Treasurer Wall Art The Lake County Treasurer’s Office seeks to provide taxpayers with the best possible services to the meet continued and growing needs of Lake County.

The Office is best known by the public for issuing motor vehicle licenses and collecting property taxes. Property taxes account for the majority of the revenue in the county budget. The Treasurer is not only responsible for collecting property taxes for the county, but the city and school districts as well.

Motor vehicle fees and wheel taxes are also collected at the County Treasurer’s office. Motor vehicle collections are divided between the county, cities, townships, and the state of South Dakota.

The Treasurer’s office is also solely responsible and accountable for revenue collected by all other county offices. These funds are deposited with the County Treasurer’s Office and they are appropriated to the correct revenue account.

In addition to collecting taxes and other forms of revenue, the Treasurer assists senior and disabled citizen file applications for property tax relief and sales tax reductions. In conjunction with the State Departments of Revenue and Labor, the Treasurer issues distress warrants to the Sheriff in the event of non-payment of state sales taxes or unemployment insurance.

Property Tax Information:

First half property taxes are due April 30, second half are due October 31. Please bring your tax notices with you. Tax payments must be made for the exact amount only.

Tax payments may be sent to our office at 200 East Center St., Madison, SD 57042 and MUST be postmarked by April 30, and October 31 respectively. Please send your tax stubs to ensure proper credit to the correct parcels of land.

Please note: Payments received or postmarked after April 30 or October 31, respectively, will reflect a late fee and interest. Call the Treasurer's Office for an updated amount.

The Treasurer's Office also offers a drop box for property tax payments ONLY located between the double doors of the north entrance to the courthouse. Payments must include the payment coupon or parcel number with each payment and be in the exact amount only (all others will be returned). If you would like a receipt, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Payments dropped off after 4:30 p.m., M-F will be credited the following business day.

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Motor Vehicle Information:

Please click here for information about the new Dignity License plate.

  • SD License Renewal Schedule

    Registration on commercial, non-commercial, trailers, motorcycles, snowmobiles, and boats are done on a staggered licensing system based on the first letter of the owner's last name or in the case of a business on the beginning letter of the business' name. Licenses are renewable up to 90 days before end of assigned month. Please bring renewal postcard, registration, or title for each vehicle you wish to license.Renewal months are as follows:

    • January: A, B
    • February: C, D, E
    • March: F, G, J
    • May: H, I, O
    • June: K, L
    • July: M, N
    • August: P, Q, R
    • September: S
    • November: T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z
  • Registering a Recently Purchased Vehicle

    When registering a vehicle you have recently purchased, please bring the SD drivers license or social security number of all individuals to be placed on the title. A bill of sale is also required for all private party purchases.

    The current law requires you to remove your license plates when trading or selling a motor vehicle, trailer, motorcycle, or commercially licensed vehicle, and transferring those plates to a NEWLY ACQUIRED vehicle. HOWEVER, your plate SHOULD NOT be put on your new vehicle until you transfer your title and pay any appropriate fees to your county treasurer's office.

  • Selling a Vehicle

    If you sell a vehicle to another individual, business, company, etc., you will remove the plates and provide the new buyer with a seller's permit. This permit allows the new buyer to drive that vehicle for 45 days. These permits can be obtained free of charge from the treasurer's office or printed off the website, and can be obtained when you know you are selling the vehicle.

  • Title Transfers

    Titles with open liens cannot be transferred or duplicate titles applied for. Liens are indicated on the front lower portion of the title and can be released at the Treasurer's office with the proper documentation.

  • Acceptable Payment Methods - Effective 9/1/17

    Personal Checks (See exceptions below.)+
    Cashier's Checks
    Money Orders
    Credit/Debit cards (VISA, MasterCard, or Discover)++

    + No two-party checks, no counter/starter checks without pre-printed name and address, no out-of-state checks, and no checks with a personal mail box (PMB) will be accepted.
    ++Card processing fees are variable and will be added to your transaction.


Debra Walburg

Treasurer Send an Email

Erin Reinicke

Deputy Treasurer Send an Email

Betty Wise

Deputy Treasurer Send an Email

Contact Information

Main Office

Lake County Treasurer
200 E Center St
Madison SD 57042


Office Hours:
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday – Friday (excluding Holidays)


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:

In order to renew vehicle license online, you do need to have a SDDL or SDID. Renew online at:
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.

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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