Property Tax Collection:

When people think of county revenues they often think of property taxes, which account for the majority of revenue in county budgets.  The treasurer, as the tax collector is responsible for collecting all property taxes for the county, cities, school districts, and any other political district authorized to levy real estate taxes.

County Investments:

The county treasure's's primary duty is to manage all county funds.  Because the treasurer receives money from other county offices, they are responsible for investing that money to help generate more money.

Motor Vehicles: 

In South Dakota, the county treasurer is responsible for issuing motor vehicle titles, licenses, registrations, and recording liens.  Although the division of motor vehicles is the central state office for maintaining accurate motor vehicle records, it is the county treasurer who enters the vehicle information into the central database.  This vehicle registration information is not only important to counties, but also other state agencies as well as your local police and sheriff's offices.  Vehicle licensing is an important responsibility and necessary for local governments.  The money generated from licensing helps maintain your local roads and bridges.

Vehicle Registration and Licensing:

Registration is on a staggered licensing system based on the first letter of the owner's last name.  Vehicle owners must provide either the South Dakota license number or Social Security number of all registered owners on the title before the license may be renewed.

South Dakota residents have 30 days from the date purchase of a news or used motor vehicle to transfer title into their name. A penalty of $1 per week of up to 26 weeks will be assessed for late transfers.  The penalty for a transfer after 26 weeks is $50. In addition, interest and penalties will apply to the 3% motor vehicle excise tax.  In lieu of sales and use taxes, a 3% excise tax is imposed on most motor vehicle transactions unless exempt. N The excise tax is based on the purchase price of the motor vehicle listed on the bill of sale, purchase order, or sales contract.  In some instances, older vehicles may be subjected to excise tax, but, currently, all motor vehicles 11 years old or newer are taxed, regardless of purchase price.  Credit is given for trade-ins.

License Renewal System

  • January: A, B
  • February: C,D,E
  • March: F,G, J
  • April:
  • May: H,I,O
  • June: K,L
  • July: M,N
  • August: P,Q,R
  • September: S
  • October:
  • November: T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z