Treasurer- Elaine Blachford

Deputy- Michelle 

Deputy- Jessica


Phone: 605-854-3411

Fax: 605-854-3833


Mailing Address:

PO Box 166

De Smet, SD 57231

Helpful Links:

Motor Vehicle Forms:

State of South Dakota:

Car Details:

Senior Freeze Application

The treasurer is responsible for all the money belonging to the county.  The treasurer collects real estate and mobile home taxes, provides information regarding real estate taxes, manages county investments, handles vehicle licensing and transfer of vehicle titles.

Window Hours:

Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:00 pm

       Open over noon hour

Closed all State and Federal Holidays

1. Please use telephone, mail or email to contact our office.

2. Access to the courthouse will be limited to the west door. Please call first! (605) 854-3411.

3. January renewals can be done for A & B, February renewals are C, D, & E.   Please do not wait until the last day!

4. We have a drop box on the south side of the courthouse.  If you leave your tax payments please make sure you have called the Treasurer's office for the amount of interest due and  include your tax slip and payment in a sealed envelope.  If you need a receipt please include a self addressed stamped envelope.  If you leave your vehicle renewals they will not be processed unless you include your renewal notice and the mail fee.

We want to assure our customers that we are taking precautions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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