If you are looking for your own South Dakota driving records information, it can be obtained in several ways. Anyone can begin the process to obtain their personal South Dakota driving records by visiting the state’s DMV (in South Dakota, the Department of Public Safety) or its website.
DPS South Dakota Driving Records Request
The Department of Public Safety of South Dakota provides driving records for only 3 years prior to the request; these records may generally only be obtained from DPS about yourself. In order to request your own record, you can download the necessary form from the state’s DPS website and mail it in, along with a $5 fee. The 3-year record will be returned to you by mail.
An alternative means of obtaining your driving record from South Dakota is to visit one of seven driver exam stations, where you can attend in person with proof of identity and the required $5 fee.
South Dakota businesses or insurers seeking the driving records of others for employment, insurance, licensed investigative, or other business purposes can also submit a form by mail and pay a fee to receive 3-year driving records of specific individuals.
Online South Dakota Driving Records Request
The alternative to this process to receive South Dakota driving records is to visit and use an online public records database. A public records database of this type will allow you to receive South Dakota driving records almost instantly online, rather than waiting for your application to be processed by mail. Of course, you will need the full name of the South Dakota driver in order to perform the records request; however, you will be able to perform searches without visiting a driver exam center or submitting forms that may be useless. This information is legally available online under the federal Freedom of Information Act.
Of course, it must be noted that many people share similar or identical names, and additional information may be needed to verify the accuracy of the record for a specific person. Online copies are typically only suitable for verification purposes; driving records for employment or insurance most likely require an official copy, available through South Dakota’s DPS.