South Dakota Registration Renewal
The South Dakota Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) oversees your vehicle’s registration renewal.
You will receive a renewal notice before your vehicle’s expiration. You may also sign up for an email alert in place of the mailer. Renewals depend on the first letter of your last name, so keep track of the renewal date or wait patiently for the notice/email.
You can renew your South Dakota vehicle registration:
- By Mail
- Self-service Kiosk
You may check the status of your license by requesting driver records to see if there are any issues with your vehicle. Given you don’t have restrictions, follow along to complete the renewal process.
South Dakota Car or Truck Registration Renewal: Step-by-Step
To renew your vehicle’s registration in South Dakota, all you’ll need to do is take a trip down to your county treasurer’s office. You can also renew by sending your information by mail, doing it online, or visit one of the many kiosks.
Vehicle plates are issued based on the first letter of your last name which coincide with your renewal date – here is when you’ll complete the renewal:
- A/B – January
- C/D/E – February
- F/G/J – March
- H/I/O – May
- K/L – June
- M/N – July
- P/Q/R – August
- S – September
- T/U/V/W/X/Y/Z – November
Ready? Let’s get everything sorted!
In-Person Registration Renewal
Do the following if you want to handle the renewal in-person:
- Visit an SD licensing office
- Provide your SD driver’s license
- Show your renewal notice
- Pay your renewal fees
Congratulations! You’re good for the roads!
Online Registration Renewal
Online renewals have two, main restrictions:
- Cannot renew online if the registration is expired by more than 10 days
- You’ve recently changed your name/address on file
Good to go? You’ll do the following:
- Visit the state’s online portal
- Follow the on-screen prompts
- Input your information like:
- License #
- Date of Birth
- Pay your registration renewal fees
You should receive your new documents not too long after completing the process.
Mail-in Registration Renewal
The mail-in renewal process is very simple:
- Gather your renewal notice
- File the form
- Include a payment
- Send the notice back to your treasurer’s office
This process takes longer but you should receive everything in a few weeks.
Kiosk Registration Renewal
You can renew your registration at a kiosk up to 90 days before its expiration. You also have the chance to renew at these kiosks up to 12 months after. You will locate a kiosk, provide your license or ID, pay your fees, and receive your new registration and plates on-the-spot.
South Dakota Registration Renewal Fees and Taxes
South Dakota has variable fees depending on the vehicle age and weight. Your fees also depend on your month. Check SD’s Non-commercial vehicle license fees chart for a breakdown of what to expect. Or, refer to the truck/trailer fees chart if this is your vehicle type.
You should also expect to pay service and mailing fees like:
- $1.50 or 2.25% online renewal fees
- $1.50 or 2.25% self-service kiosk fees
- $5 postage fee and $1 plate sticker fee for mail-in
Congratulations, You’re Done!
You’ve completed the South Dakota vehicle registration renewal.
Keep track of your expiry date or keep an eye out for the renewal notice sometime next year. Forgoing renewal can land you in trouble with fines and penalties so don’t let this lapse.
Continue practicing safe driving, respect the rules of the roads, and be nice to one another. Happy driving out there in South Dakota!