A South Dakota state ID card provides a convenient form of photo identification for state residents who cannot drive or prefer not to drive. A DMV ID card can be obtained by most state residents at a driver licensing office managed by the South Dakota Department of Public Safety (DPS). There is no age requirement for obtaining a photo ID card in SD, and having one can be beneficial for all non-drivers.

Your state ID card will serve the same ID purposes as a valid driver’s license, but it does not allow you to operate any type of motorized vehicle. However, this also means that you will not need to take any licensing exams. Be aware that if you already have a driver’s license, you cannot apply for a SD ID card until you voluntarily surrender your license. Review the following sections to learn how to get a state ID card in South Dakota and find out what fees are involved to the process.

South Dakota DMV ID Requirements

SD DMV state ID requirements do not place an age limit on getting an ID card. However, parents of minors must present a signed and notarized parental consent form with their child’s application. A child ID card can be beneficial to all children and families during emergency identification situations or even when traveling.

The DPS has specific ID card requirements that each applicant must meet. ID applicants must be residents of the State of South Dakota and be lawfully present in the United States. Non-citizens of the United States may apply for a state ID in South Dakota if they provide valid immigration documents as outlined below.

If your name is not the same on all the documents required by DPS, you must provide proof of all previous name changes. You can meet this requirement by presenting legal documentation that shows the date and reason for each name change (marriage, divorce, court order, etc.)

What do you need to get an ID in South Dakota?

The documents needed for state ID in South Dakota are basic forms that you probably already have on hand. They will be used by the DPS to verify your age, identity, SD address and citizenship status. Some examples of acceptable ID card documents include:

  • A current SD driver’s license or ID card that is federally compliant (these REAL ID documents have a gold star in the upper right corner).
  • If you do not have a federally compliant SD license or ID, you must show proof of your Social Security Number (SSN). This can be accomplished by showing a Social Security card, W-2 or 1099, or paystub imprinted with your full SSN. If you do not have an SSN, contact the Social Security Administration before applying for your SD ID card.
  • Two proofs of state residency and physical address. These must be printed with your name and address and be less than one year old. You may use a utility bill, lease agreement, mortgage statement, homeowner’s insurance policy or tax document. If you do not have a permanent SD address, see the Residency Affidavit and Consent for Use of South Dakota Address forms in the forms section below.
  • Proof of legal presence, such as a certified U.S. birth certificate or a valid and unexpired U.S. passport. Non-citizens may provide a Certificate of Citizenship, Certificate of Naturalization, permanent resident card, employment authorization card or a foreign passport with a U.S. visa/I-94 attached. If you are a citizen, you may show your U.S. passport, passport card or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad instead of a birth certificate.
  • If applicable, proof of name change via marriage certificate, divorce decree, adoption decree or court order.

Note that all documents required for state ID must be original documents or certified copies. No photocopies can be accepted. DPS can provide you with a complete list of acceptable documents if you do not have the ones listed above.

You must also be ready to pay the DMV ID card fee when you submit your application. DPS accepts cash, checks, money orders debit cards and credit cards.

How to Get an ID in South Dakota

Applicants wondering where to get state ID in South Dakota have just one option for submitting new applications. To apply for an ID, you must appear in person at a DPS Driver Licensing Office. Submit the documents listed above and complete any paperwork the clerk provides. After processing your application, you will pay your free and have your photo taken.

You should be able to leave with your new photo identification document in hand. However, some documents may require additional verification time. Although you cannot get ID online in SD, you can use the DPS’s online driver license scheduler to make an appointment ahead of time. You may also visit the DPS’s online DMV to get ID cards renewed or duplicated.

REAL ID Cards in South Dakota

All state ID cards currently being issued in South Dakota are compliant with the federal REAL ID Act. These REAL ID cards and driver’s license documents have a gold star in the card’s upper right hand corner.

Generally, there is no need to apply for REAL ID separately in South Dakota. If you are still using an older ID or license that is non-compliant with REAL ID security standards, you will receive a compliant document at your next renewal or replacement.

How to Renew or Replace a State ID in South Dakota

If you need to replace a lost ID card or renew an expiring document, you may be eligible to do so online or by mail. You may also obtain your renewal or replacement ID card in person at any DPS driver licensing office.

In most cases, you will simply complete the application and pay the ID renewal fee without having to submit new identification documents.

DMV ID Costs in South Dakota

How much does an ID cost in South Dakota? Currently, DPS charges a DMV ID cost of $28 per document. If you pay for your ID with a debit or credit card, an additional administrative fee of $2 or 2.95 percent will be added, whichever is greater.

Last updated on Wednesday, March 4 2020.