South Dakota Drivers License Renewal
Drivers must renew drivers licenses in South Dakota in order to continue all driving privileges. In the state of South Dakota it is illegal for you to with an expired drivers license. Doing so can result in fines and points added onto your driving record. Currently renewing drivers licenses in SD can be done online, in-person at your local South Dakota DMV office, or by mail. The requirements to complete a drivers license renewal varies depending on the method, but all renewals will require you submit the requested information, along with payment for the drivers license renewal fee. To learn more about how to renew drivers licenses in South Dakota, read on to the following sections.
How to Renew Your SD Driver's License
SD drivers can renew drivers license online, in person, or by mail. In order to renew drivers license in South Dakota, your current drivers license cannot be suspended, revoked, or canceled for any reason. Drivers renewing drivers licenses in SD will be asked to submit the required documents and information. This information may vary according to the drivers license renewal method, but all methods will request some form of the following information:
- Proof of SD residency.
- Proof of identity (such as your Social Security Number or passport).
- A passed vision test, road test, or written test.
- The required drivers license renewal fee.
When renewing drivers licenses in South Dakota, all drivers must pay the standard drivers license renewal fee of $28 for a drivers license lasting a period of five years. How you pay your SD drivers license renewal fee is dependent upon the method you are using to renew drivers licenses. Drivers who renew drivers license online in South Dakota will be able to pay with a Visa or MasterCard. If you are planning to renew drivers license in person at a local South Dakota DMV office you can pay by cash, personal check or money order. Drivers who plan to complete a driver license renewal by mail must pay by check.
Note: All checks can be made payable to the "Department of Public Safety."
When to Renew
Your South Dakota Driver's License
Drivers must renew driver licenses in SD prior to their expiration date. In the state of South Dakota, renewing drivers licenses is mandatory every five years when licenses are due to expire. SD residents are allowed to complete a drivers license renewal up to 180 days before their license expires and up to 30 days.
It is illegal for drivers to drive on an expired drivers license in SD. However, if your license has expired you are still eligible to renew drivers licenses in South Dakota. Drivers can renew expired drivers licenses within 30 days after its expiration. Renewing drivers licenses that have expired beyond the 30-day window may require you to pass a written exam. Drivers who are required to take the written exam are recommended to first complete an online practice test to improve their chances of passing. Expired drivers licenses in South Dakota must be renewed in person at your local DMV office.
Requirements To Renew A South Dakota License
In order to renew drivers licenses in South Dakota, drivers must pass a series of requirements set in place by the state DMV. You must have a valid drivers license in order to complete a drivers license renewal. Drivers licenses that are suspended, canceled or revoked for any reason are not eligible for renewal. While the requirements vary, depending on the method chosen to renew drivers licenses in SD, you can expect to be required to submit some form of the following information:
- Personal identification such as a passport or Social Security Number.
- Proof of current residence in the state of South Dakota.
- Your legal name and date of birth.
- Your current drivers license number.
- Payment for the standard South Dakota drivers license renewal fee.
Renewing An SD Suspended License
Drivers currently holding a suspended license are not eligible for drivers license renewal in South Dakota. In order to renew drivers licenses in SD after your license has become suspended, revoked, or cancelled, you will be required to first reinstate your driving privileges. In order to reinstate driving privileges, drivers may be required to pay an outstanding fine, complete traffic school, or pass a written test. It is recommended that drivers needing to pass a written test first complete an online practice test to improve their likelihood of passing. Once your license has been reinstated, you may begin renewing drivers licenses in South Dakota.
SD Drivers License Online Renewal
In order to renew drivers licenses online in SD you must pass the eligibility requirements set by the state. Drivers looking to complete an online South Dakota drivers license renewal must have:
- A valid South Dakota drivers license.
- A vision test report no older than 6 months.
- Proof of current residency in the state of SD.
Drivers who meet these requirements are eligible to renew drivers licenses online every 10 years. In order to renew drivers licenses online, you will need to submit your SD drivers license number, date of birth, Social Security Number, and payment for the drivers license renewal fee.
Renewing Your SD Drivers License In-Person
If you choose to complete a drivers license renewal in person at the local SD DMV, it is highly recommended to first make an appointment to avoid any extensive wait times. Renewing drivers licenses in person is only available to drivers with currently valid drivers licenses. Once you have made your appointment, you will be required to submit the following information at your local South Dakota DMV:
- Your current South Dakota drivers license.
- 2 documents proving SD residency.
- Pass a vision test.
- Have your new drivers license photo taken.
- Payment for the South Dakota drivers license renewal fee.
In the event that you do not currently hold a federally compliant license (check for the star in the upper right hand corner of your license), you will be required to submit the required documents above, plus the additional information:
- A legal document proving your identity such as a passport, birth certificate or Certificate of Naturalization.
- Your Social Security Number or W-2 form.
- Two documents proving your SD residency, such as your utility bill, credit card statement, or pay stub.
Non US Citizen
To complete a South Dakota drivers license renewal, non-U.S. citizens must meet certain criteria. Non-U.S. citizens looking to renew drivers licenses in South Dakota are required to present a valid permanent resident card, employment authorization document, a foreign passport and a U.S visa.
Note: Non U.S. citizens without a permanent residence card will not be eligible for drivers license renewal.
Out-of-State Military Renewal
Renewing drivers licenses in SD is still available to military personnel currently deployed overseas or out-of-state. If you would like to complete a drivers license renewal while deployed, you currently must do so online or by mail. This form of renewing drivers licenses is also available to spouses of active duty members, members of the Peace Corps, or overseas missionaries. Military personnel looking to renew drivers licenses while out-of-state can do so by submitting the following documents:
- A completed SD drivers license application.
- A completed vision statement.
- A copy of your military ID.
- One legal document proving your identity such as a birth certificate, valid passport of certificate of naturalization.
- A Social Security card of w-2 form.
- Proof or residency within the state of South Dakota.
- Payment for drivers license renewal fee.
Out-Of-State Military: Renew Online
The option to renew drivers license online is available to military members in South Dakota. In order to do so, you must visit the South Dakota DMV website and follow the instructions provided. Drivers will be given a temporary drivers license until the official drivers license arrives by mail.
Out-Of-State SD Residents
Out-of-state SD residents are currently eligible to renew drivers license online or by mail. If you choose to complete a South Dakota drivers license renewal by mail, you will be required to submit the following documents:
- A completed and signed South Dakota drivers license renewal application.
- A completed Temporarily Out-of-State form (DSMV 594).
- Payment for the drivers license renewal fee.
In the event you choose to renew drivers licenses online in SD, you must visit the SD DMV website and complete the instructions provided.
Out-of-state drivers who are not eligible for drivers license renewal online or by mail may still be eligible to receive an extension on their current drivers license. Read on to the following section to learn more about how to receive a drivers license extension.
Drivers License Extensions
Military members and out-of-state residents may be eligible to receive an SD driver license extension. This extension will add on to the period of time a drivers license is valid before expiring. Eligibility to receive a drivers license extension is dependent upon the current state of your drivers license. In order to find out if you are eligible to receive a drivers license extension, contact the South Dakota DPS for more information.