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If your driver license has been expired for more than 30 days,
you must schedule an appointment to visit a driver exam station, as 
you will be required to take and pass the written knowledge test.
If you have a motorcycle endorsement (Class 2 license), 
you will have to take the operator's written knowledge test
and the motorcycle written knowledge test.

Make Appointment to
Visit a South Dakota Driver Exam Station

Visit our CDL page for specific information about Commercial Driver Licenses (CDLs).


At this time, we strongly encourage persons eligible to renew or request
a replacement driver license/ID card online or by mail to do so.

Anyone who did not renew using the online or mail-in method 5 years ago
(or for your last renewal) is eligible to renew online or by mail.

A replacement or duplicate license or ID card may be requested
online or by mail once every 10 years.


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


YOU MUST SCHEDULE AN Appointment to visit

a South Dakota Driver Exam station in person

We cannot take walk-in customers at this time. 

To schedule an appointment, 
please click here.

You may also schedule an appointment using 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  **
** Your cell phone number -- an examiner will need to call you
when you're waiting outside the exam station for your 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 all other driver licensing questions or issues, 
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).

We thank you for your patience as we endeavor to work through 
the backlog created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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


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