Driver License Appointment Information

Don't want to wait in line?  Renewal appointments are available at four locations and drive test appointments are required at 17 locations.  Schedule an appointment at one of our convenient Driver Licensing locations

Appointments must be scheduled two days in advance. Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment. If you’re more than five minutes late, you’ll be asked to reschedule for a later date and time.

If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, contact us or call the Customer Service Center at (605) 773-6883, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CST).

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Renewal Appointments

To renew your driver’s license, you can schedule an appointment and skip the wait in Aberdeen, Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Watertown.

Please bring your federally compliant driver's license along with two pieces of mail proving your residential address.  Documents must show your name and be less than one year old. If you’ve lost your federally compliant license, read about our required documents.

If you are a CDL holder with a medical certificate, you must bring your medical certificate in order to renew your CDL.

Non-U.S. Citizens must bring proof of legal status.

Permanent travelers with no permanent physical address must bring a receipt of proof of stay within South Dakota from within the past year and one document proving your personal mailbox (PMB) service address and box number.


Drive Test Appointments

Applicants must schedule a driving test in Aberdeen, Brookings, Elk Point, Huron, Madison, Milbank, Mitchell, North Sioux City, Parker, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Sisseton, Vermillion, Watertown, Webster and Yankton. Tests must be scheduled when driver licensing locations are open. 

Applicants under the age of 18 will need parental consent and a Driver’s Education Certificate if applicable. Read more about required documents for testing. Note that the examiner may cancel a road test if the examiner considers the weather or road conditions unsafe.

To schedule by phone, call our Customer Service Center at (605) 773-6883, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CST).


Permit Upgrade Appointments

If you have passed an approved driver education course, you can schedule an appointment to upgrade your instruction permit in Aberdeen, Sioux Falls, Rapid City or Watertown. Find out more about permit upgrades or schedule an appointment



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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 or by-mail renewal, email us or call (605) 773-6883.

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