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Get a Drivers License in South Dakota

A) Make Sure You're Eligible for a South Dakota Driver's License

Restricted Minor's Permit

SD Get a Drivers License

You may apply if:

  • You're at least 14 years old
  • You have held your instruction permit for 180 days, or 90 days if you completed a state-approved drivers education class
  • You maintained a spotless driving record during the prior 6 months to applying for a restricted minor's permit

Operator's License for Minors

You may apply if:

  • You're at least 16 years old
  • You've completed every instruction permit requirement
  • You maintained a spotless driving record during the prior 6 months

Operator's License for Adults

You may apply if you've passed the written and vision tests.

B) Make a Road Test Appointment

Depending on your local driver exam station, you may or may not need to make an appointment. Call ahead and ask.

Find Your Local DMV Office

C) Gather Required Documents and South Dakota License Fees

On the day of the road test bring:

D) Take the Road Test

Arrive to the test site early, accompanied by a licensed driver in a legally registered and insured vehicle. During the test you will be graded on:

  • Driving preparation
  • Backing
  • Passing
  • Parking
  • Following road signs and signals
  • Maintaining proper speeds

Retake Road Test

You can try again the next day. After three attempts you must pay another test fee.

E) Get Your South Dakota Driver's License

Restricted Minor's Permit

If you're younger than 18 years old and pass the road test you'll be given a restricted minor's permit, valid for 5 years. You must abide by the following driving restrictions:

  • You may only drive between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. if you have the permission of your parent or guardian
  • You may only drive between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. if accompanied in the front seat by a parent or guardian

Operator's License

There are no driver restrictions.

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