How to Complete a DMV Change of Address in South Dakota

You can complete a change of address with the South Dakota Driver Licensing Office in person, online, or by mail.
Written by Rob Shapiro
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
Updated on Mar 23, 2023
South Dakota does not have a requirement for how quickly you need to update the address on your driver’s license. The state’s process allows you to change your address online, by mail, or in person when you renew your license. However, new South Dakota residents have 90 days to update their address with the DMV.
No one likes moving day. It’s long, tenuous, stressful, and draining. There are few things as satisfying as watching an empty moving truck drive away from your new home. You might be tempted to sit down, exhale, and relax for the rest of the week. 
Unfortunately, there is a bit of bureaucracy you need to take care of pertaining to your new address. To make your change of address official in South Dakota, you will have to complete the required paperwork and submit it online, by mail, or, in some cases, visit a local DMV. 
We get the stress of moving and that's why we've created this guide to the South Dakota change of address process.
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How to change your address on a South Dakota driver’s license

Completing an official change of address in South Dakota is pretty straightforward.If you’re moving within the state, you’ll have convenient options to change your address. If you’re moving to South Dakota, you must visit a DMV location after establishing residency. 
Between the ease of doing it online and the number of DMV locations in South Dakota, it’s pretty easy to perform a change of address on your driver’s license.

If you’re moving within South Dakota 

It doesn’t matter if you’re uprooting your life from
Rapid City
or simply moving one street over in
Sioux City
, you’ll have to change your address with the South Dakota Driver Licensing Office. 
The process isn’t too cumbersome or overwhelming. The first thing to know is that South Dakota does not have a requirement for how quickly you need to update the address on your driver’s license if you move within the state.
You are required to change your address, though, when you renew your license. Start by going to the
South Dakota Department of Public Safety Driver’s License Eligibility and Renewal Check page
. Here, you’ll be able to confirm if you are eligible to renew your license. 
If you are able to renew, you’ll have a few options (online, by mail, or in-person). To
renew your license online
, you will need:
  • Your driver’s license or ID card number
  • Your date of birth
  • The last four digits of your Social Security number
  • Two documents that prove your address.
Remember, if you are younger than 18 years old, a parent or guardian will have to complete and submit a
parental consent form
. Finally, you can submit by uploading, emailing, or faxing the application. 
Also, you are allowed to mail your application (with two documents that prove your residency and are not handwritten) to: 
118 West Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
You must also meet the following criteria:
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident
  • You must have an unexpired and federally-compliant ID (with a gold star in the upper right corner) or a driver’s license.
  • If you’re 65 or older, you need a vision statement that is less than one year old.
There are some instances where you will need to visit a DMV:
  • You haven’t applied in person in the last 10 years
  • You also want to change your name
  • You also want to change your license class, CDL class, or endorsement
  • You need to take a driving test
  • You need to update your status with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
The fee to update your South Dakota driver’s license is $28 plus an additional administrative fee of $2.00
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If you’re moving to South Dakota from another state

South Dakota gives new residents 90 days to complete their change of address at the South Dakota DMV. The clock starts ticking once you establish your residency in the state. 
As a former out-of-state resident, you can get a new driver’s license by:
  • Visiting the South Dakota Driver Exam Station
  • Showing proof of lawful status in the U.S., proof of Social Security, proof of South Dakota residency, and your current driver’s license
New residents cannot do a change of address online or over the phone.The fee for a new driver’s license in South Dakota is $28. 

Where else to do a South Dakota change of address

You should also update your mailing address with the United States Postal Service (USPS) after you move. Complete this
change of address form
to make sure your mail and packages don’t get lost in transit or parked at a far away depot.  

How to notify your insurance company of your South Dakota change of address

It’s important to notify your insurance company of your new address. Failure to do so could result in a lapse in your coverage. 
In most cases, you just need to call your agent or broker. Some companies do offer an app or online portal where you can manage your information. 

Why notifying your insurance company of a change of address is so important

You could face punishment if you are pulled over for speeding and your insurance is not what you thought it was.
South Dakota insurance laws
mandate that all drivers have the minimum amount of liability insurance and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. 
Let’s say you forget to notify your insurance provider, and your coverage lapses, you could be vulnerable to fines and or having your registration or license suspended.
One reason why it’s important to update your address with your provider is that most insurance companies use an address to set a rate. If your address (or ZIP code) changes and your insurance company is unaware, you could potentially be committing fraud. 
Not updating your address with your insurance company could net you a sky-high rate on all your insurance products for years.   

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The simple act of moving to a new ZIP code could result in higher
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Yes, you can do so
but some instances require you to complete the process in person.
Yes. All new residents must apply for a South Dakota driver’s license within 90 days of establishing residency.
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