28May 2015

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety (DPS) is responsible for keeping and issuing of driving records or motor vehicle record (MVR) in South Dakota. Your South Dakota driving records contains details about your driving history, such as: Traffic accidents, violations, convictions (including DUI), driver license suspensions, revocations and cancellations, points on your SD driver’s license and restrictions, if applicable.

In South Dakota you can order for a copy of your driving record either in person or by mail. To order for your driving record by mail you need a completed South Dakota Driver Licensing Request from Record Holder and the required payment which should be made by check. Mail the payments and the completed form to:

Driver Licensing
118 W. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501-2036

For you to order for your driving record in person, you have to apply from any of the following South Dakota DMV exam stations:

  • Aberdeen Exam Station: 2729 W. Highway 12.
  • Brookings Exam Station: 910 4th Street.
  • Mitchell Exam Station: 1315 N. Main St., Suite 100.
  • Rapid City Exam Station: 1301 E. Catron Blvd.
  • Watertown Exam Station: 2001 9th Ave. SW, Suite 100.
  • Yankton Exam Station: 3113 Spruce St., Suite 109.

You will need to provide a completed South Dakota Driver Licensing Request from Record Holder, proof of identity such as your South Dakota driver’s license, a valid U.S. passport or a certified birth certificate and the required payment.  The state does not provide free driving records; you will therefore have to pay a small fee of $5 to obtain your driving record.

Under the Driver Privacy Protection Act (DPPA), your driving record can only be accessed by:

  • Anyone with written permission from you.
  • Auto insurance companies.
  • Employers conducting background checks or employment screenings.
  • Civil, criminal and administrative courts

For more information visit the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

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