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South Dakota driver licenses
and ID cards that expired on or after
March 13, 2020 are automatically
extended to expire on December 30, 2020.

All CDLs and commercial learner's permits
must be renewed by 12/31/2020
(the expiration of the FMCSA waiver).
The new waiver requires CDL medical certificates that expired prior to June 1, 2020
to be renewed by October 31, 2020.
CDL medical certificates expiring
on or after June 1, 2020 have until
December 31, 2020 to renew/submit
a new certificate.

           Renew Online        Renew by Mail           

Make Appointment to
Visit a South Dakota Driver Exam Station


Thank you for your patience
as we work through the backlog created
during closures for the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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 using those methods.

Appointments must be made to visit a South Dakota Driver Exam station in person. We cannot take walk-in customers at this time. 

Appointments are available to anyone unable to renew their license/ID card or request a duplicate online or by mail and for the following situations:

  • persons whose license or ID card expired BEFORE March 13, 2020
  • persons not eligible to renew online or by mail
  • anyone needing to test in-person
  • anyone whose license/ID card has been lost or stolen
  • first time applicants in South Dakota
  • those transferring to South Dakota from another state
  • student drivers or teens who have completed Drivers Education 
  • those experiencing other urgent circumstances

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.


If your license or ID CARD expired ON OR AFTER March 13, 2020
(or expires in the future), 

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


Our driver exam stations are offering services
by scheduled appointment only


If you are unable to renew online or by mail
Schedule an appointment online

You may also schedule an appointment 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.  For futher information, click here.   
  • The FMCSA has granted a waiver 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.

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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