Treasurer's Office 

211 W. MAIN ST. SUITE 201
PHONE: 605-677-7123
FAX: 605-677-7104





In South Dakota the County Treasurerís has the responsibility of receiving and managing all funds due the county. Some of the duties the treasurer is responsible for are: the collection of all real estate and mobile home taxes, all vehicle registration, titling and licensing, implementing procedures for delinquent real estate and mobile home tax collection, providing information regarding real estate/mobile home taxes to anyone requesting this information and investing county money.  Some County Treasurerís also sell State hunting/fishing licenses.


Property taxes account for the majority of the countyís revenue.  The county treasurer is responsible for the collection of all property taxes not only for the county but also for the schools, townships, cities and any other entity authorized to levy real estate taxes.  If taxes become delinquent the Treasurer is responsible for implementing the procedure established by law to collect these taxes or to take the property for tax deed.

New Service Offered

The Clay County Treasurer's office is now offering direct payment (ACH) for first and second half real estate or mobile home tax payments.  ACH request form listed below or you can obtain the form from the Clay County Treasurer's Office.



One of the Treasurerís primary duties is to manage all county funds.  Money not used for the day-to-day operation of the county is invested to help generate more money.  The most common investments are CDís purchased through local banks or working with professional cash management services.


The County Treasurer is responsible for titling, licensing and registering all vehicles.  The treasurerís office also records and releases liens placed on vehicles.

In South Dakota you are assigned a renewal month based on the first letter of your last name, or in the case of a business, on the beginning letter of the business name.   Renewal months are as follows:

A & B - January

C, D & E - February

F, G & J - March

H, I & O - May

K & L - June

M & N - July

P, Q & R- August

S - September

T through Z- November

All persons whose last name begins with A or B or if you have a pink decal with the number 1 on it, should renew their vehicle registration during the month of January. You will need to bring or send one of the following for renewal:

  1. Title (if you own your vehicle free and clear you will have the title)
  2. License renewal certificate (if you are making payments on your vehicle and you indicated that you wanted the title sent to the lienholder you would have received a license renewal certificate from the State of South Dakota).
  3. Vehicle registration renewal card.  You will receive this card in the mail approximately 60 days prior to your vehicle's expiration date. Vehicle registration renewal cards are sent out as a courtesy and not all SD counties send renewal cards.
  4. A copy of your title (if you have a lien against your vehicle and have lost or misplaced your license renewal certificate, you can get a copy of the title from your lienholder).

When renewing by mail please include .50 cents per vehicle for mailing. If you need new plates please include $4.00 for mailing.

Please contact the Clay County Treasurer's office in regards to using a credit card for payment of vehicle registration renewal.

Online renewal may be done by using the link at the bottom of this page.  There is a fee assessed for using this service.


Additional information is available at the following links:

State Motor Vehicle page:

Motor Vehicle forms:

Game, Fish & Parks

Real estate forms:

These documents require Adobe Acrobat Reader (Free). Download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free.

   Support Documents
 MV608.pdf (896,780 bytes)     Adobe Acrobat
 duplicate title application.pdf (281,707 bytes)     Adobe Acrobat
 DamageDisclosureStatement $5000.pdf (113,398 bytes)     Adobe Acrobat
  SD Uniform Damage Disclosure Statement
 Affidavit for non-residence.pdf (43,105 bytes)     Adobe Acrobat
 Duplicate plate affidavit.pdf (155,560 bytes)     Adobe Acrobat
  Application for lost license plates
 Interstate affidavit.pdf (62,961 bytes)     Adobe Acrobat
 Lien release.pdf (27,190 bytes)     Adobe Acrobat
 ApplicationForReplacementOfLicensePlatesValidationStickersOrLostTitleDocuments.pdf (120,974 bytes)     Adobe Acrobat
  Application for plates/decals lost in the mail
 PowerOfAttorney.pdf (30,512 bytes)     Adobe Acrobat
 RESIDENCE POSTAL ADDRESS VERIFICATION FORM.pdf (69,762 bytes)     Adobe Acrobat
 AUTHORIZATION FOR DIRCT PAYMENT.doc (26,112 bytes)     Word
 AUTHORIZATION FOR DIRCT PAYMENT.pdf (12,639 bytes)     Adobe Acrobat
 DuplicateCertificateOfTitleApplication.pdf (87,235 bytes)     Adobe Acrobat

Renew Vehicle Registration & Pay Property Taxes
 Property tax information
Real estate tax search

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