What is the driving age in South Dakota?

My teenage daughter wants to start driving herself to school, but we’re now in South Dakota, and I have not learned what the state’s license requirements are just yet. What’s the driving age in South Dakota?

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Answer provided by
Mariza Morin
Answered on Apr 13, 2022
Good for your daughter! The driving age in South Dakota is 14 years old to obtain an instruction permit.
Here are the steps:
  • Your child must bring the required documents to an SD licensing location to apply for an instruction permit. If she hasn’t completed a state-approved driver’s education course, she’ll need to take a knowledge test.
  • With the instruction permit, she can operate a vehicle only under the supervision of a licensed adult driver at all times.
  • After at least 275 days with the permit, she can apply for a Restricted Minor’s Permit and take the drive test.
To get a full operator’s license, your daughter must:
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Meet all the conditions under the instruction permit
  • Have driven under the restricted permit for six months conviction-free
  • Have written approval from a parent or legal guardian
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