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    Get a Learner Permit in South Dakota

    South Dakota's Graduated Licensing System requires all teens 14 years old or older and younger than 18 years old 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 for the permit fees:
      • Instruction Permit: $28. Valid 1 year.
      • Restricted Minor's Permit: $28. Valid for 5 years.

    C) Take the Written Permit Test

    Tests are given on a walk-in basis at all statewide exam stations. In addition to the written test, you'll also take a vision screening. Pass both to receive an instruction permit.

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