Replacing a Lost License in South DakotaPage Overview
When you find yourself suddenly missing your driver's license, it can be a very stressful experience. Your driver’s license is one of your primary forms of identification, and it is necessary for legally driving, opening bank accounts, and more.
Thankfully, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety (DPS) makes the process of replacing a stolen or lost SD driver's license as straightforward as possible.
Read below to learn what every driver should know.
If you need to replace a lost, stolen, or damaged South Dakota driver's license, you must go in person to a SD DPS driver exam station to get a duplicate license. You will need:
- $10 fee.
- 1 document that proves your identity, date of birth, and lawful status. This document can be:
- A U.S. birth certificate (the original or a certified copy).
- An unexpired U.S. passport.
- 1 document to verify your Social Security number, such as:
- Your Social Security card.
- A W-2.
- 2 documents that confirm your South Dakota residency, such as:
- A utility bill for your SD address.
- A credit card statement showing your SD address.
NOTE: Minors can show proof of a parent's address.
The SD DPS website provides a complete list of approved documents that you can bring verify your identity and residency.
You can replace your driver’s license by mail IF you:
- Are temporarily outside of South Dakota. AND
- Have a federally compliant driver’s license.
NOTE: If you are on active duty in the military or a military dependent, you can replace any SD driver’s license or ID by mail.
How to Apply by Mail
To apply for a duplicate license by mail, you must send:
- A completed and signed South Dakota Driver License/I.D. Card Application.
- A copy of your federally compliant SD driver's license OR copies of 2 documents of identity, such as:
- Your valid U.S. passport.
- Your birth certificate (a certified copy or the original).
- Copies of 2 documents that show your South Dakota address, such as:
- A utility bill for your address.
- A credit card statement.
- Payment for the $10 fee.
- A self-addressed, stamped envelope.
The SD DPS website provides a complete list of approved documents to verify your identity and residency.
Mail all of your application materials to:
118 West Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
Reporting a lost, stolen, or damaged license helps to start a paper trail in the case that anyone tries to use your driver's license illicitly, such as trying to steal your identity or committing fraud.
If you are concerned about identity theft, contact the police department where the loss or theft occurred to file a police report.
For more information, see the website of the South Dakota Attorney General, which has helpful tips about identity theft, including both how to prevent it as well as what to do if you think you might be a victim of such a crime.Other Topics in This Section