Currently, all driver exam stations
are offering service
by scheduled appointment onl

We cannot take walk-in customers at this time. 

To schedule an appointment, 
please click here.

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

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


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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).

Thank you for your patience as we work through the backlog
created by closures during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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 (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 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 (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 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 (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 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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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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