. 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 the self-service kiosk at the Spearfish Rec & Aquatics Center or one of the kiosks in Rapid City.

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 or MSO/MCO, 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
  6. Proof of tax paid in previous state. This is required for all vehicle transfers from another state made within two years of the out of state title issue date. Any vehicles purchased from a dealer can use an Out-of-State Dealer Tax Assessment Form (Form 1004) showing tax was paid. Additional tax may be due depending on where the vehicle was previously titled. See "Titles & Licensing" page for specifics.

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/UTV/side by side and you wish to license it, include completed and signed Form 1015-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. Out of state checks are only accepted if you own property in Lawrence County. Otherwise you can pay with credit card through one of our online services. 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 (Form 1001) 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 (trailers are classified as motor vehicles)
  2. Section B: Include the following vehicle information - VIN/HIN, Year, Make, Model, Color, Odometer reading (if vehicle is 20 years old or newer). If this is for a watercraft, 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.