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South Dakota State Marriage Law & Information

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South Dakota Marriage Law

South Dakota Codified Laws


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.


Solemnization and recording of marriages required--Common-law marriages prior to 1959 not invalidated.

Marriage must be solemnized, authenticated, and recorded as provided in this chapter provided, however, that noncompliance with its provisions does not invalidate any lawful marriage consented to and subsequently consummated prior to July 1, 1959.

Source: SDC 1939, § 14.0110; SL 1959, ch 50, § 2; SL 1976, ch 30, § 2; SL 2003, ch 143, § 1.

Marriage License Agency: County Clerk
Common Law: No
Civil Union: No
Duration of Marriage Licence: 20 Days

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