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Required Driver’s Licensing & ID CARD Documents

To get or renew your license as quickly as possible, make sure you have the correct documents. You may also be able to apply for a renewal or duplicate license online to save time.

 

New Driver’s License or Renewal

For a driver’s license renewal, you may be able to apply online or schedule an appointment at certain driver licensing locations. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents can renew online. The documents you’ll need are:

  • A current South Dakota federally compliant driver’s license/ID card with a gold star in the upper right corner.
  • If your driver's license or ID card does not have a gold star in the upper right corner, you will need to bring your social security card, W-2, 1099, or a paystub showing your full social security number.  We can only accept original documents.  No photocopies!
  • Two documents to prove your residential/physical address.  Documents must show your name and be less than one year old. This could include a utility bill, paystub, rent receipt, phone bill, bank statement, mortgage document, homeowner’s policy or tax document.
  • If your current name is different than the name on your identity document, you will need to provide proof of the name change with a marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order.  We can only accept original documents.  No photocopies!
  • New applicants, non-U.S. citizens, and transfers from other states must provide proof of lawful status in the U.S. by providing documentation such as a certified U.S. birth certificate (state certified only -- photocopies and hospital-issued certificates will not be accepted), a valid, non-expired U.S. passport/passport card, certificate of citizenship/naturalization, permanent resident card, employment authorization card or foreign passport with U.S visa/I-94.  If you were born in a U.S. territory, you’ll need to provide a valid, unexpired U.S. passport, passport card or Consular Report of Birth Abroad instead of a birth certificate.

 

Duplicate/Replacement Drivers License

For a duplicate/replacement license, you may be able to apply online or schedule an appointment at a driver licensing location. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents can apply online. The documents you’ll need are:

  • A completed application form
  • Two documents in your name to prove your residential/physical address.  Documents must show your name and be less than one year old. This could include a utility bill, paystub, rent receipt, phone bill, bank statement, mortgage document, homeowner’s policy or tax document.
  • If your name has changed, you’ll need to provide proof of the name change with a marriage certificate, divorce decree or court order (applicants with name changes must apply at a Driver Licensing location).  We can only accept original documents.  No photocopies!

 

Commercial Driver’s License

Applicants must apply for a CDL at a state driver exam station. Required documents include:

  • Completed license application form
  • Other required documents and a completed medical certificate form (if applicable)
  • Two documents in your name to prove your residential/physical address.  Documents must show your name and be less than one year old.  This could include a utility bill, paystub, rent receipt, phone bill, bank statement, mortgage document, homeowner’s policy or tax document.
  • $33 application fee plus $15 for each endorsement knowledge test

Note that CDL driving tests must be administered at a third party testing site and must be scheduled at least two business days in advance. You must drive on a commercial learner’s permit for 14 days prior to taking a drive test. Third party testers charge $90 plus tax.

 

Restricted Minor’s Permit Upgrade to Operator’s License

Permit upgrades can be completed by mail or at a driver licensing location with these required documents:

  • 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.
  • Copy of the permit or federally compliant ID card. If your permit 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, a valid, non-expired U.S. passport/passport card or Social Security card.
  • If you’re not a U.S. citizen, you must apply in person at a state driver exam station and provide a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration document proving your lawful status in the U.S.
  • Two documents in your name to prove your residential/physical address (no more than one year old). If you are under the age of 18, you will need to have a consent for use of South Dakota address form when providing two documents in your parent's name.  This could include a utility bill, paystub, rent receipt, phone bill, bank statement, mortgage document, homeowner’s policy or tax document.

 

Military Personnel

Military personnel and their dependents stationed overseas may use two address documents proving their APO/FPO address. Military personnel and their dependents stationed in another state may provide two address documents proving their out-of-state residential address.

 

Veterans

Veterans who have been honorably discharged from the military have the option of adding the word "Veteran" to the front of their South Dakota Driver’s License or Identification Card. In addition to the other required documents, veterans need to present one of the following:

  • DD-214 form to show honorable discharge status from active duty
  • Certificate signed by a county or tribal veteran's service officer verifying their status
  • DD Form 2 (Retired)
  • DD Form 2A (Reserve Retired)

 

Full-Time Travelers

If you are a South Dakota resident who travels full time, you can renew your license or apply for a duplicate license online or by mail.

In addition to the standard renewal documents listed above, you’ll also need to provide:

  • A completed Residency Affidavit
  • A receipt from a South Dakota hotel/motel, campground or RV park to prove one night of stay within the last year. The receipt must include your name and South Dakota address.
  • One document, no more than one year old, proving your personal mailbox (PMB) service address. This document could include a receipt from the PMB business or a piece of mail with your PMB address on it.  Virtual addresses or virtual postal addresses will not be accepted.

If you have friends or family in South Dakota and plan to use their address, you must complete the Consent for Use of Address form.

First, check to see if you are eligible to renew your South Dakota driver's license.

 

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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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