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Frequently Asked Questions
  • Applying For Your South Dakota Driver's License
  • Preparing For Your SD Permit Test
  • Taking Your SD Permit Test
  • Preparing For Your SD Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • Taking Your SD Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • After You Have Passed The SD Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • Renewing Your SD Driver's License
  • What If You're Moving To SD Or Just Visiting
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Applying For Your South Dakota Driver's License
When am I eligible to apply for my SD Learner's Permit?
In South Dakota, the minimum age requirement is 14 years old.
What documents do I need to take with me when I apply for my SD Learner's Permit?
When you apply for your SD Learner's Permit, you will need to bring proof of your identity and date of birth, two documents that prove your residency in South Dakota and your Social Security Number.
Where should I go to apply for my SD license?
You are able to apply at any exam station in South Dakota.
Who do I need to bring with me when I go to take my SD Permit Test if I am under 18?
If you are under 18, a parent or legal guardian should accompany you as they will need to sign your application.
Do I need to my eyes checked before I can obtain a SD Driver's license?
Yes. You do have to pass a vision test in order to get your SD license.
Preparing For Your SD Permit Test
What should I use to study for my SD Permit Test?
The best way to study for the SD Permit Test is to read the entire South Dakota Driver's Manual. Additionally, you can find quiz questions on our website [link] that can act as a supplement to the SD Driver's Manual.
Where can I find a copy of the SD Driver's Manual?
You can find and download a copy of the SD Driver's Manual online by visiting this website: http://dps.sd.gov/licensing/driver_licensing/documents/DriversManual07-2...
Are there any chapters of the SD Driver's Manual that I can skip?
To have the best chance of passing your SD Permit Test, you should read the entire Manual. The Permit Test will test your knowledge of traffic safety laws, speed limits, traffic violations, road signs, and other topics that are covered in the SD Driver's Manual.
If I am under 18 do I have to enroll in a Driver's Education course?
South Dakota does not require that applicants under 18 complete a driver's education course, but it is worthwhile considering this as completing a Driver's Education course can enable you to take the SD Driving Exam in 90 days as opposed to 180 days, the typical waiting time for applicants under 18.
How many questions do I have to answer correctly on the SD Permit Test to pass?
The SD Permit Test consists of 25 multiple choice questions. You will need to answer 20 of those 25 questions correctly in order to pass.
Where can I go to take my SD Permit Test?
You will need to take your SD Permit Test at a local Driver's License Office. You can find a list of available locations near you by visiting this website: http://dps.sd.gov/licensing/driver_licensing/exam_schedule.aspx
Is there anything I should do the night before my SD Permit Test?
Don't cram the night before your exam. Instead, you should review the notes and information you have already studied. If you've done a thorough job studying, the night before should be a quiet review session. It's also a good idea to take a few practice questions on our website [link]. Get a good night's rest as well.
Taking Your SD Permit Test
At what age am I eligible to take the SD Permit Test?
In South Dakota, the minimum age requirement is 14 years old.
What documents do I need to bring with me when I take my SD Permit Test?
On the day of your SD Permit Test, you will need to bring proof of your identity and date of birth, two documents that prove your residency in South Dakota and your Social Security Number.
Who do I need to bring with me when I go to take my SD Permit Test?
If you are under 18, a parent or legal guardian should accompany you as they will need to sign your application.
What do I need to know to pass my SD Permit Test?
To give yourself the best chance of passing your SD Permit Test, you should read the entire Manual. The Permit Test will test your knowledge of traffic safety laws, speed limits, traffic violations, road signs, and other topics that are covered in the SD Driver's Manual.
How many questions do I have to answer correctly on the SD Permit Test to pass?
The SD Permit Test consists of 25 multiple choice questions. You will need to answer 20 of those 25 questions correctly in order to pass.
Is the SD Permit Test open book?
No. You are not allowed to use your SD Driver's Manual or any other study material while you take your SD Permit Test.
Do I have to take a drug test to be able to take my SD Permit Test?
No. You do not have to take or pass a drug test to be able to apply or receive an SD Driver's License.
What happens if I fail my SD Permit Test?
There are a few reasons, test takers fail their SD Permit Test. A test taker who fails may not have studied thoroughly. Or he or she may have been nervous, anxious and/or distracted on the day of the test. If you fail your SD Permit Test, you will not receive your SD Learner's Permit, and you will need to retake the exam. You will be able to do so as early as the next business day, however, do not rush retaking the exam. Take your time. Read the entire SD Driver's Manual again and answer test questions on our website [link] so that the next time you take the SD Permit Test you have the best chance of passing.
What happens after I pass my SD Permit Test?
If you pass your SD Permit Test, you will receive your SD Learner's Permit. If you are over 18, you are eligible to apply for your SD Driving Exam as soon as possible. If you are under 18, you will need to maintain your permit for 180 days (90 days if you complete a state-approved Driver's Education course.)
Preparing For Your SD Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
How should I practice driving for my SD Driving Exam?
You should practice and develop a number of safe driving skills. You should feel comfortable accelerating smoothly and gradually, passing through intersections safely, changing lanes effectively, coming to a complete stop at stop signs and traffic signals, sharing the road with other drives, maintaining the speed limit, staying in the correct lane and more. Remember during your exam, your primary responsibility is to demonstrate to your examiner that you know how to drive safely and effectively.
Where can I practice driving for my SD Driving Exam?
Anywhere in the South Dakota as long as you are accompanied by a licensed driver, whenever you are behind the wheel. Typically, this person should be a parent or guardian if you are under 18. You should begin practicing in familiar areas then progress to different areas that will test your driving knowledge and your adaptability to different driving situations.
Where do I take my SD Driving Exam?
You will take your exam at a SD Driver's License Office . You can find a list of available locations near you by visiting this website: http://dps.sd.gov/licensing/driver_licensing/exam_schedule.aspx
What should I expect on my SD Driving Exam?
Your examiner wants to see that you are capable of driving safely and effectively. During your SD Driving Exam, you want to make sure that you are not driving too quickly or too slowly; you want to accelerate smoothly and gradually. Obey all stop signs and traffic signals, do not tailgate other vehicles and stay in the correct lane. You should also know what various street signs and traffic signals indicate to drivers on the road.
Is there anything I should do the night before my SD Driving Exam?
The night before your SD Driving Exam, you should practice driving with a licensed. You should make sure you get a good night's rest as well.
Do I need to supply my own car for my SD Driving Exam?
Yes. You must supply a vehicle for your SD Driving Exam that is in good working condition. The vehicle should be properly registered and insured.
Taking Your SD Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
Does anyone need to accompany me to my SD Driving Exam?
If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian should accompany you.
Are there any tips that I should follow to help me pass my SD Driving Exam?
Your examiner wants to see that you are capable of driving safely and effectively. During your SD Driving Exam, you want to make sure that you are not driving too quickly or too slowly; you want to accelerate smoothly and gradually. Obey all stop signs and traffic signals, do not tailgate other vehicles and stay in the correct lane. You should also know what various street signs and traffic signals indicate to drivers on the road.
Are there any common mistakes that I should avoid making?
You should avoid driving dangerously, driving too quickly, hitting other objects, forgetting to signal, rolling stops and parking incorrectly. Always maintain good posture and signal well in advance.
Am I allowed to wear my contacts or glasses?
If you wear contacts or glasses regularly to be able to see clearly, you should absolutely wear your corrective lenses during your exam.
Who is allowed to be in the car with me during my SD Driving Exam?
During your SD Driving Exam, the only other person allowed in the vehicle, besides yourself, is your examiner.
What happens if I fail my SD Driving Exam?
If you fail the SD Driving Exam, you will not receive your SD Driver's License. You will be able to retake the exam as early as the next day, however, you should not rush retaking it after you have failed. You should pay attention to what your examiner indicates as your weaknesses, and you should work upon improving your driving skills.
After You Have Passed The SD Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
What happens after I pass my SD Driving Exam?
After you pass your SD Driving Exam, you will receive your license in the mail.
Do I need to get car insurance?
Yes. You must carry liability insurance able to cover $25,000 per person, $50,000 per accident for two or more persons and $25,000 property damage.
What documents do I need to apply for SD car insurance?
The documents that you will need vary depending on the insurance company to which you apply. Generally, insurance companies want you to submit proof of your identity, your driving record and information about the vehicle you would like to insure.
How much does SD car insurance cost?
The price varies depending on your age, your driving history, your car class and other factors.
Why is car insurance more expensive for new drivers in SD?
New drivers and inexperienced drivers (especially teens) have a higher risk of being in an accident so insurance companies often charge more to cover this potentially risk.
Renewing Your SD Driver's License
How do I renew my SD Driver's license once it has expired?
You must renew your SD Driver's License in person at a local Driver's License office.
Do I have to complete another vision test before I can renew my SD Driver's License?
Yes. You will need to pass an eye exam when you renew your SD Driver's License.
What If You're Moving To SD Or Just Visiting
Do I have to pass the SD road test when I move to SD from another state?
If your license is still valid, you do not have to take the SD Driving Exam. You will need to replace your out-of-state license with a South Dakota Driver's License within ninety days.
Is my out-of-state learner's permit valid in SD?
Yes. Out-of-state permits are recognized and valid in South Dakota. You will need to follow the laws of the home/issuing state.
How long can I drive in SD with my out-of-state license?
As long as you do not become a SD resident, you are allowed to drive with a valid out-of-state license for as long as you like.
Can I drive in South Dakota with my out-of-country license?
If you are not a SD resident, you can drive with your out-of-country license for ninety days, after which you will need to obtain a SD Driver's License. Question Category