South Dakota Point System

South Dakota uses a point system, which assigns certain point values to different driving offenses and traffic violations. Any driver who accrues 15 points in 12 consecutive months or 22 points in 24 consecutive months is subject to suspension.


South Dakota Point System

Conviction Points
Driving Under the Influence 10*
Reckless Driving 8
Eluding/Attempting to Elude 6
Drag Racing 6
Failure to Yield Right of Way 4
Improper Passing 4
Driving Wrong Side of Roadway 4
Stop Sign/Light Violation 3
Other Moving Violations 2


Upon a license holder’s request, a hearing is provided before suspension. Where multiple offenses arise out of a single incident, points will be assessed on the offense carrying the highest point value.

Points are assessed on out-of-state convictions just as if the violations were committed in South Dakota.

 *State law requires revocation of license for Driving While Under the Influence.

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