Appointment Information

Did You Know?

   If you did not renew using our online or mail-in method 5 years ago
(for your last renewal), you may be 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.

    Expired More Than 30 Days?

If your driver license has been expired for more than 30 days,
you are required to visit an exam station in-person and pass a knowledge test.
If you have a motorcycle endorsement (Class 2 license), 
you will have to take the operator's knowledge test and the motorcycle knowledge test.

If you are required to test to renew your driver license, you must schedule an appointment


If you prefer to renew your driver license in-person, we assure you
walk-in customers are welcome, but why sit in the waiting room?!

Use our scheduling tool to make an appointment!

You can also print and complete your application before arriving at the exam station.

Renewal Appointments

You may visit an exam station in-person to renew your driver license or ID card.  But why sit in the waiting room when you can schedule your visit!  Click here to use our online scheduling tool to make an appointment.  

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.


Testing Appointments

You'll need to schedule an appointment that requires a knowledge or drive test.  Click here to use our online scheduling tool to make an appointment. 

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, we recommend you schedule an appointment to upgrade your instruction permit.  Find out more about permit upgrades.  

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

Are you a CDL driver? View commercial driver licensing information


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