How to Get Married in South Dakota

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So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, South Dakota!

So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, South Dakota!

How to Get Married in South Dakota

Application, ID, and Residency Requirement: The bride and groom must be 18 years of age or older. Both need to come into the office together to sign their marriage license application in our presence, at which time both of their signatures will be captured electronically. The bride and groom will also need to fill out the Marriage Application Worksheet form. The form may be printed out and completed prior to your visit to the Register of Deeds office.

Identification is required in order to apply for a marriage license. A valid driver's license, or other acceptable form of photo identification which also states a birth date, will be required. If a marriage license applicant is from a foreign country and does not have a valid driver's license, they will be required to provide their passport as an acceptable form of identification. The applicants' Social Security numbers are also required, however, the Social Security card does not need to be provided.

There is no residency requirement when a couple wishes to marry in South Dakota. There is also no waiting period. Couples will receive the license immediately and can marry as soon as they have the license.

*The South Dakota Department of Health provides specific instructions on its website for couples who wish to marry during the popular Sturgis Motorcycle Rally held every August. It lists addresses and phone numbers for register of deeds offices in several nearby cities, and the city of Sturgis provides a phone number for a list of approved officiants who will conduct wedding ceremonies at the rally.

Under 18: In South Dakota, if you are between the ages of 16 and 17, you must have a parent or guardian's written notarized consent. The parent or guardian can either come with the bride and groom and sign the form when the couple apply for the marriage license, or the couple will need to bring a written notarized consent with them at the time of application. All of the above requirements also apply in this case.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?: In South Dakota, a marriage license costs $40 CASH.

Officiants: A Supreme Court justice, a circuit court judge, a magistrate, a mayor or any church official authorized to solemnize marriages.

Valid: In South Dakota, the marriage license must be used within 20 days of purchase.

Equality Rights: Same sex marriage is legal in South Dakota.

Name Change: Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed.

It is very important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

How many of you are getting married in South Dakota?