This Step: Get a Learner Permit
Get a Learner Permit in South Dakota
South Dakota's Graduated Licensing System requires all teens 14 or older and younger than 18 to follow a process of steps before obtaining a driver's license. The process starts with an instruction permit.
A) Ace a Few DMV Practice Permit Tests
Prepare for the written exam by studying South Dakota's Driver License Manual and then taking multiple practice permit tests. All questions mirror those found on the actual written test, allowing you to accurately assess if you're ready to be tested or need more time to hone your understanding of driving rules and safe driving practices.
B) Gather Required Documents and South Dakota Permit Fees
When you're ready to be tested, visit any exam station with:
- Proof of identity and date of birth
- Proof of lawful status
- Social Security number
- Proof of South Dakota residency
- A completed South Dakota Driver License application; a parent or guardian must sign the application in front of either a notary public or an exam station agent
- Payment (cash or check only) for test and permit fees (fees listed on page three of the Driver License Manual)
C) Take the Written Permit Test
Tests are given on a walk-in basis at all statewide exam stations. Arrive at least one hour before closing or risk being turned away. In addition to the written test, you'll also take a vision screening. Pass both to receive an instruction permit, valid for one year.