Couple signing marriage license


Get the skinny on making it legal. (It’s easy!)

Here’s the skinny on the ins and outs of making it all legal: getting a South Dakota marriage license, courthouse locations near Sturgis, various legal fees and timelines. Read through this, and if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact me, 605-484-8464.

Get your South Dakota marriage license

To get a marriage license, both people must be present and you
must bring your driver’s licenses or passports if you are not U.S. citizens. You can purchase the license at any South Dakota county courthouse. (See below for street addresses and phone numbers of county courthouses in the Black Hills.) Generally, their hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but because of the paperwork involved, you should be at the courthouse before 4:15 p.m.

The license costs $40 cash. No blood test or waiting period is required, but the service must be performed within 20 days. Two adult witnesses of the ceremony are also necessary.

Bring your marriage license with you

Bring the marriage license to the ceremony. After the ceremony, I will complete it and we will get the needed signatures. I will mail it back to the courthouse. (Note: Under special circumstances, you may return it yourselves in person, but this must be done within 10 days of the ceremony and with the consent of the courthouse.)

Get a copy of your marriage certificate

You will need a certified copy of your marriage certificate (this is not the same as the marriage license) to change your name, renew your driver’s license or passport (if you changed your name), notify the social security administration, for life insurance purposes and more. Any South Dakota courthouse will provide this for an additional per-copy fee (about $15). You can request it in person or via mail.

If you have questions, I'm happy to help.

Mary Maisey-Ireland

County courthouse locations

Central Black Hills | Rapid City
Pennington County Courthouse
130 Kansas City Street, Suite 210t
Rapid City, SD 57701

Central Black Hills | Sturgis
Meade County Courthouse
1425 Sherman Street
Sturgis, SD 57785

Northern Black Hills | Deadwood
Lawrence County Courthouse
90 Sherman Street
Deadwood, SD 57732

Southern Black Hills | Custer
Custer County Courthouse
420 Mt. Rushmore Road
Custer, SD 57730

It was a fantastic day – everything I had hoped for and more. You made the ceremony great with the way you spoke. I just want to say thank you for all your help in making it all happen.
Liz & Graham, United Kingdom

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