South Dakota

A rapidly growing number of senior drivers on our nation’s highways has prompted many states to develop special tools, programs and resources to assist older adults and their families to better manage safe driving.

Many states also have enacted driver’s licensing laws with special provisions for older adults. Summarized below are programs and licensing laws that exist in the great state of South Dakota.

Licensing policies for older adults vary from state to state. In South Dakota, motorists are required to renew their driver’s licenses in person and pass a vision test every five years. Drivers may renew electronically or by mail every other renewal.

Vision Testing: Drivers age 65 and older must submit a statement from an optometrist or ophthalmologist to renew remotely.

Almost every state, including South Dakota, has a process for reporting a potentially unsafe driver to its licensing office or department of motor vehicles. Law enforcement officers and physicians represent the majority of individuals submitting reports, although concerned citizens also can do so. If a state agency finds a complaint reasonable and credible, it may ask the reported driver to submit additional information, which could be used to help determine if a screening or assessment is justified.

Visit the South Dakota Department of Public Safety website to learn more about the process and possible outcomes. You will be required to provide your name and contact information.


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