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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 the following categories:

    • Standard South Dakota License Plates
    • Physically Disabled Parking Permits and License Plates
    • Commercial License Plates
    • Dealer License Plates
    • Exempt Entities License Plates
    • Historic Plates
    • Military License Plates
    • Motorcycle License Plates
    • Organization/First Responder Decals
    • Personalized License Plates
    • Special License Plates
    • Prorate License Plates

    Standard South Dakota License Plates

    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 registered your vehicle.

    The cost will vary depending on the weight and age of your vehicle.

    Personalized License Plates

    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 2 and 7 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.

    Physically Disabled Parking Permits and License Plates

    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 the 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 are fee. There may be a mailing fee if you apply by mail.

    Historical (Antique) Plates

    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.

    Surrendering Your Plates

    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.

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