Traffic Tickets in South Dakota
Continue reading this page to learn how to respond to your South Dakota traffic ticket.
In South Dakota, traffic ticket fines vary depending on your violation. Your traffic ticket should show the full amount. If you do not see your fines on either your ticket or the South Dakota Fine and Bond Schedule, you'll likely need to appear in court.
SD Driving Record Points
The SD Department of Public Safety (DPS) will add points to your driving record after you are convicted of a traffic violation. Your South Dakota driver's license will be suspended if you accumulate:
- 15 points within 12 months.
- 22 points within 24 months.
See our DMV Point System page for more information.
NOTE: If you receive a traffic conviction while you have a restricted driver's permit, your driving privileges will be suspended for 30 days.
Depending on the court handling your traffic ticket, you may be able to pay your fine:
- By mail.
- In person.
NOTE: Be sure to pay your traffic ticket by the due date to avoid additional fines and penalties.
NOTE: Failing to respond to your traffic ticket or appear in court by the deadline can result in a “failure to appear" charge and a warrant for your arrest.
To fight your SD traffic ticket, you must appear in court to submit a “not guilty plea" and request a trial. You may want to consider hiring a SD traffic ticket attorney.
You may need to provide some personal information, including your:
- Full name.
- Date of birth.
- South Dakota driver's license number.
- License plate number.
If you have a SD commercial driver's license (CDL), you must notify your employer within 30 days of a traffic conviction. Remember, traffic rules may be more strict for you as a commercial driver. In some cases, you could lose your CDL for 1 year, including if you are convicted of:
- Driving a commercial vehicle with a BAC of 0.04%.
- Driving a commercial vehicle while under the effects of a controlled substance
- Operating a commercial vehicle with a suspended, cancelled or revoked CDL.
- Operating a CMV when you have been disqualified.
- Not remaining at the scene of an accident.
- Violating state implied consent laws.
- Using a CMV negligently and causing a fatality.
- The commission of a felony offense including making, distributing or dispensing a controlled substance, while operating a CMV.
You can read our CDL Suspensions in South Dakota page for more information.
Go to our Traffic Ticket FAQ page for more information about the following topics: