Documents referenced below are available in Adobe .pdf format* unless otherwise noted.
A public trust company resembles a traditional bank trust department or trust company with the defining factor being the solicitation and acceptance of public accounts. For specific statutory information regarding the definition of a Public Trust company, please refer to South Dakota Codified Law (SDCL) 51A-6A-1(12A).
Private trust companies limit activities to the management of private assets, usually for the benefit of a single family lineage. For the definition of a private trust company as set forth by the Banking Commission, please refer to Administrative Rule of South Dakota (ARSD) 20:07:22:03.
Trust Company Charter Application - Choose Adobe .pdf format or Microsoft Excel format. (Both options may be completed electronically, then printed and submitted by postal mail; however, the Excel option allows you to save the file electronically for your records.)
Application for Interstate Trust Activities (from the Conference of
State Bank Supervisors)
According to SDCL 51A-6A-34, trust companies are required to provide an annual report to the Director of Banking. In an effort to control costs and improve efficiency, the forms are now available from this website (in Adobe .pdf format* unless otherwise noted) rather than by mail. The completed reports, signature pages and fee must be submitted to the Division of Banking no later than January 30. Trust companies created as limited liability companies are required to file an Oath of Managers for directorate members; all other trust company entities are required to file an Oath of Directors for directorate members. Once appointed, directors and mangers are not required to complete an oath each year, but must submit a copy of their original oath with the annual report.
See ARSD 20:07:22:01 - Fee Calculation.
Trust Fee Calculator (in Microsoft Excel format)
Effective July 1, 2010, criminal background investigation, credit reports and litigation reports are required for new hires of existing South Dakota chartered trust companies. Pursuant to SDCL 51A-6A-17, an independent criminal background investigation, independent credit report and litigation report must be submitted for each new hire. New hires are defined as owners, board members, officers and key employees. Criminal background investigations for public trust company individuals will be performed via fingerprints on cards provided by the Division; two fingerprint cards, one for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and one for the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, must be submitted along with a check made payable to the “South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation” for $43.25 for each individual receiving the background check. Criminal background investigation for private trust company individuals require only a name-based criminal background investigation performed by an independent third party, in addition to a credit report and litigation report. For both public trust companies and private trust companies, litigation reports may be provided as a third party report (preferred) or by way of a sworn affidavit if sufficiently detailed. All trust companies are required to immediately notify the Division of any material change to the background of any individual that would otherwise be subject to this process. All costs associated with these processes are to be paid by the applicant or trust company as applicable.
A Biographical and Financial Report for each new hire must be completed and submitted with the required background information.
Trust companies are encouraged to thoroughly review SDCL Chapter 51A-6A and Title 55, which pertain to the creation and administration of a South Dakota trust company and address trust law in South Dakota. Sections of note include:
South Dakota chartered trust companies are defined as a financial institution pursuant SDCL 10-43-1, which imposes a net-income-based tax on South Dakota sitused financial institutions. However, SDCL 10-43-90 imposes a minimum financial institution tax on South Dakota chartered trust companies. The minimum financial institution tax applied to South Dakota chartered trust companies is tiered over the first five years of operation. The annual minimum tax is $500 for fewer than 12 months of operation; $2,000 for over 12 months but less than 24 months of operation; $5,000 for over 24 months but less than 36 months of operation; $10,000 for over 36 months but fewer than 48 months of operation; and $25,000 annually after 48 months.
If you cannot find the information you are looking for regarding trust companies, charters or complaints specific to the trust arena in the information above, please contact the Division of Banking using the contact information below.
Division of Banking
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
1601 N. Harrison Avenue, Suite 1
Pierre, SD 57501
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