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    Driving Record Points & Penalties in South Dakota

    When you commit traffic offenses and receive tickets, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety (DPS) will add points to your driving record. Too many driving record points will likely lead to a driver's license suspension or revocation.

    Generally, more serious traffic violations carry a higher number of points and may result in an immediate driver's license revocation. Alternatively, a handful of minor traffic offenses over a certain period of time can add up to trigger a SD driver's license suspension.

    On this page you'll find a general overview of the South Dakota driving record point system and some common violations.

    South Dakota's Point System

    Your South Dakota driver's license will be suspended if you total 15 points on your driving record within a period of 12 months, or 22 points within a period of 24 months.

    Points for Offenses

    So, how many points are assessed for various traffic violations? Here's the list:

    • Driving while intoxicated―10 points.
    • Reckless driving―8 points.
    • Attempting to elude/eluding authorities―6 points.
    • Drag racing―6 points.
    • Improper passing―4 points.
    • Failing to yield right of way―4 points.
    • Driving on the wrong side of road―4 points.
    • Stop sign or light violation―3 points.
    • Other moving violation―2 points.

    If you have questions about a violation you've committed and the points associated with it, please contact the Department of Public Safety (DPS)office

    Other Information

    Driving while intoxicated offenses carry an automatic SD driver's license revocation.

    If you're out of state, and convicted of a traffic offense that carries points with it in South Dakota, it will be tallied on your South Dakota driving record.

    If you're involved in an incident in which multiple offenses apply, the offense with the highest point value will be marked on your SD driver's license.

    Some drivers whose licenses have been suspended might be given a restricted license, which allows them to drive under a limited set of circumstances.

    SD Car Insurance Consequences

    Auto insurance companies keep a close watch on traffic violations. Your insurance premiums might go up, or you might be labeled a "high-risk" customer if you rack up enough violations. Even worse, your insurance company might cancel your policy, leaving you to search for insurance with the "high-risk" driver tag, meaning you'll have to pay much higher premiums.

    If you've committed a traffic violation, you should consider contacting your car insurance provider for options you may have for lowering your rates or earning a safe driver discount. Some car insurance providers may allow you to complete a defensive driving/traffic school driver improvement course to lower your rates and brush up on your safe driving skills and knowledge of South Dakota traffic laws and violations. The courses are designed to give you the skills that will hopefully reduce your chances of committing traffic violations in the future.

    Check Your SD Driver's License Status

    Whenever you need or want to check the status of your driver’s license, you can order a South Dakota driving record report. This record will show if your driver’s license is currently valid. Should your SD driver's license be revoked or suspended, the report will indicate that according to what’s on record with the Department of Public Safety. This report will also show points accumulated from committing traffic offenses and, in some cases, information on any accidents you have had.

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