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Mail Services​

Absolutely!  We love to see our customers face to face! Our office hours are: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.

Your new address will be our physical street address with a unique PMB #.

EXAMPLE:

John and Susan Doe
3916 N Potsdam Ave PMB00011
Sioux Falls, SD 57104-7048

South Dakota Residency

– Appear in person at a SD Driver Testing Agency
– Pass a Basic Vision Test, if over 65 years old a vision statement form is required. 
– Surrender your current valid Driver’s License
– Bring Receipt demonstrating proof of a SD Mailing Address (request and we will provide this to you)
– Bring Receipt of one night stay in SD (stay must be less than 1 year old)
– Cost = $28 (cash only) and your license is valid for five years.

  • You can now renew your driver’s license through the mail.  You will still need to provide a copy of a receipt of your stay in South Dakota (receipt needs to be less than a year old).  But this option will hopefully save you a trip back to South Dakota during the colder months!

You must bring one of the following items to prove identity, date of birth and lawful status:

  • Valid unexpired U.S. passport
  • Certified U.S. birth certificate
  • Valid unexpired permanent resident card
  • Valid unexpired employment authorization document
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Foreign passport with valid unexpired U.S. Visa with I-94
  • Certificate of Citizenship

You must also bring one of the following items to serve as proof of your Social Security Number.

  • Social Security card
  • SSA 1099 Form
  • Non-SSA 1099 Form
  • W-2 Form
  • Pay stub (must include name and social security number)

Please note if your last name is different on one of your IDs, you will need to provide the necessary documentation on why it is (birth certificate, marriage certificate, etc)

You will also need to fill out a Residency Affidavit Form, available at all South Dakota Driver’s License station or download and print the form here.
CLICK HERE

 

Yes you can. Voter Registration forms are available through the South Dakota Secretary of State office or CLICK HERE to download the necessary forms. To register to vote, you will need to complete the South Dakota Voter Registration Form.

Your Voter Registration form with an original signature must be received by the auditor 15 days before any election if you wish to vote in that election. South Dakota law does not allow you to submit your voter registration form via fax or email.

If you are unable to attend your polling place in person on Election Day, you may be eligible to vote by absentee ballot. To vote by absentee ballot, a voter must request an absentee ballot application from your County Election Official. The County Election Official will send a paper absentee ballot to the voter. The voter then completes the ballot and returns it to the County Election Official.

Voter Registration Form

Absentee Ballot Application

Vehicle Registration

Yes we can and we will! We can assist over the phone and through the mail, just be sure to be enrolled for our mail forwarding service, then contact us and schedule an appointment.

No you do not, be sure to check out other states that are popular with mail service providers as some require you to have it inspected when registering and for renewals.

Your SD registration renewal month is based on the first letter of your last name:

  • A / B – January
  • C / D / E – February
  • F / G / J – March
  • H / I / O – May
  • K / L – June
  • M / N – July
  • P / Q / R – August
  • S – September
  • T/U/V/W/X/Y/Z – November

Example:  If your last name begins with “R,” your first request for your registration will be issued with an expiration/renewal in August. If you request to register in May, your plates will expire in August. The annual fee will be prorated for you on the first year so you will only pay for the few months of actual time (ie: May to August).

Upon your renewal in August, it will then be a full year registration and will always be due to be renewed in August.

  • Contact Karen at DakotaPost at 605.332.3711 to assist with your renewals if you have received your registration renewal card.  If you do not receive a registration renewal card, you can renew online at www.sdcars.org.

Your SD registration renewal month is based on the first letter of your last name:

  • A / B – January
  • C / D / E – February
  • F / G / J – March
  • H / I / O – May
  • K / L – June
  • M / N – July
  • P / Q / R – August
  • S – September
  • T/U/V/W/X/Y/Z – November

Example:  If your last name begins with “R,” your first request for your registration will be issued with an expiration/renewal in August. If you request to register in May, your plates will expire in August. The annual fee will be prorated for you on the first year so you will only pay for the few months of actual time (ie: May to August).

Upon your renewal in August, it will then be a full year registration and will always be due to be renewed in August.

Contact Karen at DakotaPost at 605.332.3711 to assist with your renewals if you have received your registration renewal card.  If you do not receive a registration renewal card, you can renew online at www.sdcars.org.

Your SD registration renewal month is based on the first letter of your last name:

  • A / B – January
  • C / D / E – February
  • F / G / J – March
  • H / I / O – May
  • K / L – June
  • M / N – July
  • P / Q / R – August
  • S – September
  • T/U/V/W/X/Y/Z – November

Example:  If your last name begins with “R,” your first request for your registration will be issued with an expiration/renewal in August. If you request to register in May, your plates will expire in August. The annual fee will be prorated for you on the first year so you will only pay for the few months of actual time (ie: May to August).

Upon your renewal in August, it will then be a full year registration and will always be due to be renewed in August.

Contact Karen at DakotaPost at 605.332.3711 to assist with your renewals if you have received your registration renewal card.  If you do not receive a registration renewal card, you can renew online at www.sdcars.org.

NO.  In most cases, the dealership does not have to do your registration.

The State requires titles for all vehicle registrations. 

We can write to the lender for your title.  At the time of the appointment (either by phone or in person) with vehicle registration, you will need to have the lender name and address, your loan or account number, and a fax number or email address where the letter requesting the title be sent to South Dakota can be sent. 

Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for the title to be sent from the lender to South Dakota. We will write the letter and send same day of the appointment.  We can only write for the title and must allow 30 days before we can send a 2nd request.  We cannot call the lender, but you can.

No, vehicles must be registered in the same County as your address.

Unloaded vehicle weight (sometimes called dry, curb, or shipping) is the weight of the vehicle when it came off the line at the factory. 

South Dakota uses this weight to calculate the license fees.  Documentation of this weight is needed for all motorhomes, 5th wheels, travel trailers, and any and all trailers.  Most times documentation can be found in the vehicle itself on a specification sticker in the unit. 

Mail Forwarding

Any requests made before 5 pm CST will be processed the same day and sent the following business day.
Example: I requested my mail at 4 pm CST Tuesday. It will be processed Tuesday and sent Wednesday.

Any requests sent after 5 pm CST will be processed the following business day then sent the next business day.
Example: I requested my mail Tuesday at 7 pm CST. It will be processed Wednesday and sent Thursday.

Any requests made after 5 pm CST Friday – Sunday will be processed Monday and sent Tuesday.