Driver Handbook in South DakotaPage Overview
Continue reading this page to find links to the various driving manuals and handbooks available in South Dakota.
- Rules of the road.
- Driver’s license procedures.
- Basic driving techniques, such as starting, accelerating, and stopping.
- Highway driving and merging.
- Backing up safely.
- How to handle emergency situations (e.g., tire blowout, brake failure, headlight failure).
- How to avoid collisions.
The manual also includes additional topics that will help you pass your South Dakota DPS knowledge and skills exams.
If you’re applying for your South Dakota commercial driver's license (CDL), you’ll need to spend some time reading the Commercial Driver's License Manual to prepare for your SD DPS exams.
Studying the handbook will help you learn:
- How to apply for your CDL.
- What to expect when taking your written and driving exams.
- How to signal properly.
- How to transport cargo and passengers safely (including hazardous materials).
- How alcohol and drugs can affect your driving abilities.
Once you’ve read the SD CDL manual, test your knowledge with an online CDL practice test.
NOTE: If you’re getting an endorsement for hazardous materials, you’ll also need to read the Hazardous Materials Endorsement Renewal Manual.
If you’re applying for your South Dakota motorcycle license, you’ll need to read the South Dakota Motorcycle Manual. You’ll learn about topics including:
- How to obtain your motorcycle license.
- Vision, knowledge, and skills tests.
- Avoiding flying objects while riding.
- Dealing with mechanical issues.
- Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limits while riding.
- Riding with passengers.
- Avoiding crashes.
Before taking the South Dakota DPS written exam, you may find it helpful to take a SD motorcycle practice test.
You can refer to the South Dakota Vehicle Code for laws related to vehicle titling/registration, inspections, traffic laws, and more.
If you’ve recently received a traffic ticket, you may find the code helpful if you want to fight the charge. For information on how to respond to a citation, visit our Traffic Tickets in SD page.Other Topics in This Section