South Dakota

Driver licensing agency
contact information
South Dakota Department of Public Safety
Office of Driver Licensing
118 West Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
800 952-3696 (within state)
605 773-6883 (out of state)
Licensing Requirements
Visual acuity

Visual fields
Color vision requirement
Type of road test
Restricted licenses
Each eye with/without correction
Both eyes with/without correction
If one eye blind—other with/without correction
Absolute visual acuity minimum

Are bioptic telescopes allowed?
Minimum field requirement
Standardized course.
Restrictions include daylight driving only, mandatory outside rearview mirrors, mandatory corrective lenses, and driving limited to 50 mile radius from home or to the neighborhood.
20/40 in better eye for unrestricted
license; 20/60 in better eye with restrictions.
Yes; driver must pass a skills test.
Licensing Renewal Procedures

Age-based renewal procedures
Length of license validation
Renewal options and conditions

Vision testing required at time of renewal?
Written test required?
Road test required?
5 years
In-person; renewal by mail for military and military dependents only.
Reporting Procedures
Physician/medical reporting

DMV follow-up

Other reporting
Physicians may report unsafe drivers if they so choose by submitting a “Request Re-Evaluation” form. The form can be found on the Office of Driver Licensing Web site.
An appointment is scheduled and the driver is notified to appear for an interview. A written test and road test may be required.
Will accept information from courts, other DMVs, police, family members, and other sources.
Not available.
Medical Advisory Board
Role of the MAB South Dakota does not have a medical advisory board. Medical information is reviewed by Department of Commerce & Regulation personnel. If the Department has good cause to believe that a licensed operator is not qualified to be licensed, it may upon written notice of at least 5 days require him or her to submit to an examination or interview. The Department shall take appropriate action, which may include suspending or revoking the license, permitting the individual to retain his/her license, or issuing a license subject to restrictions.

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