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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.

RENEW ONLINE OR BY MAIL.

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

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.
 

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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.

You may also schedule an appointment using Email.
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  **
** Your cell phone number -- an examiner will need to call you
when you're waiting outside the exam station for your appointment **
**  The driver exam station location where you want make an appointment  **

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.


South Dakota Driver Licensing Information

Anyone who operates a motor vehicle or motor-driven cycle on public roadways in South Dakota is required to have a driver’s license. If you’re at least 14 years old and have the required documents, you can apply at a driver licensing location. Applicants under 18 years of age must also be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

If you live in South Dakota for more than 90 days, you are required to have a driver’s license. If you are a commercial driver’s license holder, you must apply for a South Dakota license within 30 days. Every licensee must have their South Dakota driver’s license in their possession at all times when operating a motor vehicle.

 

Who can’t get a South Dakota Driver’s License?

  • People under 14 years of age.
  • People whose driver’s license or driving privileges are currently under suspension or have been revoked in South Dakota or another state.
  • People who have accumulated child support arrearages of $1,000 or more. These people will be issued a one time six-month temporary license.
  • People who are in the U.S. illegally.

 

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

Are you a new driver?   Learn how to pass a driver's license test.

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