The County Treasurer is a collector of taxes and has the duty to receive all money belonging to the county from whatever source (taxes, lien payment, etc.).  The Treasurer maintains accounting records and is responsible for issuing motor vehicle registrations and licensees along with reporting them to the South Dakota Division of Motor Vehicles.  The Treasurer is also responsible for recording all liens, canceling liens and duplicate titles.     

Real Estate Tax Program

Real estate tax notices are mailed to property owners in January.  Taxes in South Dakota are due and payable the first of January, however the first half of property tax payments are accepted until April 30th without penalty.  The second half of property tax payments will be accepted until October 31st.  All special assessments are due in the full on or before April 30th.  In addition, all taxes under $50 are due and payable in full on or before April 30th.  

Please keep in mind that taxes that are not postmarked by April 30th and October 31st, are considered delinquent.  If you mail your payment on time and the post office fails to postmark it by those dates, it will be considered a late payment.  If April 30th or October 31st falls on a Saturday, Sunday  or Holiday, according to state law it is up to you to make arrangements to get your payment to the Treasurer's Office by 5:00pm of the last working day of the month.   

Motor Vehicles

The Treasurer's Office titles and license all new and used motor vehicles, motorcycles, trailer, snowmobiles and boats.  Our office also records and release lien placed on vehicles.  

Titling Your Vehicle in South Dakota

South Dakota residents have 45 days from the date of purchase of a new or used vehicle to transfer the title into their name.  A penalty of $1.00 per week up to 26 weeks will be assessed for late transfers.  The penalty for a transfer after 26 weeks is $50.00.  Interest on the 4% excise tax will also be assessed on any title transfer done after 45 days.  For each month or party thereof for which the tax payment is late, interest at the rate of 1.25% or $5.00, whichever is greater, is automatically applied against any application made after 60 days from the purchase date.   

A 4% excise tax is imposed on most motor vehicle transactions unless they qualify for an exemption. The tax is based on the purchase price of the motor vehicle listed on the bill of sale, purchase order, or sale contract.  All vehicles 10 model years or newer are taxed, regardless of the purchase price.  Vehicles which are 11 or more years older, may be exempt from the 4% excise tax if the bill of sale indicated a price of $2,200 or less.  Credit is given for trade-ins.

Vehicle Registration Renewals

Registration on commercial, non-commercial vehicles and 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.  

  • 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 thru Z - November

Commercial Vehicle Plates

The county Treasure is able to process title commercial vehicles and tract/trailers. Please be sure to have with you completed titles and bill of sale and all pertinent information about the tractor/trailer (examples: weight, length, make/model, mileage, etc.)  Out of state title transfer must also include a scale ticket showing the weight.,  These can be obtained from a local elevator or commercial scale.  

The Treasurer is not able to license or process title transfer on prorated commercial vehicles and tractor/trailers.  Please visit for more information about prorating or contract the SD Department of Revenue.  

The Hamlin County Treasurer's Office does not issue IRS 2290 forms.  Forms are available for pick-up in the Treasurer's Office.  Form 2290 must be filed with the IRS.

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Contact Information


Jessica Trautner

PO Box 267

Hayti SD 57241

Phone: (605) 783-3441

Fax: (605) 783-3201



2nd Floor of Courthouse

Northwest Corner

300 4th Street

Hayti, SD 57241

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:30pm

Closed on Holidays

County Offices

Courthouse Hours

8:00am - 5:00pm Central Time

Monday - Friday


Closed Weekends and All Approved Government Holiday

Offices may have different set of operation hours.

Courthouse Information

Please contact the corresponded offices for questions.

300 4th Street

Hayti, South Dakota 57241

Phone: (605) 783-3201 (Auditor)

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