Driver Licensing

About Us

Mission Statement
It is the mission of the South Dakota Driver Licensing Program to make South Dakota roadways safe by issuing driver licenses to applicants who have met the minimum qualifications for safely operating a motor vehicle and to protect South Dakota's citizens by issuing a secure document based on legitimate identification documentation.

2014 Statistics

Alcohol Related Offenses Processed: 6,000

Hearings and Re-Evaluations Performed:  41

Unpaid Fines Processed:  20,682

Miscellaneous Offenses & Notifications Processed: 147,483

Total Driver Licenses & ID Cards Issued:  182,089

Total Phone Calls Processed:  116,305

Temporary Permits Issued:  623

Motor Vehicle Records Issued:  452,966

Breakdown of South Dakota Drivers:

  • Total Drivers – 620,353
  • Total Motorcycle – 83,623
  • Total car/light truck (non-commercial) – 500,365
  • Total Class A combination vehicle over 26,000 GVWR (commercial)– 42,717
  • Total Class B single vehicle over 26,000 GVWR (commercial) – 12,174
  • Total Class C single vehicle under 26,000 GVWR (commercial) – 1,974
  • Total CDL drivers – 56,865
  • Total 14 year old drivers– 3,732
  • Total 15 year old drivers – 6,683
  • Total 16 year old drivers – 7,796
  • Total drivers under 21 – 54,216