How to make it legal
(It’s easy!)


Everything you need to know

To get a marriage license in South Dakota, both people must be present and you must bring your driver’s licenses or other government-issued photo ids 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, plan to be at the courthouse before 4:15 p.m.

A marriage 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. I will complete it and we will get the needed signatures. I will mail it back to the courthouse. Or you may return it yourselves in person, but this must be done within 10 days of the ceremony or the marriage is not valid.


Get a copy of your marriage certificate

Your marriage certificate is different from your marriage license. The license is what you need so that you can get married. Your certificate is what proves that the marriage really happened.

You will need your marriage certificate to change 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 of $15. You can request it in person, via mail or online (for an additional fee).


County courthouse locations

  • Central Black Hills | Rapid City
    Pennington County Register of Deeds
    130 Kansas City Street, Suite 210
    Rapid City, SD 57701
    (605) 394-2177

  • Central Black Hills | Sturgis
    Meade County Courthouse
    1425 Sherman Street
    Sturgis, SD 57785
    (605) 347-2356

  • Northern Black Hills | Deadwood
    Lawrence County Courthouse
    90 Sherman Street
    Deadwood, SD 57732
    (605) 578-3930

  • Southern Black Hills | Custer
    Custer County Courthouse
    420 Mt. Rushmore Road
    Custer, SD 57730
    (605) 673-8171


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Thank you again for the wonderfully amazing experience you helped us create for our wedding. You made our special day “ours.” Every part of the ceremony was “us.”
— Kyja & Ryan

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