Veterans & Active Duty

We appreciate and respect our veterans and active members of the armed services. Several special services and designations are available for vets and service members through the South Dakota Driver Licensing Program.



Veteran License Designation

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 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)
  • NGB Form 22

If you’re unable to obtain any of these required documents contact your local county or tribal veteran service officer for assistance.


Active Duty

License Extensions

South Dakota extends the term of driver licenses for members of the Armed Forces and their dependents.  The license remains valid and in full force as long as the individual’s service continues and they (or their dependents) remain absent from South Dakota.  The license is valid for up to 90 days following their return to the state or honorable separation.  Read more about this law.


Proof of Residence Documents

When renewing or requesting a duplicate license, 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, showing their name, proving their out-of-state residential address. These documents must be less than one year old.


Military Waiver for Commercial Driver’s License

If you have recent experience driving large trucks in the military, you may be eligible to obtain a CDL without a driving skills test by completing a military waiver.


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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.

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