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DMV Appointments in South Dakota

Visiting the South Dakota Department of Public Safety (DPS) may not be a trip to Disney World, but the destinations have a huge thing in common: notoriously long lines. While leapfrogging the crowd is an expensive prospect at the theme park, the DPS offers a free and easy alternative: scheduling an appointment ahead of time. The practice can get you in and out of the government building so quickly, you may even have enough time to plan a trip to Florida.

Types of SD DPS Appointments

While many DPS offices in South Dakota offer most services on a first-come, first-serve basis, several of the centers allow you to schedule an appointment online. You can use the website portal to pre-plan the following transactions:

  • Behind-the-wheel driving tests, which can be scheduled in:
    • Aberdeen.
    • Brookings.
    • Elk Point.
    • Huron.
    • Madison.
    • Milbank.
    • Mitchell.
    • North Sioux City.
    • Parker.
    • Rapid City.
    • Sioux Falls.
    • Sisseton.
    • Vermillion.
    • Watertown.
    • Webster.
    • Yankton.
  • Driver's license renewal, which can be scheduled in:
    • Aberdeen.
    • Rapid City.
    • Sioux Falls.
    • Watertown.
  • Upgrading your instruction permit, also available at:
    • Rapid City.
    • Aberdeen.
    • Watertown.
    • Sioux Falls.

If you need to take care of other DPS business, you may be able to avoid the trip all together. Make sure to check out our guide to online services to see if you can complete your transaction without ever leaving home.

How to Schedule an Appointment in South Dakota

You can schedule your DPS appointment:

  • Online.
  • By calling (605) 773-6883 to make a reservation.

Otherwise, the Department of Public Safety operates on a first-come, first-serve basis.

What to Bring to the DPS

An appointment can help make your DPS visit faster, but there are other ways to make sure they're not frequent.

Compiling a checklist of everything you need for your appointment is a great way to ensure you have the most efficient time possible. To find what to bring, you may want to check out our guides to a number of DPS transactions, including:

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