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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).

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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.

RENEW ONLINE OR BY MAIL.

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

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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.

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.

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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.


Renewal & Duplicate

Apply for a renewal or replacement license

Gone are the days of waiting in line at the driver exam station. Renew your South Dakota Driver’s License online or apply for a duplicate/replacement license without leaving home. All you need are a few minutes, some required documents and your Visa or MasterCard.

Licenses may be renewed 180 days prior to their expiration date unless the applicant is turning 21 years of age. Licenses expiring 30 days after licensee's 21st birthday may only be renewed within the 30 days immediately following the birth date.

If your license has been expired for more than 30 days, you will be required to apply at a driver exam station and complete the written knowledge test.

If you have questions or difficulties using this site, email us or call (605) 773-6883.

South Dakota Driver License

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. 

To check on the status of your online renewal, email us or call (605) 773-6883.

Are you a CDL driver?  View commercial driver licensing information



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