South Dakota DPS Practice Tests

A driver's license is a privilege, not a right. Earn it by reading the South Dakota driver's handbook and taking practice tests. The South Dakota teen permit test and the South Dakota driver's license renewal practice test are just a few examples.

Your South Dakota DPS Practice Tests

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Your South Dakota DPS Handbooks

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South Dakota Driver's License Resources

Having a driver’s license is a privilege, not a right, which is why getting an South Dakota driver’s license is no easy feat. To help you get your license with as little hassle as possible, we’re rounding up a list of resources for you to use to help you pass the written test and to prepare your for the on-road exam. These resources cover several different steps to getting the South Dakota driver’s license, such as the permit test and the road signs test.

Teen Permit Test

The South Dakota permit test is for anyone learning to drive for the first time, so it’s not restricted to teenagers. If you’ve never had your South Dakota driver’s license before, then this test is a crucial first step.

Renewing Driver’s License Test

The South Dakota driver’s license renewal test is specifically for those that need to renew their license, but have failed to do so before it expired. If your South Dakota driver's license has not yet expired when you renew it, you don't have to take the test..

New to State Driver’s License Test

If you are new to South Dakota, then you have to take the South Dakota new to state driver’s license test if your old state license is expired. If it's still valid, then you can get your South Dakota driver's license without taking the written exam.

State Driving Manual / Handbook

Of course, there’s no way you are going to pass any of these tests and get your South Dakota driver’s license if you don’t read the South Dakota driving handbook. This manual has all the information that will be covered in the written exam, and is available for download by clicking the link.

Road Signs Practice Test

Every state requires that you know your road signs, and some even have a specific road sign test. To prepare you for either situation, we have a South Dakota road signs practice test to help you answer these questions and to know your road signs.

South Dakota Driver’s License Blog Posts

We also have our daily driver blog that publishes posts about preparing for the test, safe driving, and current driving laws. Below are a few links we recommend reading so that you are not only prepared to take the driver’s license test, but also prepared to drive with your license in the state:

17 Tips and Tricks for Driving in Severe Weather

Why Highway Driving Practice is Important

Is Your Vehicle Ready for the DMV Road Test?

South Dakota DPS Driving Test Info

How many questions are on the written test?

There are 25 questions on the test.

How many questions must you get right?

You must answer at least 20 questions correctly in order to pass.

If you fail when can you retake the test?

You can retake the test again in 1 day.

How many times can you retake the test?

There is no limit on the number of times you can retake the written test.

Who has to take the written test? Teens of what ages?

Anyone who is getting their driver’s license for the first time must pass the written test. Teens can take the test if they are at least 16 years old. If they’re under 18 years of age, they must complete all the requirements for an instruction permit and will also need parental consent.

Are you required to take the written test when renewing, and if so every time you renew or just sometimes? What are the conditions if just sometimes?

You do not have to retake the written test when you renew your license unless it has been expired for more than             30 days.

If you’re new to state are you required to take the written test?

If you hold a valid driver’s license from another state then you are not required to take either part (written or on-road) of the driver’s examination.

Who has to take the behind the wheel / on-road driving test?

Anyone who is getting their driver’s license for the first time must pass both the written and driving tests. Additionally, you will also be required to re-pass both tests if your driver’s license has expired and you want to renew it.

South Dakota DPS Motorcycle Permit Test Info

How old must you be to take the written test?

You must be at least 14 years old and have completed the requirements for a motorcycle instruction permit before you can take the test. If you are under 18 years of age you must also have parental consent.

How many questions are on the test?

There are 25 questions on the test.

How many must you get correct to pass?

You must answer at least 20 questions correctly in order to pass.

What are the permit restrictions for motorcycles?

You cannot drive during hours of darkness or carry any passengers, and must be accompanied at all times by a licensed adult motorcyclist who is also riding on a motorcycle.

Do you need to take an on-road motorcycle driving test?

Yes, you are required to pass a practical on-road motorcycle skill test in order to get your motorcycle license.

Are there any other state specific age requirements or restrictions for motorcycles?

Minors under the age of 18 are required to hold a motorcycle instruction permit for at least 6 months before they qualify for a minor’s restricted permit, or 3 months if they complete a state-approved driver’s education course, or 1 month if they complete a national motorcycle safety course.

What is the helmet law is this state?

Any operator or passenger of a motorcycle who is under 18 is required to wear a protective helmet meeting state-approved safety standards at all times while operating or riding on the motorcycle.

South Dakota Watercraft Written Safety Test Info

Is there such a test in the state?

Currently, the State of South Dakota does not require its citizens to obtain a license to operate boats or other watercraft.