Driving Records in South Dakota

To order your SD driving record through the South Dakota DPS:

  • Mail in your completed request form to the DPS, plus payment for the record fee.
  • Visit your local DMV exam station with your completed form and payment.

For more details, continue reading below!

Driving Records in South Dakota

A South Dakota motor vehicle record (MVR) – commonly known as a driving record – chronicles your driving history and reports on everything from traffic violations to driver license suspensions. You may obtain your driving record from the South Dakota Department of Public Safety (DPS).

Below you'll find helpful information about driving records in South Dakota, including how a driving record can affect employment or how much you pay for car insurance in SD.

Information on Your SD Driving Record

South Dakota driving records provide details about your driving history, such as:

  • Traffic accidents, violations or convictions.
  • Driver license suspensions, revocations and cancellations.
  • Points on your SD driver's license.
  • Restrictions, if applicable (i.e., if you require glasses for driving).

Your SD driving record reflects every traffic occurrence that takes place in or outside of the state within the past 3 years. If, for example, you get ticketed for speeding in Wyoming, your violation will appear on your driving record in South Dakota.

Who Sees Your SD Driving Record

Under the statutes of the Driver Privacy Protection Act (DPPA), your South Dakota driving record can be accessed by:

  • Anyone with written permission from you.
  • Auto insurance companies.
  • Potential employers conducting background checks or employment screenings.
  • Civil, criminal and administrative courts.
  • Those serving notice to owners of towed or impounded vehicles.

Most employers now include driving records as part of the pre-employment screening process, especially for commercial driver applicants.

Ordering Your SD Driving Record

You may order a copy of your own certified SD driver record:

  • In person.
  • By mail.

You may also obtain an uncertified SD driving record online from the third-party providers listed at the top of this page.

NOTE: If you have any specific questions about your driving record, you may contact the SD DMV at (605) 773-6883 or (605) 773-6883.

By Mail

To obtain your driving record by mail, you must include:

Mail the completed form and payment to:

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

In Person

If you would like to apply for your SD driving record in person, you must apply at any of the following South Dakota DMV exam stations:

  • Aberdeen Exam Station: 2729 W. Highway 12.
  • Brookings Exam Station: 1012 22nd Avenue South.
  • Mitchell Exam Station: 1315 N. Main St., Suite 100.
  • Rapid City Exam Station: 1301 E. Catron Blvd.
  • Watertown Exam Station: 2001 9th Ave. SW, Suite 100.
  • Yankton Exam Station: 3113 Spruce St., Suite 109.

When you make your request, you must provide:

Order a SD Commercial Driving Record

You may order a South Dakota commercial motor vehicle record by mail or in person.

To order a commercial driving record in South Dakota by mail, you must:

You may also order in person at any of the South Dakota exam locations listed in the “Order Your Own SD Driving Record" section above.

Employer, Insurance & Government Requests

If you're an insurance company, employer, or government agency requesting the driving record of another individual, you may apply by mail or in person.

To order a South Dakota driving record by mail, you must:

Your business or organization may also order in person at any of the South Dakota exam stations listed in the section above titled “Order Your Own SD Driving Record." You cannot order more than 5 records.

Correcting Information on SD Driving Records

If you believe the information on your driving record is incorrect, call the South Dakota Department of Public Safety (DPS) at (605) 773-6883.

A South Dakota DPS phone agent will immediately check your driver record. Be sure to have your SD driver's license number ready before calling.

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