Upgrading a Restricted Minor’s Permit to an Operator’s License by Mail

If you have a restricted minor’s permit, you can upgrade to an operator’s license online or by mail if you meet the following criteria:

  • Have a federally compliant driver’s license
  • You’re at least 16 years of age
  • You have no traffic convictions

 

Apply Online for a Restricted Minor’s Permit Upgrade to an Operator’s License

Here’s what you need to apply online:

  • Copy of a federally compliant driver’s license or ID card. If your license or ID card is lost, you must provide copies of two proof of identity documents (one with a date of birth) such as a U.S. certified birth certificate, valid U.S. passport/passport card, Permanent Resident card or Social Security card.
  • If you’re not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident, you must apply in person.
  • Two documents to prove your residential/physical address.  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/EPO address (if stationed overseas).
  • If the applicant is under age 18, a parent or guardian may provide address documents and must complete the parental consent form.
  • We accept Visa or MasterCard for payment.

Apply Online

 

Apply by Mail for a Restricted Minor’s Permit Upgrade to an Operator’s License

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

  • A completed license application form. Applications will not be accepted without a signature and date included on the bottom of the form. Applicants under 18 must have a notarized signature from a parent or guardian.
  • 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
  • If you’re not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident you must apply in person.
  • You'll need to upload or mail two documents to prove your residential/physical address showing your name and no more 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).
  • If the applicant is under age 18, a parent or guardian may provide address documents and must complete the parental consent form.
  • Include a fee of $28. Make checks payable to “Department of Public Safety.” If the applicant is 17 years old or older, the fee is prorated. Please contact us or call (605) 773-6883 to have the prorated fee calculated.
  • Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for license return.

 

Send these completed documents to:
Driver Licensing Program
118 West Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501

 

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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 the status of your online or by-mail renewal, email us or call (605) 773-6883.

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