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South Dakota Marriage Laws

Congratulations! If you've found yourself at this page it is likely that you are either planning to be married or have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in South Dakota. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in South Dakota. The information provided below will walk you through the steps one must follow to become a minister and perform a valid wedding ceremony in the state of South Dakota.

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: Sometimes
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18
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  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 0 Days
  • Marriage License Valid For: 20 Days
  • Marriage License Return Within: By Expiration

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in South Dakota

If you haven't already, you should get ordained online with the Universal Life Church. Ordination is free and can be completed in just a matter of minutes. Thousands of legally valid marriages are performed by ULC ministers around the world every year. Begin the process by clicking the big blue button below!

2 How to Officiate a Marriage in South Dakota

Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk). Let them know that you are a minister of the Universal Life Church in Seattle, and ask what they will require of you to officiate a legal marriage.

Select your county to quickly generate the contact information for your local marriage authority.



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3 License to Marry in South Dakota

After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our online store to purchase whatever documentation will be required. We typically advise ministers in South Dakota to get an Ordination Package and to add a Letter of Good Standing to your order. While minister registration is not required in the state of South Dakota, it has been frequently reported to us by ULC ministers in the area that county clerks will ask for proof of your ordination before accepting any marriage you perform as having been legally solemnized. Additionally, please attempt to leave at least 3 weeks between the date of the wedding ceremony and your order, to ensure that you receive all of your materials in advance.

South Dakota is a relatively easy state in which to perform a wedding as a minister who was ordained online. Thousands of ULC Ministers perform legal weddings and sign valid South Dakota marriage licenses every year.

4 How to Perform a Wedding in South Dakota

Now that you've done all of the above, you are ready to perform the wedding! Be sure that the couple has picked up their South Dakota marriage license from the appropriate office. This license is only valid for 20 days, but there is no mandatory waiting period between when the couple picks up the marriage license in South Dakota and when the ceremony may legally be conducted. Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office before its date of expiry. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in South Dakota, after they've received their license to marry by getting ordained online, asking for guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony. Once the legal matters have been taken care of, officiating a wedding (while a sometimes-daunting task) can be a great deal of fun. We would suggest that new South Dakota wedding ministers concerned about the ceremony peruse one of our helpful wedding guides. The minister training section of our website should offer a helpful refresher for more experienced ministers.


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South Dakota Marriage Code

Marriage laws in South Dakota are primarily directed by Chapter 1 of Title 25 of South Dakota codified laws, which defines the persons authorized to perform a marriage in the State of South Dakota. This includes ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church, among other individuals. We've reproduced a portion of this code below.
25-1-30. Persons authorized to solemnize marriages. Marriage may be solemnized by a justice of the Supreme Court, a judge of the circuit court, a magistrate, a mayor, either within or without the corporate limits of the municipality from which the mayor was elected, or any person authorized by a church to solemnize marriages.

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Aurora County

401 N. Main Street
P.O. Box 366
Plankinton, South Dakota
57368

Phone: (605) 942-7161
Fax: (605) 942-7170
Aurora County website »

Beadle County

4530 3rd Stret SW
PO Box 1358
Huron, South Dakota
57350

Phone: (605) 353-7165
Fax: (605) 353-0118
Beadle County website »

Bennett County

PO Box 281
Martin, South Dakota
57551

Phone: (605) 685-6969
Fax: (605) 685-6311
Bennett County website »

Bon Homme County

300 W 18th Avenue
PO Box 6
Tyndail, South Dakota
57066

Phone: (605) 589-4215
Fax: (605) 589-4245
Bon Homme County website »

Brookings County

314 6th Ave.
Brookings, South Dakota
57006

Phone: (605) 688-4200
Fax: (605) 688-4952
Brookings County website »

Brown County

101 SE 1st Avenue
PO Box 1087
Aberdeen, South Dakota
57401

Phone: (605) 626-2451
Fax: (605) 626-2491
Brown County website »

Brule County

300 S. Courtland
Chamberlain, South Dakota
57325

Phone: (605) 734-4580
Fax: (605) 734-4582
Brule County website »

Buffalo County

Courthouse Square
Box 174
Gaan Valley, South Dakota
57341

Buffalo County website »

Butte County

839 5th Ave.
PO Box 250
Belle Fourche, South Dakota
57717

Phone: (605) 892-2516
Fax: (605) 892-2836
Butte County website »

Campbell County

111 2nd Street NE
P.O. Box 146
Mound City, South Dakota
57646

Phone: (605) 955-3536
Fax: (605) 955-5303
Campbell County website »

Charles Mix County

400 Main Street
PO Box 640
Lake Andes, South Dakota
57356

Phone: (605) 487-7511
Fax: (605) 487-7547
Charles Mix County website »

Clark County

200 Commercial Street
PO Box 294
Clark, South Dakota
57225

Phone: (605) 532-5851
Fax: (605) 532-4257
Clark County website »

Clay County

211 West Main St
PO Box 377
Vermillion, South Dakota
57069

Phone: (605) 677-6756
Fax: (605) 677-8885
Clay County website »

Codington County

14 1st Avenue SE
PO Box 1054
Watertown, South Dakota
57201

Phone: (605) 882-5095
Fax: (605) 882-5384
Codington County website »

Corson County

108 E 1st Street
PO Box 175
McIntosh, South Dakota
57641

Phone: (605) 273-4201
Fax: (605) 273-4597
Corson County website »

Custer County

420 SW Mt. Rushmore Rd.
Custer, South Dakota
57730

Custer County website »

Davison County

200 E 4th Ave
PO Box 927
Mitchell, South Dakota
57301

Phone: (605) 995-8105
Fax: (605) 995-8112
Davison County website »

Day County

711 W. 1st St.
Webster, South Dakota
57274

Phone: (605) 345-3771
Fax: (605) 345-3818
Day County website »

Deuel County

P.O. Box 308
Clear Lake, South Dakota
57226

Phone: (605) 874-2120
Fax: (605) 874-3305
Deuel County website »

Dewey County

C Street - Courthouse
PO Box 96
Timber Lake, South Dakota
57656

Phone: (605) 865-3566
Fax: (605) 865-3641
Dewey County website »

Douglas County

706 Braddock
PO Box 36
Armour, South Dakota
57313

Phone: (605) 724-2585
Fax: (605) 724-2508
Douglas County website »

Edmunds County

210 2nd Avenue
PO Box 384
Ipswich, South Dakota
57451

Phone: (605) 426-6671
Fax: (605) 426-6323
Edmunds County website »

Fall River County

906 N. River St.
Hot Springs, South Dakota
57747

Fall River County website »

Faulk County

110 9th Ave S
PO Box 357
Faulkton, South Dakota
57438

Phone: (605) 598-6223
Fax: (605) 598-6252
Faulk County website »

Grant County

210 E 5th Ave
PO Box 509
Milbank, South Dakota
57252

Phone: (605) 432-5482
Fax: (605) 432-5328
Grant County website »

Gregory County

221 E 8th Street
PO Box 430
Burke, South Dakota
57523

Gregory County website »

Haakon County

140 S Howard
PO Box 70
Philip, South Dakota
57567

Haakon County website »

Hamlin County

P.O. Box 256
Hayti, South Dakota
57241

Phone: (605) 783-3751
Fax: (605) 783-2157
Hamlin County website »

Hand County

415 W 1st Ave
PO Box 122
Miller, South Dakota
57362

Phone: (605) 853-3337
Fax: (605) 853-3779
Hand County website »

Hanson County

440 Main Street
PO Box 127
Alexandria, South Dakota
57311

Phone: (605) 239-4446
Fax: (605) 239-9446
Hanson County website »

Harding County

410 Ramsland Street
PO Box 534
Buffalo, South Dakota
57720

Phone: (605) 375-3351
Fax: (605) 375-3432
Harding County website »

Hughes County

104 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, South Dakota
57501

Hughes County website »

Hutchinson County

140 Euclid, Room 37
Olivet, South Dakota
57052

Phone: (605) 387-4215
Fax: (605) 387-4208
Hutchinson County website »

Hyde County

112 Commercial SE
PO Box 306
Highmore, South Dakota
57345

Hyde County website »

Jackson County

700 Main Street
PO Box 128
Kadoka, South Dakota
57543

Jackson County website »

Jerauld County

205 South Wallace
PO Box 435
Wessington Springs, South Dakota
57382

Phone: (605) 539-1202
Fax: (605) 539-1203
Jerauld County website »

Jones County

310 Main Street
PO Box 448
Murdo, South Dakota
57559

Jones County website »

Kingsbury County

P.O. Box 176
De Smet, South Dakota
57231

Phone: (605) 854-3811
Fax: (605) 854-9080
Kingsbury County website »

Lake County

200 East Center
PO Box 507
Madison, South Dakota
57042

Phone: (605) 256-5644
Fax: (605) 256-5080
Lake County website »

Lawrence County

78 Sherman Street
PO Box 626
Deadwood, South Dakota
57732

Phone: (605) 578-2040
Fax: (605) 578-1571
Lawrence County website »

Lincoln County

104 N Main Street
Canton, South Dakota
57013

Phone: (605) 987-5891
Fax: (605) 987-9088
Lincoln County website »

Lyman County

100 S. Main
PO Box 235
Kennebec, South Dakota
57544

Phone: (605) 869-2277
Fax: (605) 869-2177
Lyman County website »

Marshall County

911 Vander Horck
P.O. Box 130
Britton, South Dakota
57430

Phone: (605) 448-5213
Fax: (605) 448-5201
Marshall County website »

McCook County

130 West Essex Ave
PO Box 504
Salem, South Dakota
57058

Phone: (605) 425-2781
Fax: (605) 425-3144
McCook County website »

McPherson County

706 Main Street
PO Box 248
Leola, South Dakota
57456

Phone: (605) 439-3361
Fax: (605) 439-3297
McPherson County website »

Meade County

1425 Sherman Street
PO Box 939
Sturgis, South Dakota
57785

Phone: (605) 347-4411
Fax: (605) 347-3526
Meade County website »

Mellette County

P.O. Box 257
White River, South Dakota
57579

Mellette County website »

Miner County

P.O. Box 265
Howard, South Dakota
57349

Phone: (605) 772-4612
Fax: (605) 772-4412
Miner County website »

Minnehaha County

425 N. Dakota Ave.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
57102

Phone: (605) 367-5900
Fax: (605) 367-5916
Minnehaha County website »

Moody County

101 Pipestone Ave E
PO Box 226
Flandreau, South Dakota
57028

Phone: (605) 997-3181
Fax: (605) 997-3861
Moody County website »

Pennington County

315 St Joseph St.
PO Box 230
Rapid City, South Dakota
57701

Pennington County website »

Perkins County

101 Main Street
PO Box 426
Bison, South Dakota
57620

Phone: (605) 244-5626
Fax: (605) 244-7110
Perkins County website »

Potter County

201 S. Exene St.
PO Box 67
Gettysburg, South Dakota
57442

Potter County website »

Roberts County

411 2nd Ave. E
Sisseton, South Dakota
57262

Phone: (605) 698-3395
Fax: (605) 698-7894
Roberts County website »

Sanborn County

P.O. Box 56
Woonsocket, South Dakota
57385

Phone: (605) 796-4515
Fax: (605) 796-4502
Sanborn County website »

Shannon County

906 N. St.
Hot Springs, South Dakota
57747

Shannon County website »

Spink County

210 East Seventh Avenue
P.O. Box 226
Redfield, South Dakota
57469

Phone: (605) 472-4535
Fax: (605) 472-4352
Spink County website »

Stanley County

8 East Second Avenue
P.O. Box 596
Pierre, South Dakota
57501

Stanley County website »

Sully County

P.O. Box 188
Onida, South Dakota
57564

Sully County website »

Todd County

200 E. 3rd St.
Winner, South Dakota
57580

Todd County website »

Tripp County

200 E. 3rd St.
PO Box 311
Winner, South Dakota
57580

Tripp County website »

Turner County

400 S Main
PO Box 446
Parker, South Dakota
57053

Phone: (605) 297-3115
Fax: (605) 297-2115
Turner County website »

Union County

209 East Main Street
P.O. Box 757
Elk Point, South Dakota
57025

Phone: (605) 356-2132
Fax: (605) 356-3687
Union County website »

Walworth County

4304 4th Avenue
PO Box 328
Selby, South Dakota
57472

Phone: (605) 649-7311
Fax: (605) 649-7624
Walworth County website »

Yankton County

410 Walnut St
Yankton, South Dakota
57078

Phone: (605) 668-3080
Fax: (605) 668-5411
Yankton County website »

Ziebach County

P.O. Box 306
Dupree, South Dakota
57623

Phone: (605) 365-5159
Fax: (605) 365-5652
Ziebach County website »