March 29, 2020

Archives for March 2020

Offices: Working but Closed for Public Visits

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. – Effective Monday, March 30th, 2020, all Fall River & Oglala Lakota County facilities will be closed to public visits.  This closure includes the Courthouse, Director of Equalization office, South Annex, Sheriff Office, Fall River County Jail, and Highway Department.  This closure will remain until lifted by the commissioners and will be reviewed at each commissioner meeting.  Information about closures will be posted to our website,

County employees will continue to work, and our services will be available via phone, email, mail, and online.  When face-to-face business is absolutely necessary appointments will be arranged.  It is our goal to continue business as usual while utilizing technology to limit in-person contact.

If you have business with a county office the first step is to call or email that office.  Employees will work with you to ensure that all your business can be completed.

Magistrate and Circuit Court: The courthouse will be accessible for scheduled court appearances.  Please access the courthouse from the front, ground floor door as usual.  Security will be held as usual with the addition of health checks as directed by the State Attorney General’s Office. If you have questions, please contact the Clerk of Courts at 605-745-5131

We apologize for any inconvenience created by this closure and appreciate the patience that everyone has shown in this time of uncertainty.

Contact for County Offices:

Auditor’s Office: (605) 745-5130 – [email protected]
(elections, voter registration, commissioner agenda, billing)

Clerk of Courts: (605) 745-5131

Director of Equalization (Assessor): (605) 745-5136 – [email protected]
(assessment value appeals, property tax reduction programs)

Register of Deeds: (605) 745-5139 – [email protected]
(marriage licenses, vital records: birth, marriage, death)

State’s Attorney: (605) 745-3866 –  [email protected]

Treasurer: (605) 745-5145 –  [email protected]
(License plates, payment of property tax, vehicle title transfers)

Fraud Schemes Related to COVID-19

The FBI has issued a release on the increase in scammers attempting to use the COVID-19 crisis to steal your money and/or personal information.  The document link below lists the various schemes to be on the lookout for.


IMPORTANT PRESS RELEASE – Motor Vehicle Registration & Renewals

MV Press release

Please click on the link above regarding important information about motor vehicle registration & renewals. Help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Call 605-745-5145 if you have any questions.

“No Change to Election Dates, Consider Absentee Voting”

The South Dakota Secretary of State has issued a press release in regards to inquiries concerning the postponement of elections due to COVID-19.

“State law does not allow for the rescheduling of these dates or the extension of election deadlines. At this time, all election dates and deadlines remain in place.”

They further stated, “We are encouraging voters to utilize South Dakota’s absentee voting process.”  You can contact the Auditor’s office at, 605-745-5130 or [email protected] for information on absentee voting in Fall River and Oglala Lakota Counties.

Click here for the full press release.