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Governor's Executive Order suspends 
implementation of new teen driving laws
that were to take effect July 1, 2020.

For more information, see our press release.

Read executive order 2020-28

All South Dakota driver licenses (including CDLs)
and ID cards that expired on or after
March 13, 2020 have automatically
been extended to expire on March 30, 2021.

While the physical card will show it is past its expiration date, it will still be legally valid.

click here for renewal options

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We'd like to thank you for your patience as we work through the backlog created during our closures for the COVID-19 pandemic. 

At this time, we are scheduling appointments for:

  • persons whose license or ID card expired BEFORE March 13, 2020
  • anyone needing to take a test in person
  • anyone whose license/ID has been lost or stolen
  • first time applicants in South Dakota
  • those transfering to South Dakota from another state
  • student drivers or teens who have completed Drivers Education 
  • those experiencing other urgent circumstances


If your license or ID CARD expired ON OR AFTER March 13, 2020
(or expires in the future), 
please wait to schedule an appointment until after August 1, 2020.

This will help us serve the customers who urgently need to visit our exam stations.

Click here to see if you are eligible to renew online or by mail


Currently, Our driver exam stations are offering service
by scheduled appointment only: 

Schedule an appointment online

You may also schedule by Email.
In your message, please provide:
**  Your full name  **
**  Your driver license number or date of birth  **
**  The driver exam station location where you want make an appointment  **

Anyone who is ill or experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms is asked to stay home until they are well. 

You can complete your application before arriving at the exam station.


For Commercial Driver Licenses (CDL):

  • The TSA is granting a temporary 180-day exemption from the requirements in 49 CFR part 1572 regarding expiration of TSA security threat assessments (STAs) for Hazardous Material Endorsement (HME) holders -- read further
  • The FMCSA has granted a waiver through September 30, 2020 from certain regulations applicable to interstate and intrastate commercial driver’s license (CDL), commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders, CDL medical certificate requirements, and other interstate drivers operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).  Read the full waiver here.
  • To schedule an appointment to take your CDL test, use our online scheduling tool or send an email.


For other driver licensing questions, 
send an email to the Driver Licensing Program staff
or call (605) 773-6883 (be prepared to leave a message,
as our customer call volume has been extremely high).

Again, we thank you for your patience.

Driver Licensing

Renew Online or Schedule a Driving Test

Getting a driver’s license is a rite of passage linked to freedom, fun and road trips for years to come. South Dakotans at least 14 years of age can apply for a driver’s license. If you already have a valid South Dakota license and want to renew, replace or upgrade, you can save time and apply online.

Are You Eligible to Renew Your South Dakota Driver's License?

You are just a few clicks away from knowing whether or not you are eligible to renew your South Dakota driver's license. 

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Is Your South Dakota Driver's License Valid?

You don't have to call us to verify the status of your South Dakota driver's license.  You can check online! 

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Customer Wait Times at Our Aberdeen,
Rapid City, and Sioux Falls Exam Stations

If you need to visit one of the exam stations listed above, you can check out the wait time before you go!

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South Dakota Driver Licensing

Renew Your License Online, Not in Line

Time to renew? Don't spend time in line - renew your license online or by mail. You can also schedule an appointment for a faster trip to your local driver exam station. Review a list of required documents to make sure you have the identification you need. 

Are you a CDL driver?  View commercial driver licensing information

Am I eligible to renew?

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