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South Dakota Marriage License Requirements

Below is the information on what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the marriage laws before filling out the marriage license forms.

In order to get married, you need to apply and receive a marriage license. This is the document that allows you to officially be married under the law. Always check with your city's marriage bureau at your clerk of court's office to find out what your local rules are.

Licenses are usually not valid for more than 30 days so you'll typically need to apply for your marriage license within one month of your wedding ceremony. You need to submit your birth certificates, tax information, and other official documents.

When you apply for your license, you'll not only need a proof of identification and age, will need to provide any information about previous marriages, and will need to pay a nominal fee. You will also need to have a witness when you sign the application, so plan on bringing your maid of honor or best man with you. The bride will need to know what her married name will be before she signs the marriage certificate. You'll have to write that name on the application.

IMPORTANT: You are not officially married when you receive a marriage license. You need to have a justice of the peace or a religious clergyman sign the document. On your wedding day, you'll give your officiant your marriage license, then after the ceremony, he'll sign it and send it to the proper government agency for validation.

ID Requirement: Picture ID such as a driver's license. If application is mailed or faxed in, it must be witnessed by a Notary Public.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of South Dakota.

Waiting Period: 3 days.

If Divorced: If divorced within the last 60 days, a certified copy of the divorce decree is needed.

Fees: Cash Only! $25

Other Tests: No tests

Under 18: Need certified copy of birth certificate, both parents must be present with identification, or if you have a legal guardian they must be present with a court order and identification.

Officiants: The minister, priest or rabbi of any church or congregation in the state may perform marriages. Ministers must provide marriage certificates to the couple married and report the marriage to the Marriage Commissioner.

Valid: License is valid for 90 days anywhere in South Dakota.
The license can only be used within the State of South Dakota.


IMPORTANT: State and county marriage license requirements can change so make sure you check with your local town clerk. This information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any plans.

Aurora County Clerk Registered Deeds P.O. Box 397 Plankinton, SD 57368 605-942-7161
Beadle County Register of Deeds P.O. Box 55 Huron, SD 57350 605-352-3168
Bennett County Clerk Register of Deeds P.O. Box 433 Martin, SD 57551 605-685-6054
Bon Homme County Register of Deeds P.O. Box 3 Tyndail, SD 57066 605-589-4217
Brookings Register of Deed County Court House 3146 Ave Brookings, SD 57006 605-696-8240
Brown County Clerk Register of Deeds P.O. Box 1307 Aberdeen, SD 57402 605-626-7140
Brule County Register of Deeds 300 S. Courtland Chamberlain, SD 57325 605-734-5310
Charles Mix County Register of Deeds P.O. Box 206 Lake Andes, SD 57356 605-487-7141
Clark County Register of Deeds P.O. Box 294 Clark, SD 57225 605-532-5363
Clay County Register of Deeds P.O. Box 536 Vermillion, SD 57069 605-677-7130
Codington County Register of Deeds 14 First Ave S.E. Watertown, SD 57201 605-882-6278
Custer County Register of Deeds 420 Mt. Rushmore Rd Custer, SD 57730 605-673-2784
Davison County Register of Deeds 1015 S Miller Ave Mitchell, SD 57301 605-995-3808
Day County Register of Deeds 710 West 1st St Webster, SD 57274 605-345-4162
Deuel County Register of Deeds P.O. Box 307 Clearlake, SD 57226 605-874-2268
Douglas County Register of Deeds 706 Braddock St Armour, SD 57313 605-724-2204
Fall River County Register of Deeds 906 North River St Hot Springs, SD 57747 605-745-5139
Grant County Register of Deeds 210 E 5th Milbank, SD 57252 605-432-4752
Haakon County Register of Deeds P.O. Box 100 Philip, SD 57567 605-859-2785
Hamlin County Register of Deeds P.O. Box 56 Hayti, SD 57241 605-783-3206
Hanson County Register of Deed P.O. Box 8 Alexandria, SD 57311 605-239-4512
Hughes County Register of Deeds 104 E Capital Pierre, SD 57501 605- 773-7495
Hutchinson County Register of Deeds 140 Euclid Rm 37 Olivet, SD 57052 605-387-4217
Jerauld County Register of Deeds P.O. Box 452 Wessington Sprg, SD 57382 605-539-1221
Kingsbury County Register of Deeds P.O. Box 146 De Smet, SD 57231 605-854-3591
Lake County Register of Deeds P.O. Box 266 Madison, SD 57042 605-256-7614
Lincoln County Register of Deeds 100 East 5th Canton, SD 57013 605-987-5661
Lyman County Register of Deeds P.O. Box 98 Kennebec, SD 57544 605-869-2297
Marshall County Register of Deeds P.O. Box 130 Britton, SD 57430 605-448-2352
Meade County Register of Deeds P.O. Box 447 Sturgis, SD 57785 605-347-2356
Minnehaha County Register of Deeds 415 North Dakota Sioux Falls, SD 57102 605-367-4223
Moody County Register of Deeds P.O. Box 247 Flandreau, SD 57028 605-997-3151
Pennington County Register of Deeds 315 St Joseph St Rapid City, SD 57701 605-394-2177
Potter County Register of Deeds 201 S. Exane Gettysburg, SD 57442 605-765-9467
Roberts County Register of Deeds 411 Second Ave East Sisseton, SD 57262 605-698-7152
Sanborn County Register of Deeds P.O. Box 295 Woonsocket, SD 57385 605-796-4516
Spink County Register of Deeds P.O. Box 266 Redfield, SD 57469 605-472-0150
Turner County Register of Deeds P.O. Box 485 Parker, SD 57053 605-297-3443
Union County Register of Deeds P.O. Box 490 Elk Point, SD 57025 605-356-2191
Walworth County Register of Deeds P.O. Box 159 Selby, SD 57472 605-649-7057
Yankton County Register of Deeds P.O. Box 694 Yankton, SD 57078 605-665-2422