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There’s no way you can get the free ice water at Wall Drug or pay homage to some fine presidential heads on Mt. Rushmore without a license to drive a motor vehicle. Luckily, we’re turning the badlands into something a little better with fully comprehensive DMV practice tests for those who want to ace the licensing exam. Looking to ride a chopper to the Sturgis rally? We have sample tests for motorcyclists too, including an example that looks just like the real thing. Did you want to haul corn to the Mitchell Corn Palace? You’ll likely need a commercial vehicle license, something we can also accommodate. And with step-by-step instructions, you’ll be confident you have everything in order for the DMV.

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SD DMV driver's license

The farms that fill the space between Sioux Falls and Rapid City need diligent truck driver’s, ready to carry away what they create to the nation and beyond. If you want to be part of that proud work force, you need a South Dakota commercial driver’s license (CDL). For license paperwork the fee is $33 but prices vary on skill test fees (never more than $90). In addition to the skill test you’ll need to take some pretty extensive exams that include information about commercial driver regulations as well as those of specific endorsements like passenger and school busses, doubles/triples, tank vehicles, hazardous materials, or air brake restriction removal. The test preparedness modules we have give you questions and exams that feel just like the real thing. And our cheat sheets will make sure that you are ready to pass the first time.

Easy (200 questions)
Hard (251 questions)
Hardest (95 questions)
Behind-the-wheel portion of the exam (112 questions)

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South Dakota Driver’s License & Permit FAQ

How Can I Apply for my SD Driver’s License? Frequently Asked Questions

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  • At what age can I apply for a permit in South Dakota?

    You are eligible for a learner’s permit starting at age 14.
  • What documents will I need when I go to apply for my license in SD?

    Your will need:
    1. Proof of identity and date of birth such as a Certified U.S. birth certificate, valid unexpired U.S. passport, or Certificate of Citizenship
    2. Proof of Social Security Number
    3. Two Proofs of SD Residential Address (parents may provide for minors)
  • Where is the nearest place I can go to apply for a driver’s license in SD?

    You may apply for a South Dakota license at any exam station in the state.
  • Is it easy to contact my nearest SD Driver’s License Office?

    You may contact any SD Driver’s License Office by specific location or call 1-800-952-3696.
  • Who is allowed to bring me for my permit test in SD?

    Your parent or legal guardian must bring you in order to sign your driver’s license application.
  • Is a physical required in order to get a permit in South Dakota?

    A physical examination isn’t required when getting your license in SD.
  • Is a vision test necessary when I go to apply for my SD driver’s license?

    Yes, you are required to pass a vision test.
  • Where do I get a photo for my South Dakota driver’s license taken?

    Your photo will be taken the same day you get your license.
  • What happens after I apply for my South Dakota driver’s license?

    After you’ve gotten your learner’s permit, you should hold it for at least 180 days (90 days if you’ve taken a state approved driver’s education course). After those days are up, you may apply for your full driver’s license.
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General Knowledge (330 questions)
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171 Most Frequently Asked General Knowledge Questions

Pass your SD CDL General Knowledge Exam with this exclusive cheat sheet. This printable PDF e-book contains the DMV's 171 most frequently asked General Knowledge questions with the correct answers. It's perfect as a review right before your exam, and is applicable across all of the United States.

Hazardous Materials (HazMat) (101 questions)
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50 Most Frequently Asked HazMat Questions

Pass your SD CDL HazMat Endorsement Exam with this exclusive cheat sheet. This printable PDF e-book contains the DMV's 50 most frequently asked Hazardous Materials questions with the correct answers. It's perfect as a review right before your exam, and is applicable across all of the United States.

School Bus (72 questions)
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55 Most Frequently Asked School Bus Questions

Pass your SD CDL School Bus Endorsement Exam with this exclusive cheat sheet. This printable PDF e-book contains the DMV's 55 most frequently asked School Bus questions with the correct answers. It's perfect as a review right before your exam, and is applicable across all of the United States.

Passenger Vehicles (67 questions)
Air Brakes (119 questions)
Combination Vehicles (99 questions)
Double/Triple Trailers (60 questions)
Tanker Vehicles (61 questions)
Pre-Trip Inspection (60 questions)

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