License and Registration

Driver Licensing Program

(as taken from the SD Dept of Public Safety)

South Dakota driver's license expires on the expiration date. There is no grace period. Licenses can be renewed up to six months before the expiration date. Applications must be filled out one hour before closing in order to complete the exam on the same day.
No drive tests are given between 11:30 – 1:30.

Driver license renewals/duplicates will not be issued by mail unless the applicant has been issued a federally compliant (REAL ID) drivers license after December 30, 2009. If you are out-of-state and need a temporary permit to extend your driver license, please either email DPS (all emails must contain your first and last name) or call toll-free 1-800-952-3696 or directly 605-773-6883.

SD Dept of Public Safety: 1-800-952-3696
N Sioux City Wed: 2nd, 4th, 5th
8:45 - 4:30 205 Sodrac Dr. - Community Center
Elk Point Wed: 1st, 3rd 8:30 - 4:30 106 W Pleasant St- Elk Point City Hall
Vermillion Thurs & Wed 7:00 - 5:00 11 E Cherry St - Hallmark Square
Yankton Thurs & Fri 7:00 - 5:30 3113 Spruce St. Ste 109; (Human Svc Ctr-Kanner Bldg)
**For other locations, click DPS Map Link.
**Click for PDF schedule and requirements


Vehicle Registration

(as taken from the Motor Vehicle Department)

New >> Online Renewal webpage

To register or renew your vehicle, you need to work with the Motor Vehicle Department. All vehicles in South Dakota must be titled and registered in order to legally operate on South Dakota roadways. A nonresident moving into the state has 90 days to register and title a vehicle.

For information about registration, titling procedures, car plates and license tags, and buying and selling vehicles, call the County Treasurer office at the courthouse in Elk Point at 1-605-356-2391. You can also visit the County Treasurer's webpage for more information.


Vital Records Recovery
Union County Register of Deeds
SD Office of Vital Records
Driver License Fees
As taken for the Dept of Public Safety Website. Fees may change without notice.
Driver License: $28
License Renewals: $28
Duplicates: $15
Reinstatement Fees: $50 to $200
Motor Vehicle Reports: $5
ID Cards
Non-Driver Identification Card: $28
Commercial Licenses
Renewals: $33
Endorsements: $15
Documents Needed
For a list of documents you need to bring to the exam station to apply or renew a South Dakota driver license or identification card.
Applications cannot be submitted on-line. You can access forms on their website.
Vehicle Registration
As taken from the Motor Vehicle Department Website. Fees may change without notice.
Title Fee: $10
Duplicates: $10
Boat Title/Reg: $10
Personalized Plates: $25
You can access the vehicle titling forms at the MVD website.