South Dakota Registration

In South Dakota the annual renewal month is determined by the first letter of the owner’s last name or the first letter of the company’s name (see table to the left). Registrations may be renewed within 90 days of expiration, which is on the last day of the renewal month.

Registrations cannot be renewed by anyone other than the owner without written authorization from the owner or the renewal card from the state. If your plates, decals, or registration card has been lost or stolen please see our FAQ.

Know your county- if you live in Box Elder your physical address could be either Pennington County or Meade County. South Dakota residents must register their vehicles in the county they reside.

Renewal Options

South Dakota DMV Now Kiosks: Pennington County has three self-service kiosks available to assist the public in renewing their county vehicle registration and may be used to renew ANY county registration across South Dakota. Use of the kiosks requires a South Dakota driver’s license or ID and the user must be an owner listed on the title. They are not able to process renewals under a business name only, with an out of state driver’s license or ID, or by a non-owner of the vehicle.

     Kiosk Locations:

  • County Administration Building (Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

     130 Kansas City Street, Rapid City, SD 57701

  •  South Dakota One-Stop Complex (Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

     211 Mall Drive, Rapid City, SD 57701 (Located in the Department of Revenue main entrance)

  •  SD Driver’s License Exam Station (Available during regular business hours)

     1301 Catron Blvd, Rapid City, SD 57701

Additional kiosk locations in other counties may be found on DOR’s Website. The kiosks can also update your contact information, file a report of sale, print a seller’s permit, renew your driver’s license or apply for a duplicate SD driver’s License or ID card.

 Convenience fees apply.

 SDCars Online Portal: Registrations may be renewed by vehicle owners online with their South Dakota driver’s license or ID. When renewing online you must renew at least 10 days before the registration expiration date, and the registration will be mailed to the address on record. If you need to update your address you will need to contact your County Treasurer’s Office to process the renewal.

With the Pennington County Treasurers

There are three ways to renew your registration with the Treasurer’s Office- in person, by mail, or by phone.

To renew in person, you will need to present your driver’s license or ID (if you have an out of state driver’s license or ID you will need to provide your SSN) and provide a valid phone number. Only an owner listed on the vehicle title will be able to renew the registration unless you have written authorization from the owner or the renewal card from the state. At the counter we accept cash, personal checks, cashier’s checks, money orders, and credit cards.

To renew through the mail, send in the renewal card for the vehicles along with the appropriate payment, including the postage and handling fees shown on the card (you must add the postage listed to the total on the bottom of the card). Allow two weeks for processing. Through the mail we accept cashier’s checks, money orders, or personal checks with a physical Pennington County address. Checks with a PMB or PO Box address are not accepted. Please send your request to Pennington County Treasurer’s Office at PO Box 6160, Rapid City, SD 57709.

To renew over the phone, please call our office from 8am – 11am or 1pm to 4:30 MST Monday through Thursday at 605-394-2163. You will need to provide your South Dakota driver’s license or ID number, or your SSN. Only an owner listed on the vehicle will be able to renew the registration without written authorization or the renewal card from the state being sent to our office. Service fees apply to all credit card payments and we must speak with the issued card holder to accept payment over the phone.

Payment Options

Our system is not setup to take prepaid debit cards, gift cards or loaded employee payroll cards.

Checks, Money Orders, and Cashier’s Checks should be made payable to Pennington County Treasurer.

     No counter, starter, or out of state checks will be accepted.

Cash

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards are accepted and subject to a 2.49% service charge. The issued card holder must be present with valid ID for the card to be accepted.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the registration fees for a vehicle or trailer?

What are the registration fees for a boat?

What are the registration fees for an ATV\off-road or motorcycle?

What are the registration fees for a snowmobile?

I have sold my vehicle, can I get a refund on the registration?

I renewed the registration on a vehicle in error.

What specialty plates does South Dakota offer?