South Dakota DMV Test Prep

Use the following SD(South Dakota) DMV practice tests to study for your DMV permit test, driver’s license test, and/or senior citizens’ refresher test.

Depending on your study style, you can choose to study by individual topics, do a DMV permit test simulation, and/or challenge yourself to the ultimate DMV marathon test that includes all of the test questions for South Dakota.

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SD Marathon Test

This test contains all the DMV test questions we have! Don’t say you are ready for the real test until you pass this test with flying colors!

SD DMV Test

This is our South Dakota DMV Test simulator – same passing score and number of questions as the real test, different EVERY TIME you re-take this test.

Study on the go, download our FREE app

               

SD Alcohol/Drugs

Never drive under the influence! Take this FREE SD permit practice test to learn all about alcohol and drugs while driving, including regulations related to DUI and penalties specific to SD.

SD Intersection

Accidents often occur at intersections. Take this FREE SD permit practice test to learn all about intersections, including right-of-ways, rules, sharing the road, etc.

SD Lane Change

How do you change lanes? Take this FREE SD permit practice test to learn all about lane changes, including right-of-ways, blind spots, and the proper signals.

SD Lights

Traffic lights are signalling devices that control flows of traffic to promote safe driving. Take this FREE SD permit practice test to learn all about traffic lights and what they mean.

SD Parking

Parking is an essential part of driving. Take this FREE SD permit practice test to learn all about parking, including how to park, where to park, and rules of parking.

SD Regulation

Traffic regulations are rules that you must follow to promote safe driving. Take this FREE SD permit practice test to learn all about regulations pertaining to your state.

SD Signal

Signalling is a way to communicate with other road users. Take this FREE SD permit practice test to learn all about signalling rules and hand signals.

SD Signs

How well do you know your traffic signs? Take this FREE SD permit practice test to learn all about different types of traffic signs, what they mean, and how to react to them.

SD Speed

Speed limits are set to promote safe driving. Take this FREE SD permit practice test to learn all about the how fast you can drive on various roadways and in different areas of your state.

SD Symbols

Symbols and colors can tell you a lot. Take this FREE SD permit practice test to learn all about traffic symbols, including where they are used and how to interpret them.

SD Traffic

Traffic is the movement of road users. Take this FREE SD permit practice test to learn all about traffic rules, safe practices, and how to share the road with other road users.

SD Vehicle

Do you know how to operate the lights on your vehicle? Take this FREE SD permit practice test to learn all about vehicle lights, where they are, and when to use them.

SD Other

Driving is not simple. Take this FREE SD permit practice test to learn all other important aspects of driving, including emergency responses and driving exceptions.

Applying for your SD License

What is the minimum age to apply for a driving permit in South Dakota?

In Connecticut, you may apply for your learner’s permit starting at age 16.

What documents will I need to submit when applying for a driver's license in South Dakota?

 

If it is your first time applying for a license in South Dakota, you will need to have:

  • Proof of identity and date of birth such as a Certified U.S. birth certificate, valid unexpired U.S. passport, or Certificate of Citizenship
  • Proof of Social Security Number
  • Two Proofs of SD Residential Address (parents may provide for minors)

 

How do I contact my nearest South Dakota DPS office?

 

Driver’s licenses are issued at local South Dakota DPS offices. Here’s a list of South Dakota DPS offices.

 

Getting Ready for Your SD Permit Test

On the South Dakota permit test, what will I be tested on?

The permit test is comprised of written questions about South Dakota state-specific traffic laws, road signs, and rules of safe driving. The test questions have been created from material found in the South Dakota Driver’s Manual and cover a range of topics including vehicle safety responsibility, right-of-way, signals, signs, and markers, parking, stopping, and standing, alcohol and drug impact on the driving ability, and more. In addition to passing the written exam, you will also need to pass a vision screening.

What is the best way to study for the South Dakota permit test?

Although the SD driver’s handbook is the source of truth when it comes to writing the South Dakota permit test, it can be confusing to study from it. Our FREE SD DMV Practice Tests contain questions that are 100% accurate and based on the driver’s manual. We break down the topics into 13 easy to understand practice tests. Focus on road signs, speeding limits, traffic violations, defensive driving techniques and proper yielding situations. And whenever you answer a question, you tell you WHY on the spot so you won’t make the same mistake again. When you are done studying the individual topics, take our FREE SD DMV marathon test and SD DMV permit test simulator to assess your readiness for the real test. Remember, you can take our prep tests as many times as you want until you are 100% ready.

Is driver’s education required in order to get an South Dakota learner’s permit?

No, but if you’re under 18 you can take it in order to get your license in 90 days instead of 180 days.

Is there a mobile South Dakota DMV Practice Test app for my iPhone/iPad and/or android device(s)?

Yes, there is. In fact, our FREE DMV Practice Test app (DMV Hub) has over 2 million downloads to date. We make passing the DMV permit test even easier with features like smart timer and in-app analytical tools that tell you if you are ready to take the real test or not. You can download our app from the App Store or Google Play.

How many questions are on the South Dakota DMV Test?

The South Dakota permit test consists of 25 multiple choice questions.

What's the passing mark for the South Dakota DMV Test?

You must score 20 out of 25 questions correctly to pass the South Dakota permit test.

Taking Your SD Permit Test

How do I sign up for my permit test in South Dakota?

To sign up for your permit test in South Dakota, simply find a local DPS office when you’re ready to apply.

Which DPS office should I go to take my permit test in South Dakota?

It doesn’t matter which DPS office you go to, but most people choose to go to a DPS office nearest to them. To find out where the DPS offices are located at, visit the DPS Offices page.

How do I pass the South Dakota permit test?

To pass your South Dakota permit test, you are expected to know South Dakota traffic laws, road signs, and rules for safe driving. All material will be taken from the South Dakota Driver’s License manual, which is what our FREE DMV practice test questions are based on. Subjects will cover sharing the road, meaning of road signs, navigating Intersections, speeding consequences, drinking and driving laws.

There are 25 multiple choice questions on the permit test. You need to get at least 80% in order to pass. Remember, You are NOT allowed to use the driver’s handbook during your permit test. You are being tested on your ability to recall the rules of the road. Prepare yourself before you go in and you will see that you can do well without the manual.

Next Steps

I failed my South Dakota permit test, what should I do?

If you failed your written test, you won’t be given a permit. You can take the test again. You have 3 chances to test for each fee paid within a 6 month period.

I passed my South Dakota permit test! Now what?

Congratulations!

If you are over 18 years old, may go ahead and apply for their road test.

If you are under 18 years old, you need to hold their permit for at least 180 days (90 days if they successfully completed an approved Department of Education driver education course).

When can I take my road test?

After getting your learner’s permit, you must wait at least 180 days if you are under 18 before you can take your road test. If you are over 18 you can apply for the road test.

During this time period, teens under 18 can reduce the wait from 180 days to 90 days if you complete driver’s education.

Who may I have in the car with me while driving in South Dakota with a learner's permit?

If you’re under 18, you must have a parent/legal guardian with you at all times. If you’re 18 or older, you only need a licensed driver age 21 or older in the front seat with you.

New to South Dakota

Will I have to pass a road test when I move to South Dakota from another state?

Usually no road test is required. However, that is up to the discretion of the examiner.

Is my out-of-state learners permit valid in South Dakota?

Yes, you may drive with you out-of-state learner’s permit in South Dakota. You must adhere to the rules of both your home state and South Dakota.

Where do I find more driving-related information when moving to South Dakota?

If you have further questions regarding driving in South Dakota,  you should visit the South Dakota DPS website.

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