South Dakota
Driving Practice Test

If you want to pass your South Dakota driving test on the first try, it’s wise to prepare by taking a free online South Dakota practice driving test. This site contains a number of free practice tests with questions similar to those you’ll see on both the South Dakota driving permit test as well as the driver’s license test. You’ll need to score 80 percent on the South Dakota written knowledge test to pass, so you’ll want to spend a significant amount of time working through the questions on these tests and becoming familiar with South Dakota’s road signs and driving laws. This site also contains practice tests for South Dakota commercial driver licensing (CDLs) and motorcycle tests, which are also both free. You will be presented with 25 questions and you must answer 20 questions correctly to pass.  There is no time limit.  You may not go back once you answer a question.  Click the “Start Test” button below to begin.  Good luck!

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Drivers License

How To Get A STATE Drivers License

South Dakota as a graduated driver’s license system with three tiers. You start with a learner’s permit, then a minor’s restricted driver’s license, and finally a full license. To obtain your learner’s permit, you must be 14 years old and bring proof of your identity, social security number, and residence proof to your local DMV. An adult must accompany you and sign your application, and this person must be at least 18 years old and have been driving for one year. You must pass a vision test, along with a 25 question written test with an 80 percent or better.
There are interpreters and an oral exam available upon request. You are allowed a total of three attempts to pass both the written and the skills test each time you submit an application and fees. If you fail, you must wait one day to retake them. You must hold this permit for one year and complete 50 hours of supervised driving time, 10 of which are at night. There is a $28 fee for this permit.
To obtain your restricted minor’s license, you must be 15 years old and complete a driver’s education course and 50 hours of supervised, documented driving. You must also pass a driving exam, and pass a safe driving South Dakota DMV test, which is the written portion of the exam. The final step is paying a $15 fee. Once you turn 16, your license will automatically turn into an unrestricted license if you have followed these steps.
If you recently moved into the state, you have 90 days to pay your $28 fee and take the vision exam to get your license switched over to a South Dakota driver’s license.

Pass The Test

How To Pass the STATE Driver’s License Test

The best way to pass any test is with proper preparation. The South Dakota permit test and driver’s license tests are no exception. If you want to pass, we suggest you keep the following tips in mind.

  • Get the essential organized beforehand. The night before your exam, or earlier, make sure you have all of your necessary documentation and fees. There’s no need stressing yourself out or being late because you’re looking for paperwork at the last minute.
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  • Study like crazy! Between the state driver’s manual and free South Dakota driving test questions like the ones on this site, you need to spend as much time as possible getting to know every single piece of information you can possibly obtain so you won’t be surprised on test day.
  • Get a good night’s sleep and make sure you eat before the test. You want to be at the top of your game to make sure your mind is clear and sharp on test day. That won’t happen if you’re sleepy or hungry.

Additional Information

Information on the South Dakota DPS (Department of Public Safety)

For information on South Dakota driver’s licenses and testing, you can find more information on the South Dakota Department of Public Safety website at

Phone: 605.773.6883

To find South Dakota Department of Public Safety locations, use the branch locator on our website:

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