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What documents do I need to go to the DMV?

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety requires applicants to provide proof of identity, residency and Social Security number by submitting the following documents:

Proof of Identity (Must prove identity, date of birth and lawful status)
• Certified United States birth certificate issued by state or county (hospital-issued birth certificates are not acceptable)
• Valid unexpired United States passport
• Certificate of Naturalization
• Certificate of Citizenship
• Valid unexpired permanent resident card
• Valid unexpired employment authorization document
• Foreign passport with valid unexpired United States Visa with I-94

Name Change Documents
• Certified marriage certificate issued by a state vital records agency
• Certified adoption document
• Certified court order authorizing name change, such as a divorce decree

Social Security Number (Must include the full number)
• Social Security card
• W-2 form
• Social Security Administration (SSA) 1099 form
• Non-SSA 1099 form
• Pay stub with name and Social Security number

Proof of South Dakota Residency—Two Documents (Must contain your full name and current address. Parent’s proof of address is acceptable for a minor child. P.O. box addresses are acceptable in areas not assigned a street address or 911 address.)
• Utility bill
• Credit card statement
• Pay stub or earnings statement
• Rent receipt
• Phone bill
• Transcript or report card from an accredited school
• Bank statement
• Mortgage document
• Tax document
• Homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy
• Other items with your address may be reviewed by Driver Licensing personnel

If you are living at a facility or an organization, you can submit a letter from the facility or organization on their letterhead stating that you reside there.