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    Why Get an ID Card?

    Getting through life without a driver's license can be a little tricky. And, we don't just mean the not being allowed to drive part.

    There are many times when you're required to show photographic proof of things like your age, your signature, or your residency. Such as when you're writing a check, cashing a check, opening a new account, buying alcohol, or applying for a loan. And, if you don't have a driver's license, well, it can be a little difficult to do so.

    That's where having a state identification card can come in handy.

    Getting an ID Card

    Visit any exam station with the following:

    • Present 1 document proving your identity. This may include:
      • ―Certified U.S. birth certificate issued by state or county (hospital birth certificates not accepted).
      • ―Valid, unexpired passport.
      • ―Certificate of Citizenship.
      • ―Certificate of Naturalization.
      • ―Valid, unexpired permanent resident card.
      • ―Valid, unexpired employment authorization document.
      • ―Foreign passport with valid, unexpired U.S. Visa with I-94.
    • Provide 1 document to prove your Social Security number. Acceptable proof includes:
      • ―Social Security card.
      • ― W-2 Form.
      • ― SSA 1099 Form.
      • ― Non-SSA 1099 Form.
      • ―A pay stub with your name and Social Security number.
    • Show 2 documents that proves your current residential address. Acceptable documents include:
      • ―Credit card statement.
      • ―Rent receipt.
      • ―Utility bill.
      • ―Mortgage document.
      • ―Tax document.
      • ―Bank statement.
      • ―Phone bill.
      • ―Pay stub.
      • ―Transcript or report card from a recognized school.
      • ―Homeowners or renters insurance policy.

    Having a state ID card also allows you to participate in the organ donation program.

    Renewing an ID Card

    South Dakota issues ID cards valid for a period of 5 years, if you are 21 years old or older. If you are under 21 years old, your ID card will be good until 30 days after your 21st birthday.

    You must appear in person at your local Driver's License Exam Station in order to submit your South Dakota Driver License/I.D. Card Application (Form 05-12) and renew your ID card; the fee for renewal is $20. You'll need to follow the same identification requirements as described above.

    In some cases, you may be able to renew online or by mail, considering you have a federally compliant ID card (indicated by a star in the upper right corner). For more information, visit the SD DPS website.

    Replacing an ID Card

    In Person

    Visit any exam station with your proof of ID (see above), your South Dakota Driver License/I.D. Card Application (Form 05-12), and either cash or check to pay a $10 duplicate fee.

    By Mail

    If your ID is federally compliant (has a star on the upper right corner) and you are maintaing your permanent SD residence, you can get a duplicate by mail. Complete a South Dakota License/ID Card Application. Mail it along with a check payable to "Department of Public Safety" for $10. Include legible photocopies of 2 forms of identification and 2 forms of proof of residency, and a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

      • Driver Licensing Program
      • 118 W. Capitol Ave.
      • Pierre, South Dakota 57501

    If you are under 18 years old, your parent or guardian must sign page 2.

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