The modern settlement of Clay County began in 1859 when the land was opened for legal occupation. In 1862 the county organization was effected and commissioners and officers were named. The city of Vermillion was founded in 1859 and incorporated in 1873. It was named for either the old Fort Vermillion or for the nearby Vermillion River. In 1862 the territorial legislature located the State University in Vermillion, but nothing was done until 1882 when Clay County voted $10,000 in bonds to construct a building on the campus.  The Clay County Courthouse above was built in 1912 and houses some of the following offices at 211 West Main Street.

Contact Information

Auditor: 211 W. Main St., Ste. 200 Vermillion, SD 57069 (605) 677-7120

Treasurer: 211 W. Main St., Ste. 201, Vermillion, SD 57069 (605) 677-7123

Register of Deeds: 211 W. Main St., Ste. 202 Vermillion, SD 57069 (605) 677-7130

Sheriff: 15 Washington St., Vermillion, SD 57069 (605) 677-7100

States Attorney: 211 W. Main St., Ste. 204, Vermillion, SD 57069 (605) 677-7107

Coroner: Andy Howe, Vermillion, SD 57069 (605) 677-7100

Highway Superintendent: 45969 Timber Rd., Vermillion, SD 57069 (605) 677-7149

Director of Equalization (Assessor): 211 W. Main St., Ste.1, Vermillion, SD 57069 (605) 677-7140

Planning & Zoning, Welfare, Veterans Service Officer: 211 W. Main St., Ste. 203, Vermillion, SD 57069 (605) 677-7145

Emergency Management/Civil Defense: 15 Washington St., Vermillion, SD 57069 (605) 677-7185

Extension Educator: 515 High St., Vermillion, SD 57069 (605) 677-7111

Health Nurse: 211 W. Main St., Ste. 100, Vermillion, SD 57069 (605) 677-6767


  • Phyllis Packard: 22 W. Bloomingdale, Vermillion, SD 57069      
  • Leo Powell: 103 S. Harvard St., Vermillion, SD 57069   
  • Micheal Manning: 30 Cypress Dr., Vermiillion, SD 57069       
  • Travis Mockler: 30451 464 Ave., Centerville, SD 57014
  • Raymond (Dusty) Passick: 46794 317 St., Burbank, SD 57010

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Register of Deeds notice
Wednesday May 19, 2010
Pursuant to SD 141 passed during the 2010 legislative session:
The preparer of a document or instrument may not include an individualís personally identifiable information in any document or instrument that is prepared and presented for recording in the county office of the register of deeds. This section does not apply to any document or instrument that was executed by an individual prior to July 1, 2010.
These provisions do not apply to a state or federal tax lien or release relating to a state or federal tax lien, a military separation or discharge record, a uniform commercial code filing in the county office of the register of deeds or any governmental certified copy of a document or instrument.
The register of deeds may not reject a document or instrument presented for recording solely because the document or instrument fails to comply with SB 141.
Terms used in this Act mean:
1. ìPersonally identifiable information,î any information that includes one or more of the following specific unique identifiers when combined with an individualís name:
a. A social security number. This term does not, however, include the last four digits of a social security number.
b. Checking, savings, or share account number; or
c. Credit, debit, or charge card number;
2. ìPreparer,î any person who creates, drafts, edits, revises, or changes the document or instrument that is recorded with the register of deeds. The term, preparer, does not include any person who hires, requires, refers, pays, or requests that the document or instrument be drafted or recorded.

Road Conditions see Highway Menu
Tuesday Jan 26, 2010
See the Highway Menu for updated Clay County Road Conditions

New Fees for Obtaining Vital Records
Monday Feb 2, 2009
Effective February 5, 2009, the fee for either a certified or informational copy of a South Dakota birth, death, fetal death, marriage or divorce record will be $15.00. Record applications received after February 4, 2009 will need to have the $15.00 fee with the application. The cost to prepare a new certificate after adoptions will also increase to $15.00

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