Driver Licensing

Revoked or Suspended License Information

Revocation
The loss of a driver license and/or privilege to drive or apply for a license. The license must be surrendered to the Department or the courts before an eligibility date can be determined. Following revocation, all applicable tests will be required in addition to the application fee and a reinstatement fee.

Suspension
The loss of a driver license and/or privilege to drive or apply for a license. The license must be surrendered to the Department or the courts before an eligibility date can be determined. Following suspension, no testing will be required unless the license has expired. Application and reinstatement fees will be required.

Reinstatement Fee
A person whose license has been revoked/suspended is required by law to pay a license reinstatement fee ranging from $50- $200 in addition to the application fee when they are eligible to apply for a license. Vision and knowledge tests will be required following a revocation and, in certain instances, the driving test will also be required.

Restricted Driver License
Under certain circumstances, a driver whose license is under suspension or revocation may be issued a restricted driver license enabling them to drive under certain restrictions imposed by the Department. These restrictions will be noted on the driver license.

Restricted Minor's Permit
If the Department receives record of a conviction for a traffic violation or a violation of the restricted permit for a minor under 16 years of age, the driving privileges shall be SUSPENDED for a period of 30 days or as otherwise required by law. A second conviction shall result in REVOCATION of the driving privilege until the permit holder's 16th birthday, or for 90 days, whichever is longer. Receipt of a conviction for a Class 1 misdemeanor or felony will result in a suspension of the license until their 16th birthday or as required by law. If the department receives a conviction for a violation of the restrictions of the license for a minor 16 or 17 years of age, the driving privileges shall be suspended for 30 days for each conviction. The reinstatement and application fees will be required following revocation of the restricted permit. Any applicable tests will also be required.

Vehicle Registration & Titles
All motor vehicles, motorcycles, and trailers owned by South Dakota residents and operated on public highways must be registered with the County Treasurer of the applicants' residence. You have 90 days to register a vehicle brought in from another state. Registration renewals are determined on a staggered registration renewal system based on the first letter in your last name. See chart below:

  • January A, B
  • February C, D, E
  • March F, G, J
  • May H, I, O
  • June K, L
  • July M, N
  • August P, Q, R
  • September S
  • November T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z

A Certificate of Title is required to sell or transfer any vehicle. The title should be kept in a safe place, not in the vehicle. The registration certificate must be carried in the vehicle at all times.

Financial Responsibility
Any operator who has had their driver license revoked or suspended following a JUDGMENT, a conviction for NO INSURANCE, VEHICULAR HOMICIDE, DWI, or two convictions of RECKLESS DRIVING (within a one year period) must establish proof of financial responsibility for the future before he may drive or re-register any vehicle in this state. Most motorists provide proof of financial responsibility for the future by obtaining an SR22 insurance filing from their auto insurance company.

Are you Insured?
South Dakota state law SDCL 32-35-113 requires that the owner of any motor vehicle required to be registered shall at all times maintain in force one of the following forms of financial responsibility:

  1. Owners policy of liability insurance.
  2. The bond of a surety company.
  3. Certificate of Deposit or securities in the amount of $50,000 deposited with the State Treasurer.
  4. Certificate of Self-Insurance (minimum 26 vehicles)

Written evidence of your financial responsibility must be carried in the vehicle covered and presented to any law enforcement officer upon request.

Acceptable written evidence is an insurance policy or identification card identifying the name of the company, policy number, effective date of coverage and the date of expiration, or Certificate of Deposit issued by the State Treasurer or Certificate of Self-Insurance.

Penalty - A conviction for failure to maintain proof of financial responsibility is a Class 2 Misdemeanor (30 days imprisonment in a county jail, or $100 fine or both), driver license suspension for a period of not less than 30 days or more than one year, and filing proof of insurance (SR-22) with the state of South Dakota. for 3 years from date of conviction. (Failure to file proof will result in suspension of vehicle registration, license plates, and driver license.)

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