Driver License Appointment Information

You must schedule an appointment to visit a
South Dakota Driver Exam station

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.


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        Renew by Mail         

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.

For 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 continue to work the the backlog
created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Renewal Appointments

To renew your driver’s license in person, you must schedule an appointment (see methods above).  

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

Use the methods above to schedule an appointment that requires a driving test.

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.


Permit Upgrade Appointments

If you have passed an approved driver education course, you must schedule an appointment to upgrade your instruction permit.  Find out more about permit upgrades or use the methods above to 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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