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   If you did not renew using our online or mail-in method 5 years ago
(for your last renewal), you are 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 you are eligible, we strongly encourage
you to renew your driver license or ID card 
online or by mail.

However, 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. 
Click here for appointment information.


If you prefer to renew your driver license at a driver exam station in-person,
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.​​​​​​​

Renew Your Driver’s License by Mail

If you’d rather not renew online, you can also apply for your license renewal through the mail. Please allow several weeks for your new license to arrive.

If you've submitted a renewal by mail in the past few weeks, email us or call (605) 773-6883 to check the status of your renewal.

Required Documents:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • You must currently have an unexpired, federally compliant driver’s license/ID card with a gold star in the upper right corner.
  • You must complete a license application form (in English or in Spanish). Applications will not be accepted without a signature and date included on the bottom of the form.
  • You’ll need to mail two documents to prove your residential/physical address (cannot be handwritten documents). Documents must show your name and must be less than one year old. Active military personnel and their dependents may use two documents proving their out-of-state residential address or APO/EPO address (if stationed overseas).
  • Please provide proof of military status if applicable.
  • If you’re 65 or older, a vision statement less than one year old is also required.  Scores must be recorded on our vision statement form.
  • Drivers who wear bioptic lenses aren’t eligible for mail-in renewal.
  • Include the application fee of $28 for Class 1, 2 or 3; or $33 for Class A, B or C (hazmat endorsement cannot be renewed by mail). Make checks payable to “Department of Public Safety.”
  • Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for license return.
Please send completed application and documents to:
Driver Licensing Program
118 West Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501


You need to visit a Driver Licensing location if:

  • You have not applied in person in the last ten years.
  • You wish to change your name.
  • You wish to change your license class, CDL class or endorsements.
  • You are required to take a driving test.
  • You wear bioptic lenses.

To visit an exam station, please schedule an appointment.  

If you have been issued a driver license or ID card in another state, your South Dakota license or ID card is inactive and you are not eligible for renewal by mail.

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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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