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Welcome to South Dakota! As a new driver to this state you will need to be aware of our unique traffic laws and regulations. Here's what you need to keep in mind while driving in South Dakota. Some of these rules may be the same as what you're already used to, but others will be drastically different!
You are required to have a South Dakota driver license if you live here for more than 90 days. If you are a commercial driver license holder, you must apply for a South Dakota license within 30 days. If you move to South Dakota and bring with you a vehicle that was previously titled in another state, you have 90 days from the date of arrival to obtain a South Dakota title.
|Driving while Intoxicated||10 Points|
|Reckless Driving||8 Points|
|Eluding/Attempting to Elude||6 Points|
|Drag Racing||6 Points|
|Failure to Yield Right of Way||4 Points|
|Improper Passing||4 Points|
|Driving Wrong Side of Roadway||4 Points|
|Stop Sign/Light Violation||3 Points|
|Other moving violations||2 Points|
Any operator who accumulates 15 points in any 12 consecutive months, or 22 points in any 24 consecutive months is subject to driver license suspension.
|First Suspension||60 Days Maximum|
|Second Suspension||6 Months Maximum|
|Subsequent Suspension||1 Year Maximum|
South Dakota requires the owner of a vehicle to purchase insurance or provide proof of financial responsibility.
South Dakota requires a minimum limit of $25,000 bodily injury liability insurance per son, $50,000 total bodily injury liability per accident, and $25,000 property damage liability per accident.
You must dim your headlights from high to low beam when you are within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle, or when following another vehicle.
You must use your headlights:
There is no specific law allowing or prohibiting headlight flashing.
License Revocation for 1 year.
South Dakota allows bottles of wine to be resealed using a specified tamper-evident procedure, in accordance with statutory or regulatory requirements, as an exception to its open container prohibition.
South Dakota does not have a state law governing red light fines or the use of traffic cameras for red light enforcement.
Signal your intention to turn or change lanes at least 100 feet in advance.
Hazard light use is permitted.
There is no specific law regarding minimum safe passing distance.
You may not drive off the roadway to pass on the right.