|Effective date of original law:
July 1, 1982
Ultimate Program Responsibility
South Dakota Department of
Office of Driver Licensing
118 W. Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 800-952-3696 (in-State)
Phone: 605-773-6883 (out-of-State)
South Dakota Safety Council
3211 S. Carolyn Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
- Source of funding: Motorcycle registration fee ($3)
- Stipulated use of funds: To provide only motorcycle safety courses and education approved by the director
Relationship Among Various Programs
- The South Dakota Office of Highway Safety contracts with the South Dakota Safety Council to offer Rider Education courses to novice and experienced riders throughout the State.
- The South Dakota Department of Motor Vehicles accepts the course completion card for licensing.
Collection of Rider Training and Licensing Data
- Agency responsible for collecting rider training data:
South Dakota Safety Council and South Dakota Office of Highway Safety
- Agency responsible for collecting licensing data:
South Dakota Department of Motor Vehicles
- Data available in electronic format: None
- Link between crash, licensing, and rider education data: N/A
- Months of instruction: April through September
- Number of instruction sites: 10
- Types of providers: Rider’s Edge, airports, universities, fairgrounds, high schools, Department of Transportation sites, and other private providers
Operations and Participant Characteristics
- Courses offered: 143
- Students enrolled: 942
- No-shows or registration refunds: N/A
- Time until course reaches capacity: 3–4 weeks
- Average waiting period to take course: Immediate (beginning of season), 4–6 weeks (midseason)
- Students on waiting list: 40–50
Program Funding and Expenditures
- Annual budget: $115,450
- Source of Federal funds: N/A
- Average cost to State to educate rider: $122.56
- Course tuition charged to novice rider: $75
- Course tuition charged to experienced rider: $60
- Special fees in addition to course fees: N/A
- Approved curricula: MRC:RSS
- Advisory committee: N/A
- Curricula approved by: Director of the Department of Public Safety
- Process to modify curriculum: Modifications are submitted to the Office of Highway Safety and if necessary to the legislature.
- Data collected for modifications: N/A
- Validation process for modifications: N/A
Instructor Selection, Training, and Evaluation
- The director establishes rules for Instructor certification.
- The Chief Instructor and program director evaluate Instructors using MSF guidelines.
Profile of Instructors
- Certified Instructors/RiderCoaches: 36
- Chief Instructors/RiderCoach Trainers: 1
- Instructor candidates in 2001: 9
- Percentage of successful Instructor candidates: 100%
- Instructor demographics: N/A
- Reciprocity for Instructors trained in other States: Yes
Quality Control Procedures
- Quality control measures include Instructor updates and professional training, site visitations and evaluations by the director and Chief Instructor, and peer teaching.
- The program director and Chief Instructor are responsible for quality control.
- Quality control implementation is ongoing.
- The program conducts ongoing, regular evaluations for program improvement.
- $8 permit issuance fee
- Successful completion of
- Successful completion of knowledge test
- Successful completion of
- Valid for 1 year
- Riders 14–17 must hold a valid permit continuously for 180 days (90 days if rider successfully completed an approved driver education course) prior to upgrading to a Motorcycle Restricted Minor’s Permit.
If a person has successfully completed the MSC:RSS, permit needs to be held for only
30 continuous days.
- Permit is not renewable, but rider may apply for another permit if it expires.
- $8 license endorsement fee
- Rider must be 16 with or without the successful completion of a rider education course.
- Motorcycle license must be renewed every 5 years.
Testing and Training Responsibilities
- Testing agency: Department of Commerce and Regulation
- Third-party testing: Yes
- Agency responsible for training examiners: N/A
Knowledge and Skills Tests Used
- Primary knowledge test used: MSF
- Primary skills test used: Motorcyclist In-Traffic Test (MIT)
- Secondary skills test used: Local on-street
- Rider education waiver: Skills and knowledge
- Skills test waiver for rider education completed in another State: Yes
- Reciprocal license waivers: Yes
Operator and Vehicle Characteristics
- Motorcycle operators licensed: 52,641
- Registered motorcycles: 29,175
- New motorcycle licenses/endorsements issued in 2001: N/A
- Operators licensed through rider education in 2001: N/A
- Operators licensed without rider education: N/A
- Operators without license or proper endorsement: N/A
Motorcyclist Licensing System
- Graduated licensing: Yes
- Tiered licensing: N/A
Public Information and Education
- Operator’s manual used: Motorcycle Operator’s Manual
- Annual budget for public information and education: N/A