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    Renew Your Driver’s License in South Dakota

    Renewing your South Dakota driver’s license (also called an operator’s license) before it expires is necessary if you’d like to continue driving legally in the state.

    You must also carry adequate car insurance, such as liability insurance in South Dakota. Visit our Insurance Center to get a car insurance policy that meets SD requirements, and start paying a lower auto insurance rate.

    When to Renew Your SD Driver’s License

    The South Dakota Department of Public Safety Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will mail or e-mail you a renewal notice before your SD driver’s license expires. However, you should still be aware of when you need to renew.

    Your South Dakota driver’s license will expire every 5 years on your birthday. You can renew it up to 180 days before the expiration date and no more than 30 days after it expires.

    Your requirements may differ based on the status and validity of your license, outlined further below.

    Valid Driver Licenses

    Your SD driver’s license is valid for 5 years and expires on your birthday. However, if you’re turning 21 years old, your license will expire 30 days after your birthday.

    Even if your SD driver’s license is valid, it’s still a good idea to find out what’s on your driving record in South Dakota. Visit our page about South Dakota driving records for more information.

    Expired Driver’s License

    Do NOT drive on an expired South Dakota driver license.

    If your South Dakota driver license is expired for more than 30 days, the SD DMV may require you to take a knowledge test.

    If an officer issues you a traffic ticket while driving on an expired SD driver license, you should read about traffic tickets in South Dakota and South Dakota driving records.

    Suspended Driver’s License

    If you have a suspended driver’s license in South Dakota, the SD DMV requires you to surrender it before your reinstatement date can be established. You cannot renew your suspended SD driver’s license until it is reinstated.

    Your reinstatement fee in South Dakota will range from $50 to $200. For more information, visit our Suspended License in South Dakota page.

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    Lost or Stolen Driver’s License

    If you’ve lost your South Dakota driver’s license, you may still be able to renew it if you know your driver’s license number.

    Do not drive without a valid driver’s license. Read our page about replacing a lost license in South Dakota to find out how to apply for a duplicate SD driver’s license.

    Online Driver’s License Renewal

    To renew your South Dakota driver license online, you must have:

    • A federally compliant SD driver’s license.
    • A vision test report no more than 6 months old.
    • Proof of your South Dakota residency on file with the SD DMV (no more than 1 year old).

    If you meet the requirements above, you can renew your SD driver’s license online every 10 years.

    To renew online, visit the South Dakota DPS online renewal website. You’ll need to provide:

    • Your SD driver’s license number.
    • Your date of birth.
    • The last 4 digits of your Social Security number.
    • Payment for the $20 renewal fee.
      • Must be made by VISA or MasterCard credit/debit card.

    In-Person Driver’s License Renewal

    Before renewing your SD driver’s license in person, you can schedule an appointment at the following exam stations:

    • Aberdeen.
    • Rapid City.
    • Sioux Falls.
    • Watertown.

    Schedule your renewal appointment either online or by calling (800) 952-3696.

    To renew your South Dakota driver license in person, visit your local SD DMV office.

    If you already have a federally compliant SD driver’s license (showing a gold star in the upper right-hand corner), you will need:

    • Your SD driver’s license.
    • 2 documents to prove your SD residency.
    • A completed Vision Statement no more than 6 months old.
      • If your form is not current, you must take a vision test at the SD DMV.
    • Payment for the $20 renewal fee. See the “Fees to Renew Your SD Driver’s License” section below.

    If your SD driver’s license doesn’t have a gold star in the top right-hand corner, you will also need the following in addition to the above:

    • 1 document proving your identity, date of birth, and lawful U.S. presence, such as a:
      • Certified U.S. birth certificate (hospital-issued certifications are not accepted).
      • Valid U.S. passport.
      • Certificate of Naturalization.
    • 1 document proving your Social Security number, such as your:
      • Social Security card.
      • W-2 form.
      • SSA 1099 or Non-SSA 1099 forms.
    • 2 documents proving your SD residency (no more than 1 year old), such as a:
      • Utility bill.
      • Credit card statement.
      • Pay stub.

    If you can’t prove your SD address, find out if you are exempt by:

    Documents must be originals. Photocopies will not be accepted. For a complete list of accepted documents, visit the SD DPS website.

    Renewal for Non-U.S. Citizens

    If you are a non-citizen, you must also show valid U.S. citizenship and immigration documents, such as:

    • Valid permanent resident card.
    • Valid employment authorization document.
    • Foreign passport and U.S. visa with your I-94.

    If you have trouble obtaining the identification documents above, contact the South Dakota DMV to see if you can apply for an extension or temporary permit.

    Military Member Driver’s License Renewal

    If you have a federally compliant SD driver’s license (shows a gold star in the top right-hand corner), you can renew by mail if you are:

    • An active-duty military member stationed out of state.
    • A spouse or dependent of an active-duty military member currently out of state.
    • Serving in the Peace Corps.
      OR
    • Serving as an overseas missionary.

    To renew your SD driver’s license by mail, you must provide:

    • A completed South Dakota Driver License / I.D. Card Application.
    • A completed Vision Statement (no more than 6 months old).
    • 1 document proving your identity, date of birth, and lawful U.S. presence, such as a:
      • Certified U.S. birth certificate (hospital-issued certifications are not accepted).
      • Valid U.S. passport.
      • Certificate of Naturalization.
    • 1 document proving your Social Security number, such as your:
      • Social Security card.
      • W-2 form.
      • SSA 1099 or Non-SSA 1099 forms.
    • 2 documents proving your SD residency (no more than 1 year old), such as a:
      • Utility bill.
      • Credit card statement.
      • Pay stub.
    • Payment for the $20 renewal fee. See the “Fees to Renew Your SD Driver’s License” section below.

    NOTE: All documents must be certified photocopies. The South Dakota DMV provides a complete list of accepted documents.

    U.S. military and military dependents: You must provide a certified copy of your military ID. You may use an out-of-state address on your SD driver’s license by providing 2 documents to prove your out-of-state residency.

    Mail the above to:

    Driver Licensing Program
    118 W. Capitol Ave
    Pierre, SD 57501

    Out-of-State South Dakota Residents

    If you’re a South Dakota resident temporarily out of state, you can extend your regular SD driver’s license if you can’t renew it online or by mail.

    Contact the South Dakota DMV to see if you’re eligible for a temporary driver’s license extension.

    If you’re out of state due to military obligations or you’re serving in the Peace Corps or as an overseas missionary, see the “Military Member Driver’s License Renewal” section above.

    Fees to Renew Your SD Driver’s License

    It will cost you $20 to renew your South Dakota driver’s license for 5 years.

    Accepted Payment Methods

    At the SD DMV offices, you can pay by:

    • Cash.
    • Personal check payable to the “Department of Public Safety.”
    • Money order.

    NOTE: Credit and debit cards are NOT accepted.

    For South Dakota DMV online transactions, you can pay with:

    • VISA credit/debit card.
    • MasterCard credit/debit card.

    For mail-in transactions, payment must be made by check payable to the “Department of Public Safety.”

    Contact your South Dakota driver license DMV office to find out exactly which payment methods are acceptable when renewing your SD driver’s license.

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