At this time, we strongly encourage
persons eligible to request
a replacement driver license/ID card online
or by mail to do so.

Anyone who has not used the online or mail-in method
to request a duplicate or replacement in the past 5 years 
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.

REQUEST DUPLICATE ONLINE OR BY MAIL

This will help us serve the customers who urgently need to visit our exam stations.

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YOU MUST SCHEDULE AN Appointment to visit

a South Dakota Driver Exam station in person

We cannot take walk-in customers at this time. 


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.

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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 endeavor to work through 
the backlog created by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Replacement or Duplicate Licenses

If you’ve lost your license, you can apply for a replacement by mail or online if you haven’t requested one online or by mail in the last 10 years.

To check the status of your replacement request, email us or call (605) 773-6883.
 

Apply for a Duplicate Online

Here’s what you need to apply online:

  • You’ll need to upload or mail two documents to prove your residential/physical address (cannot be handwritten documents).  Documents must show your name and 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 your name has changed, you’ll need to apply in person at a driver licensing location and provide a legal document proving the name change.
  • We accept Visa or MasterCard for payment.

Once finished, your license will be mailed in 3-4 weeks. If you’re mailing proof of address documents, it may take longer. All information in your online transaction will be secure. A $2.00 payment processing fee will be charged in addition to the renewal fee. If you’re having difficulties using this site, email us or call (605) 773-6883.

Apply Online

 

Apply for a Duplicate by Mail

Here’s what you’ll need to apply by mail:

  • A completed 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. Applicants under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign.
  • Two documents to prove your residential/physical address (cannot be handwritten documents).  Documents must show your name and 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 address (if stationed overseas).
  • If your name has changed, you’ll need to apply in person at a Driver Licensing location.
  • Include a duplication fee of $15. 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

 

Replacement/Duplicate Permits for Minors

For a replacement/duplicate of a minor’s restricted permit, you’ll need to provide your driver license/ID card number, date of birth and the last four digits of your Social Security number. You’ll also 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 be less than one year old to prove your residential/physical address. If the applicant is under age 18, a parent or guardian may provide address documents and must complete the parental consent form.

If your license does not have a gold star, please find a list of required documents you’ll need to get a duplicate/replacement license or ID card.

 

South Dakota Driver's 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.

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