South Dakota License Plate Search

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License Plate VIN / Vehicle History

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License Plate VIN / Vehicle History

How to Lookup Any South Dakota License Plate Number

1. Private databases purchase, organize, and sell information to consumers. These databases are run by private companies, not State or Federal government organizations. This is the easiest option for consumers looking for information because it involves the least amount of work.

Our sponsors are an example of a private database that sells information. Simply start your search by typing a license plate number in the search field on the right.

2. Another option is to request the information from the state. For the state of South Dakota, the form you need is located here:
South Dakota Vehicle Records Request Form

3. One more option is to hire a private investigator. This is the most expensive option, but it could prove useful.

South Dakota State Motor Vehicle Agency:

South Dakota Department of Motor Vehicles

445 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501



The recovery of license plate records varies by state. In some cases, license plate and driving records may only be accessible by the registered owner of the vehicle. In addition, there may be a fee to access the information.

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety is another agency that keeps driving and license plate related records in South Dakota. Contacting this agency, you may find information related to drivers licenses, registrations, renewals, and more.

South Dakota Department of Public Safety  contact info:
Phone Number: 605-773-3178
Office Address: 118 West Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501

The South Dakota Department of Transportation also keeps records related to license plates, registrations, and driving records along with numerous other services.

South Dakota Department of Transportation contact info:
Phone Number: 605-773-3265

South Dakota DMV Online Resources

Many services are available through the South Dakota DMV online resources. There are vehicle and driver information. Many services are available listed are some of the most common.

Apply for a driver’s license or driver’s permit – Apply for a driver’s, motorcycle, or commercial driver’s license.

Renew your driver’s license – Each driver’s license is valid for 5 years. It is important to renew before it expires.

Schedule a drivers license renewal appointment online.

Replace a lost or damaged driver’s license.

Apply for an ID card.

Traffic tickets – We accept payment for traffic tickets online with a credit card.

Make a change of address – If you move, it is important to keep your address current with the DMV. This ensures that all important paperwork is sent to the correct individual.

Make a name change online with the state and beyond.

Register to vote in South Dakota.

South Dakota Driver’s License Testing and Educational Services

Schedule a road test appointment online.

Enroll in drivers education to prepare you for the permit or license test.

Take drivers training to get behind-the-wheel practice.

Take a SD drivers license practice test.

Take a SD drivers permit practice test.

Take a SD commercial drivers license (CDL) practice test.

Take a SD motorcycle license practice test.

Sign up for a drivers license prep course.

Study a South Dakota Cheat Sheet and improve your chances for passing the written test.

Most Common Vehicle Services (online and otherwise)

Register your vehicle for the first time in South Dakota.

Renew your South Dakota vehicle registration online.

Sign up for SD vehicle registration renewal reminders online.

Replace a lost or damaged title or registration.

Learn more on SD smog check and emissions testing requirements.

Obtain South Dakota license plates.

Search available South Dakota personalized plates online.

Vehicle Buying and Selling Services

Obtain a South Dakota seller’s permit.

Report a vehicle sale to the SD MVD.

Obtain a Bill of Sale.

Order a vehicle history report for a used car, RV or motorcycle.

Purchase an auto warranty.

Get an auto loan.

Many others services are available online or otherwise. It is important to research what’s available online and what needs to be done via mail or in person.