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    South Dakota's Point System

    Your driver's license will be suspended if you total 15 points on your license within a 12-month period, or 22 points within a 24-month period.

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

    Points for Offenses

    • Driving while intoxicated―10
    • Reckless driving―8
    • Eluding/attempting to elude authorities―6
    • Drag racing―6
    • Failure to yield right of way―4
    • Improper passing―4
    • Driving on the wrong side of roadway―4
    • Stop sign/light violation―3
    • Other moving violation―2

    Other Information

    Driving while intoxicated offenses carry an automatic 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 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.

    Insurance Consequences

    Also, 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.

    Check Your Driver's License Status

    Whenever you need or want to check the status of your driver’s license, you can order a driving record report. This record will spell out if your driver’s license is currently valid. Should your license have been revoked or suspended, the report will indicate that according to what’s on record at the DPS. This report will also show points against your license and, in some cases, information on any accidents you have had

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