How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in South Dakota?
South Dakota is the home of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial. Its expansive landscape includes miles of green grass prairies abutting deep forests. Sparsely populated but rich in Native American culture, South Dakota is the perfect place to get married!
Rules and Regulations
Before dancing to tribal music at your reception, you will want to get to know the rules and regulations for getting married in South Dakota.
- You may get married in South Dakota at the age of 16 with parental consent and a copy of your birth certificate.
- If you are 18 years or older, you can get married without parental consent.
- You do not need to live in South Dakota to get married there.
- No blood test is necessary.
- Cousin marriage is not permitted.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
How to Apply
You must both appear together, in person at your local County Register of Deeds office. You must bring with you the following paperwork to obtain your marriage license.
- A $40 fee is due at the time of application.
- A valid, current photo ID such as driver’s license, passport, military ID, or state ID.
- You will need to bring your social security numbers (for both parties), but you do not need to bring your cards.
- If you have been married previously, bring along documentation of your dissolution (divorce decree, death certificate or annulment paperwork).
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is no waiting period to get married in South Dakota, and you can be married the same day if you want. The license is only good for a period of 20-days so be sure to plan your wedding date quick-ly after obtaining your marriage license.
Who Can Officiate
Any licensed or ordained minister, priest or member of the clergy, justices of the supreme court, judges, magistrates and even justices of the peace may perform your wedding ceremony in the state of South Dakota.
After the Wedding
If you wish to change your name, you will need to pick up a name change kit for your name change to be legal.
You must return your marriage license to the County Register of Deeds where you pur-chased it within ten days of your wedding, or your marriage will be invalid.
You may request a certified copy for yourself once it has been filed and record as public record.