South Dakota Escheat & Unclaimed Property Laws

This page addresses key areas of interest regarding South Dakota unclaimed property and escheatment laws and regulations.

Key South Dakota Unclaimed Property Reporting Deadlines

South Dakota has a fall deadline for annual reporting and remittance. Holders of unclaimed property must report and remit by October 31, except for life insurance companies who must report and remit by April 30.

South Dakota requires electronic reporting.

All holders have an obligation to report abandoned or unclaimed property to the state in order to maintain compliance with South Dakota’s unclaimed property laws and regulations.

South Dakota Due Diligence Requirements

South Dakota requires holders to send due diligence notifications for any property with a value of $50 or more.

This notice should inform the owner of the nature of the property and how to recover it, and also inform the owner that the property will be turned over to the state unless the owner claims it from the holder before the escheat report is filed.

South Dakota Dormancy Periods

Dormancy periods in South Dakota vary by property type. Generally, most property types have a three-year dormancy period. Accounts are considered dormant if the owner of a property has not indicated any interest in the property or if no contact has been made for the allotted dormancy period for that property. Dormancy periods in South Dakota for common property types include:

  • Wages, Payroll or Salary: One year
  • Safety Deposit Box Contents: Three years
  • Money Orders: Three years

Confused or Overwhelmed? Need Answers?

Reporting unclaimed property in South Dakota can be a stressful process that consumes valuable internal resources, especially if you must report in other jurisdictions as well. However, when properly managed, the annual reporting and escheatment process does not need to be a burdensome experience.

Key Resources​​

Office of the State Treasurer
Unclaimed Property Division
124 East Dakota Ave Pierre, SD 57501-5070
Phone: 605.773.3379 or 866.357.2547
Fax: 605.773.3115