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.

See below for instructions to renew online.

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.


If you are unable to renew online or by mail,
you must schedule an appointment
to visit a South Dakota Driver Exam station
We cannot take walk-in customers at this time. 

To schedule an appointment, 
please click here.

You may also schedule an appointment using Email or call (605) 773-6883.
In your message, please provide:
**  Your full name  **
**  Your driver license number or date of birth  **
**  The driver exam station location where you want make an appointment  **
** The type of appointment you are requesting: Renewal/Duplicate/Drive Test/Knowledge Test/Other **
** Your cell phone number -- an examiner will need to call you
when you're waiting outside the exam station for your appointment **

Anyone who is ill or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
 is asked to stay home until they are well. 

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

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 work through the backlog
created by closures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Renew Your Driver’s License Online

Avoid waiting in line. You may be able to renew your South Dakota driver’s license online once every ten years with our easy online renewal system. 

Have you submitted your renewal in the past few weeks?  To check the status of your online or by-mail renewal,
email us or call (605) 773-6883.


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’ll need to provide your driver’s license/ID card number, date of birth and the last four digits of your Social Security number.
  • You’ll need to upload, email, fax (605-773-3018), or 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/FPO address (if stationed overseas).
  • 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 online renewal.
  • We accept Visa or MasterCard for payment.


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.
  • You have updated your status with USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.)

You can schedule an appointment or visit any Driver License Exam Location.

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

If you’re ready to begin, click below to start your renewal or request a duplicate. Once finished, your license will be mailed in 3-4 weeks.  If you are mailing proof of address or vision statement documents, it may take longer.

Renew OR REPLACE Online


All information in your online transaction will be secure. A payment processing fee of $2.00 will be charged in addition to the renewal fee.  If you’re having difficulties using this site, email us or call (605) 773-6883.


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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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