Motorcycle Registration in South Dakota
All new or used motorcycles, motorbikes, mopeds (51cc or larger), motorized bicycles, motor-operated tricycles, and vehicles that have a platform for the driver to stand on, need to be registered within 30 days of purchase.
If you've just moved here from out of state, you have 90 days to register your cycle.
How to Register
Visit your county treasurer's office with:
- A completed Application for Motor Vehicle Title & Registration (Form MV-608).
- A completed Power of Attorney (Form MV-008) (only if someone other than the vehicle owner is to sign the registration)
- A completed bill of sale, purchase order, or sales contract (for out-of-state vehicle purchases only)
- Proper identification
- Payment for license fees
Once you've properly registered your cycle and paid the fees, you'll be given the registration paper. You'll need to have this with you whenever you ride your cycle.
After You Register
You'll need to renew your registration every year on a schedule determined by the vehicle owner's first letter of their last name.
Of course, you'll also have to get a title for your motorcycle, and pay fees for that, too. Again, this will occur at the county treasurer's office. We talk about the titling process in our Title Transfers section.
For more information on the registration process, check out the state's registration home page.
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