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South Dakota Teen Auto Insurance

Like many other states, South Dakota has adopted a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) system. This is intended to reduce the number of accidents caused inexperienced teenage drivers. The system is designed to gradually introduce inexperienced drivers to more and more driving privileges as they gain behind-the-wheel experience culminating in an official South Dakota driver license.

South Dakota Graduated Driver License Requirements
The GDL is intended for aspiring drivers as young as 14.

The first step in the South Dakota GDL is an instruction permit:

  • Must be at least 14 years old
  • Parent or legal guardian must be present and sign the application or consent form
  • Provide Social Security card
  • Provide proof of age
  • Provide proof of identity
  • Pass written and vision tests

The driver must hold the permit for at least 6 months in order to apply for a restricted driving permit. It is also recommended completing a state-approved driver education course. This also allows a teen to apply for their restricted license after only 3 months.

In order to apply for the Restricted License, the teen must be at least 16 years old, pass a vision and written exam, and a clean driving record 6 months prior to applying. It will ultimately up to the South Dakota DMV when the teen is allowed to apply.

South Dakota Teen Driver Restrictions
  • Permit holder must be accompanied by a licensed driver, at least 18 years older, seated in the passenger seat at all times. The supervising driver must also have had their license for at least one year.
  • Restricted license holders may not drive between 10 pm and 6 am without the supervision of a licensed parent or legal guardian, and may not drive at any other tie without their written permission.
  • Violating any of these conditions could delay licensing or result in loss of driving privileges until the teen’s 18th birthday.