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Drivers with licenses expired more than 30 days are required to
visit an exam station in-person and pass the knowledge test.
Those with a motorcycle endorsement (Class 2 license) expired more than 30 days 
have to take the operator's knowledge test and the motorcycle knowledge test. 

If you need to take the knowledge test, please click here to schedule an appointment 
to visit a South Dakota Driver Exam Station.

Visit our CDL page for specific information about renewing or replacing your Commercial Driver License (CDL).


If you did not renew using the online or mail-in method 5 years ago
(for your last renewal), you may be 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.



Walk-in customers are welcome,
but why sit in the waiting room?!

Use our scheduling tool to make an appointment!  

Did you know you can complete your application before arriving at the exam station? 
 Click here for a printable version of our renewal application.

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  • People whose driver’s license or driving privileges are currently under suspension or have been revoked in South Dakota or another state.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.

View more driver licensing information

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