South Dakota Driver's License

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South Dakota Learner's Permit

In South Dakota, you must be 14 years old to receive your learners permit. To qualify for a Conditional License, you must hold the valid permit continuously for 180 days (90 days if you have successfully completed an approved Department of Education driver education course) before making your road test appointment for a Restricted Minor's permit or Operator's License At Stage 2, after you have held your learners license for six months you are eligible to take your road test when you turn 14 years and 6 months.

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South Dakota Road Test Requirements

The road test will last approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Your ability to drive your vehicle safely in a variety of traffic situations will be tested. An South Dakota DPS driver license examiner will administer the road test and you will need to supply your own vehicle. Don't forget...the examiner will check to see if the car you are driving has a current registration and proof of vehicle insurance.

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With the Behind the Wheel Road Test Course you'll receive a complete Vehicle Inspection and Driving Skills Checklist to use prior to leaving for your exam.

South Dakota Road Test Maneuvers

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You'll be prepared to perform the following maneuvers during your road test:

  • Perform safe Left and Right Turns, as well as Three Point Turns
  • Proper Signaling for lane change and parking
  • Lane Usage, Right-of-way, Intersection Approach and Overall Vehicle Control
  • Backing of vehicle and making quick stops
  • Parking of the Vehicle (possibly Parallel Parking)

You'll receive a Driving Maneuvers Checklist with the road test course. For a complete list of maneuvers please see the South Dakota Driver Manual.

Driver's License Documentation Requirements

Before you head to the South Dakota DPS Office, make sure you have all of the following required documents to get your driver's license: Acceptable Forms of Identification to apply for an South Dakota License

Scheduling Your Road Test Appointment

You can go to any South Dakota Drivers License Office to complete your road skills test on a first-come first-served basis. If you are in Sioux Falls you can schedule your appointment online or in Rapid City over the phone at 605-394-1790.

South Dakota GDL Laws

South Dakota's graduated driver license law is a three-step program that reduces the risk while new drivers under the age of 16 gradually work up to driving safely on their own.

Stage 1: Learner's Permit

A new driver must be at least 14 years old to apply for an instruction permit. The required holding period for an instruction permit is 6 months, which is reduced to 3 months if the licensee has undergone driver education.

Stage 2: Restricted License

The licensee must be at least 14 years and 6 months old to qualify for a restricted license. For licensees with driver education, the age requirement is lowered to 14 years and 3 months. The nighttime restriction for a restricted license is not being allowed to drive between the hours of 10 PM to 6 AM.

Stage 3: Full License

In order to remove the nighttime and passenger restriction, the licensee must be 16 years old.

South Dakota Teen Drivers Guide: http://dps.sd.gov/licensing/driver_licensing/Parents.aspx#thingsyoushouldknow

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