South Dakota law requires that motor vehicle owners must register their vehicle with the South Dakota Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) before taking it on the road. Both new and second-hand vehicles must be registered, regardless of whether they are purchased from a dealer or an individual. In addition, new South Dakota residents who have registered their vehicle in another state must register their vehicle in South Dakota.
The initial vehicle registration must be done in person, but registration renewals can be done in person at a County Treasurer's office, by phone (only in some counties) or by mail.
If you are registering a motor vehicle in South Dakota for the first time, you must complete the following steps:
Registration fees in South Dakota are based on the weight and year of the vehicle and whether you require specialized license plates. There are different fees for cars and pickups and non-commercial trucks and vans but typically the fees will include some or all of the following:
Owners of motor vehicles in South Dakota are required to renew their vehicle registration annually, and can do so in person, by phone or by mail. See our Registration Renewal section for complete details.