You may renew your driver license or ID card online once every ten years, provided you meet the following criteria:
To renew your driver license or ID card online click Online Renewal
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Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Aberdeen driver exam stations.
If you are a Driver Education student in the Sioux Falls area seeking a permit, you must schedule an appointment.
Click here to learn more about scheduling an appointment after completion of a Driver Education course.
Schedule a Driver License Renewal Appointment for Aberdeen, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, and Watertown exam stations:
Schedule a Drive Test Appointment:
Please arrive fifteen minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. If you are more than five minutes late, you will be asked to reschedule for a later date and time. For a motorcycle drive test, please wear appropriate clothing, shoes, and helmet. The pavement must be dry to conduct a motorcycle drive test. The Drive Test Examiner may cancel a road test when the weather conditions are considered unsafe at a particular road test site.
Please bring your federally compliant driver license/permit along with two proofs of your residential address (and your Driver’s Education Certificate, if applicable). Applicants under the age of 18 will need parental consent. If you have lost your federally compliant driver license or do not have a federally compliant driver license or ID card, please read about the documents needed to obtain a driver license.
If you need assistance or would like to cancel your appointment, please call the Customer Service Center at 1.800.952.3696 Monday-Friday 8 a.m. -5 p.m. Central Time.
Federal requirements have changed the documents required to obtain or renew your South Dakota driver license or identification card. We want to make the process as quick and easy as possible for you.
We understand the changes in requirements can be confusing at first glance. To view the list of documents that you will need to bring to the exam station to apply for or renew a South Dakota driver license or identification card, please click here.
Look over the material on the list, and if you have any questions at all, anything you don't understand, or any documents you aren't sure you can find, please contact the Driver Licensing Program. You may click here to email us (please include your first and last name) or call toll-free 1.800.952.3696 or directly at 605.773.6883.
If you think you will have difficulty obtaining any of the documents before your license expires, please contact us. We can arrange for an extension or a temporary permit while you gather the documents needed to obtain your federally compliant South Dakota driver license. If you find that you simply can't produce one of the required documents, hardship exceptions may be available. We can work with you in those situations. Again, please use the contact information for the Driver Licensing Program if you have any questions or concerns.
The need to show the additional documents is a one-time requirement. That means, once you have your federally compliant driver license or identification card in hand, you will only need that card and two documents showing your current address the next time you renew your driver license or identification card.
Our staff is committed to providing the best service possible, so please don't hesitate to contact us by telephone or email. We will help you in any way we can.