License Plates & Placards in South Dakota
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While traveling throughout beautiful South Dakota, you've probably noticed that there is an increased variety of license plates available.
The state actually breaks these license plates into 12 categories:
By clicking on a link, you will be able to see the types of plates available in that category, as well as the forms to fill out, and the cost for the plates. In addition, if only certain people are eligible to obtain the plates, there is an explanation of who is eligible.
As the name implies, these are the basic, common plates issued to drivers who don't request a special plate.
These plates are issued after you have completed an Application for Motor Vehicle Title and Registration (Form MV-608).
The cost will vary depending on the weight and age of your vehicle.
Also known as "vanity plates," these plates are issued after completing a South Dakota Personalized License Plate Application (Form MV-239). These plates carry an annual fee of $25.
You may order one of these plates as long as you're a South Dakota resident and own the vehicle.
This is your big chance to express yourself (using between two and seven letters). If you want to use a space or a star, you'll need to put that on the application.
Be sure to include a copy of your registration with the application.
If you need a disabled plate or permit, you'll have to complete an Application for Physically Disabled Parking Permit and License Plates (Form MV-044).
Your doctor must sign and complete the back of the application, indicating that you meet at least one of the six disability requirements. We discuss these requirements as well as other disability issues in our Drivers with Disabilities section.
Only the title owner may apply for a disability plate.
The plates cost $4 in order to cover the mailing fee. The placards don't have any such fees.
South Dakota refers to its antique plates as historical plates.
- Your vehicle is at least 30 years old.
- Your vehicle is not for regular use. It can only be used for parades, exhibitions, tours, and displays.
To apply, submit a completed Application for Special License Plates along with your $10 payment.
The state does not require South Dakota residents to return their license plates after relocating to another state, but does require it for certain other situations. Learn more on our SD License Plate Surrender page.
Other Topics in This Section
- Register Car
- Registration Renewal
- Registration & Insurance
- Replacing a Lost Registration
- RV & Motorhome Registration
- Custom Built Car Registration
- Boat Registration and Licenses
- Title Transfers
- Replacing a Lost Title
- Salvaged Vehicles
- Special Vehicles
- Drivers with Disabilities
- License Plates & Placards
- Smog & Emission Checks
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