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Who can get a South Dakota driver license?

 

Anyone who operates a motor vehicle or motor-driven cycle on public roadways in South Dakota is required to have a driver license. You are required to have a South Dakota driver license if you live here for more than 90 days. If you are a commercial driver license holder, you must apply for a South Dakota license within 30 days. South Dakota law (SDCL 32-12-39) states that every licensee shall have their Drivers License in their immediate possession at all times when operating a motor vehicle. The following people can drive on a valid license from their home state, so long as they are at least 16 years old.

Military - Members of the Armed Forces on active duty or members of foreign military on temporary duty with the Armed Forces, as well as their spouse and children.

Student - Students who are here to further their education and who are considered a non-resident for tuition purposes.

You may obtain a driver license if you:

·         Are at least 14 years of age,

·         Are able to submit proof of name, age, and address.

If you have never held a South Dakota or out-of-state driver license, your Social Security number will be requested, and you must establish your identify by presenting a certified birth certificate, or tribal identification card approved by the Department of Public Safety and one other primary or secondary document from the list below. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will be required to present a Naturalization and Immigration record authorizing you legal presence in the United States. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will be required to present a naturalization and immigration record, establishing your legal presence in the U.S. Our examiners have the right to question any documents and request additional information for verification of identity prior to license issuance.

·         Have parental/guardian consent if under age 18 for every application completed

·         Pass needed driver license tests

·         Turn in any drivers license or identification card

·         Are not currently suspended, revoked, or denied

·         Are not in this country illegally

·         Have not been found by a court to be mentally incompetent, alcoholic, or a habitual user of illegal drugs

·         Have no unpaid fines for moving traffic violation.

·         Are from a foreign country and can show INS documents with date of legal presence in the U.S.

Primary Identifying Documents

1.     Photo Driver License;

2.     Identification card issued by a U.S. state, or Canadian providence or territory;

3.     U.S. or Canadian certified Birth Certificate; Office of Vital Records

4.     Certified court order containing individual's full name and date of birth;

5.     Tribal Identification card, approved by the Department of Public Safety.

6.     Military Id - dependent, retiree, reserve or national guard, or active duty;

7.     Passport with accompanied Visa or I-94 document if required;

8.     "Record of No Record" from Dept. of Health Vital Statistics accompanied by secondary document indicating birth date;

9.     Tribal Identification card approved by the Department of Public Safety.

10.  INS documents:

A.Certificate of Naturalization;

B.Certificate of Citizenship

C.U.S. Citizen Identification Card

D.Resident Alien Card;

E.Record of Arrival and Departure in a valid foreign passport;

F.Record of Arrival and Departure with attached photo stamped "Temporary Proof of Lawful Permanent Resident";

G.Record of Arrival and Departure in a Certificate of Identity;

H.Employment Authorization Card;

I.Record of Arrival and Departure stamped "Refugee", "Parolee", or "Asylee"; or

J.Record of Arrival and Departure coded Section 207, 208, 209, 212d(5), HP, or PIP

Secondary Identifying Documents:

 

1.     All primary documents;

2.     Social Security Card;

3.     Bureau of Indian Affairs Card/Indian Treaty Card/Birth Certificate;

4.     Foreign Birth Certificate;

5.     Health Insurance Card;

6.     IRS/State Tax Forms;

7.     Marriage Certificate/License;

8.     Military Discharge/Separation papers;

9.     City, Federal, or State gun permit;

10.  Pilot's License

11.  School Records/transcripts;

12.  Student ID Card;

13.  Canada's Social Insurance Card;

14.  Vehicle Title/Registration;

15.  Welfare Card;

16.  Prison Release Document; or

17.  Military dependent and transition ID's

This manual will provide information needed to drive a passenger vehicle. If you want a license to drive a commercial motor vehicle, you need to read the Commercial Driver License (CDL) Manual. If you want a license to drive a motorcycle, you need to read the Motorcycle Manual

Who cannot get a South Dakota driver license?

 

·         Persons under 14 years of age.

·         Persons who have a license or driving privilege under suspension or revocation in South Dakota or any other state.

·         Persons who have accumulated child support arrearages of $1,000 or more. (These people will be issued one 6 month temporary license.)

·         Persons present illegally in the U.S.

 

Types of Driver Licenses

Certified Birth Certificate and Social Security information required for all. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

Instruction Permit - To obtain an Instruction Permit, you must be at least 14 years of age and pass the vision and knowledge test. The permit is valid for one year. Minors at least 14 years of age, but less than 18 years of age, must hold the valid permit continuously for 180 days (90 days if successful completion of an approved Department of Education and Cultural Affairs driver education course prior to upgrade of permit to a Restricted Minor's permit or Operator's License. If under 18 years of age and the Instruction Permit expires, a minor would be required to obtain another Instruction Permit for either the 90 or 180 day requirement.

Restrictions: A licensed driver 18 years of age or older with at least one year's driving experience must be present in the seat next to the person holding the Instruction Permit.

Restricted Minor's Permit - To obtain a Restricted Minor's Permit, you must be at least 14 years of age and pass the vision, knowledge, and driving test, complete the requirements of the Instruction Permit, and have not been convicted of a traffic violation during the past six months prior to obtaining the Restricted Minor's Permit. An individual up to age 18 years of age may hold a Restricted Minor's Permit. The permit is valid for 5 years.

Restrictions: Entitles the holder, while having the permit in his immediate physical possession, to operate a motor vehicle during the hours of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. if the motor vehicle is being operated with the permission of the minor's parent or legal guardian; and during the hours of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. if the minor's parent or legal guardian is occupying a seat beside the driver. Upon attaining age 18, permit converts to Operator's License.

Operator's License - To obtain an Operator's License, you must be at least 16 years of age and pass the vision, knowledge, and driving test If a minor is at least 16 years of age, but under 18 years of age, they must complete the requirements of the Instruction Permit and have not been convicted of a traffic violation during the past six months prior to obtaining the Operator's License. The license is valid for 5 years. To renew an Operator's License, you must pass the vision test.

Motorcycle Instruction Permit - To obtain a Motorcycle Instruction Permit, you must be at least 14 years of age and pass the vision, knowledge (car/truck and motorcycle) tests. Minors at least 14 years of age, but less than 18 years of age, must hold the valid permit continuously of 180 days (90 days if successful completion of an approved Department of Education & Cultural Affairs driver education course) prior to upgrade of the permit to a Motorcycle Restricted Minor's Permit or a person has successfully completed the nation motorcycle safety course, the Motorcycle Instruction Permit only needs to be held for 30 continuous days. The permit is valid for one year. If under 18 years of age and the Motorcycle Instruction Permit expires, the minor would be required to obtain another Instruction Permit for the required time.

 

Restrictions: The Motorcycle Instruction Permit holder may operate a motorcycle during the hours of 6a.m. to 8p.m. if accompanied by a licensed motorcycle operator who is a least eighteen years of age, who has at least one year of driving experience and who is driving another motorcycle along with the permit holder. No Motorcycle Instruction Permit holder may carry another person on the motorcycle.

Motorcycle Restricted Minor's Permit - To obtain a Motorcycle Restricted Minor's Permit, you must be at least 14 years of age and pass the vision, knowledge (car/truck and motorcycle) tests, and motorcycle drive test, complete the requirements of the Instruction Permit and have not been convicted of a traffic violation during the past six months prior to obtaining the Motorcycle Restricted Minor's Permit. An individual up to age 18 years of age may hold a Motorcycle Restricted Minor's Permit. The permit is valid for 5 years

Restrictions: Entitles the holder, while having the permit in his immediate possession, to operate a motorcycle during the hours of 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. if the motorcycle is being operated with the permission of the minor's parent of legal guardian.

Motorcycle Operator's License - To obtain a Motorcycle License, you must be at least 16 years of age and pass the vision, knowledge (car/truck and motorcycle) tests, and motorcycle driving test. If a minor is at least 16 years of age, but under 18 years of age, they must complete the requirements of the Instruction Permit and not have been convicted of a traffic violation during the past six months prior to obtaining the Motorcycle Operator's License. The license is valid for 5 years or on the same date as the expiration date on the valid documents authorizing the applicant's presence in the United States, whichever occurs first.

Duplicate License - When a duplicate license is obtained, your license will retain the original license expiration date. To obtain a duplicate license you must provide 2 proofs of identification, one of which should include person's date of birth. Our examiners may question any documents and request additional information for verification of identity.

Source: DMV


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