Apply For A South Dakota Marriage License

Where do I get a marriage license in South Dakota?

You and your fiance can apply for a marriage license from the County Register of Deeds in any of South Dakota’s 66 counties. You will need to apply in person and together for your license, but the license process is usually quite straightforward. The marriage license will be issued while you wait and can be used immediately.

What should we bring with us in order to obtain a South Dakota marriage license?

Both you and your fiance are required to prove your age and identity, normally by presenting a valid driver’s license. Other ID is acceptable as long as it has your full name, birth date, and your photo. Examples of other ID accepted in South Dakota include a passport, military identification card, state-issued identification card, or tribal photo ID.

Do we need to have blood tests done before we go into apply?

No, South Dakota does not require the bride or groom to have any blood or medical tests done prior to marriage.

What is the South Dakota marriage license fee?

The fee for a marriage license in South Dakota is $40, regardless of what county you receive it in. After your wedding, the license will be signed by the officiator who solemnized your vows and returned to the county. If you want a certified copy of your marriage license for your own purposes, you can file a request for one at the County Register of Deeds that issued your original marriage license for an additional fee of $15.

Do marriage licenses expire in South Dakota?

Yes, marriage licenses issued by the state of South Dakota expire 20 days after they are issued. If you do not use the license within those 20 days, you will need to apply for a new license and pay the license fee again.

Who can legally preside over the wedding in South Dakota?

Your vows can be legally solemnized by a justice of the Supreme Court, a judge of any Circuit Court, a magistrate, a mayor, or any religious official who is authorized by a church to solemnize marriages. It is your responsibility to get the marriage license to them for their signature, but it is their responsibility to return the license to the correct county office within 10 days of the wedding.  


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