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There's a lot of ground to cover when it comes to the subject of commercial driver licensing, but we've done our best to give you the highlights in our various commercial driving sections. In this section, we'll give you a few other bits of information you might find useful, as well as some helpful links if you're looking for additional information.
What if I'm new to the state?
If you've recently moved here and have a commercial driver's license (CDL) from your previous state, you'll have 30 days to get your South Dakota CDL.
What are the CDL classifications?
The state takes a look at different CDL classifications and the skill level required for each, as well as the various classifications for all South Dakota drivers on the South Dakota Driver Licensing Program website.
Where can I find more information on commercial driving laws?
As we've mentioned, there's a lot of information available about commercial driving. If you're interested in learning about the finer points, such as the specific laws, rules, and regulations surrounding it, take a look at the South Dakota Codified Laws.
Yes, it may be a little difficult to understand, but chances are that the information you're looking for can be found there. (You may also visit our Vehicle Code section if you need help.)
How much does it cost to renew a CDL?
The basic renewal fee is $25.
How do I get a hazardous materials endorsement?
You need to be at least 21 to apply for this endorsement.
But, basically, anyone applying for an endorsement must receive a security clearance from the Transportation Security Administration by having a background check completed. You'll also need to be fingerprinted.
To complete the background check, visit the Hazprints.com website, or call them at (877) 429-7746. There's a $89.25 fee for the service.
You'll need to schedule an appointment at one of the authorized fingerprinting locations. Bring your completed Hazardous Materials application with you, but don't sign it until it can be witnessed at the location.
Remember, before any of this can happen, you'll need to pass the written hazardous material endorsement exam, available at exam stations.
Plus, you'll also need to provide proof of citizenship (such as a United States birth certificate or passport) or immigration status. Check the hazmat licensing instructions for the complete list.
Also, anyone wishing to renew their endorsement must also receive a security clearance.
Other Helpful Links
Here's a collection of links to sites that CDL holders or applicants might find useful:
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration―direct link to information about longer-combination vehicles
- South Dakota Highway Patrol
- South Dakota Department of Public Safety
- South Dakota Division of Motor Vehicles
- South Dakota Trucking Information
- Transportation Security Administration
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