Military Discharge Records - Forms
(Known as Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, WG xx, DD-214 or equivalent)

  • The Veterans Report of Separation from Active Duty or Discharge form (DD 214) is the most important document a veteran will receive when discharged from Active Duty.

  • Keep the original copies in a safe and secured place. NEVER send the original to the VA or other organizations. Send only certified copies of the original.

  • The document should be filed at the County Register of Deeds or County Record of Vital Statistics within the county that you live in after you are separated from active duty. If you later move to another state or county this document should be re-filed in the new county. This is a free service in South Dakota.

  • Certified Copies of the DD 214 are required for most initial Claims, Benefits, and Bonus programs. In most cases a veteran or dependent may not require the use of the form for 30 or more years. The form may be required for reopening a claim or verifying burial or social security benefits. Once discharge forms are filed in South Dakota, Veterans can obtain as many certified copies of their discharge forms as needed at any time at no cost.

  • We can also assist former members of the National Guard in retrieving copies of their NGB 22 which documents National Guard service and separation.

Military Medical Records

Military Medical Records can sometimes be very difficult to find. In most cases the medical records are stored with the military treatment facility the service member was treated at. During the time of demobilization or force restructuring in which military facilities were closed some serious research will need to be completed. It is very important that the service member or veteran recalls specific information to help track the information. The following information is required to assist in locating medical records:

  • Full name
  • Service number
  • Rank
  • Branch of service
  • Unit of assignment at time of treatment
  • Date of treatment
  • Type of treatment received
  • Name of medical facility
  • Location of medical facility
  • Branch of service of medical facility

Assistance Available

For assistance with military discharge records or military medical records, please contact the Veterans Service Officer.

Announcements

County Offices Closed
Wednesday, April 8, 2020

County offices will be closed on Friday, April 10, 2020, in observance of Good Friday.

Real Estate & Mobile Home Taxes - First Half
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

First half of Real Estate and Mobile Home Taxes due by the end of April. Please bring your tax notices with you. Tax payments must be made for the exact amount only.
Tax payments may be sent to the Treasurer's Office at 200 E. Center St, Madison, SD 57042 and MUST be postmarked by April 30. Please send your tax stubs to ensure proper credit to the correct parcels of land. Please note: Payments received or postmarked after April 30th will reflect a late fee and interest.

County Response to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Friday, March 27, 2020

The Commission adopted a plan for continuity of county operations in response to the COVID-19. Currently county offices are open and available to do in-person business by APPOINTMENT only. Please review the release here for specific details. This plan was updated on 3/24/2020 - click here for specific details.

Voter Registration
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Lake County offices are open and available to provide in-person essential services to the public by appointment only. Voter registration forms may be mailed. There is a locked drop box in the north vestibule of the courthouse where forms can be dropped off. The box is checked every two hours. For voters that want to deliver their form in person, please call 605-256-7600 for an appointment.

County Board of Equalization
Monday, March 23, 2020

The County Board of Equalization will meet in the commission meeting room on Tuesday, April 14th, in accordance with SDCL 10-11-25. All persons considering themselves aggrieved by said assessment are required to submit written notice tot he County Auditor no later than Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

Renew Drivers License or Vehicle Licenses Online
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

For driver’s license renewals: https://dps.sd.gov/driver-licensing

In order to renew vehicle license online, you do need to have a SDDL or SDID. Renew online at: https://mysdcars.sd.gov
The self-service terminal (STS) kiosk machines are also available for vehicle license renewals. It doesn’t matter what county you reside in, anyone with a SDDL or SDID can renew with a STS kiosk machine.

Load Limits - Effective 3/02/2020
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Seasonal road restrictions will become effective at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 2, 2020, due to the unusual warm weather conditions. Click here to view the list of restrictions. Seasonal road restrictions will remain in effect until lifted by the Lake County Highway Superintendent.

NOTICE OF DEADLINE
Monday, January 13, 2020

For Filing Nominating Petitions for the Primary Election and for Filing Independent Candidate Petitions - Click HERE to view the Notice.

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