Last Updated: October 5th, 2023
5 Essential Facts to Know Before Officiating a Wedding in South Dakota
The facts below cover all the important aspects of what requirements you need to meet to be able to legally officiate a wedding ceremony in South Dakota.
Who Can Officiate Weddings in South Dakota?
This is the relevant exerpt from the South Dakota Codified Laws § 25-1-30.
" 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. "
Basically, this means that as long as you are ordained through any church, you can officiate weddings.
Are Online Ordinations Recognized in South Dakota?
Yes. All online ordained ministers, including those ordained through AMM are recognized in South Dakota.
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Is Government Registration Required to Officiate a Wedding in South Dakota?
The South Dakota Government does not license, register, or certify ministers or wedding officiants. Officiant registration is not required in South Dakota to officiate a wedding.
What Office Do I Register with Before Officiating a Wedding in South Dakota?
The South Dakota Government does not have any office that licenses, registers, or certifies wedding officiants.
What is the Minimum Legal Age to Officiate a Wedding in South Dakota?
All Wedding Officiants in South Dakota must be at least 18 years old.
Preparing to Officiate a Wedding in South Dakota
As there is no officiant registration required in South Dakota, once ordained your next step is to start preparing to officiate the wedding. If you have not officiated a wedding before, or it has been a while, check out our South Dakota Officiant Ceremony Preparation page.
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