Transferring an out of state title already in my name to South Dakota

Transferring the title for a vehicle, trailer, watercraft, ATV\off-road, or snowmobile requires the title or ownership document from the previous state. If there is a lien holder, the paper title must be requested from the lien holder before the title transfer may be completed (Lien Holder Request Form). Once the paper title has been received the title transfer may be completed.

Titling requires providing a valid South Dakota driver’s license or ID for each owner. If an owner has an out of state driver’s license or ID then a clear copy of their social security card, or other acceptable proof, will be required. Businesses must provide their FEIN #. If there are multiple owners both may need to sign the documents depending on how the names are connected.

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.

Documents required to transfer title in South Dakota

Ownership Document- Title (see below)

Current Odometer reading for all vehicles\ motorcycle 20 years or newer signed by seller and buyer

Purchase agreement or valid Bill of Sale (if issue date less than two years ago)

South Dakota Motor Vehicle and Boat Title Application (MV-1001)

Driver’s License or State Issued ID for all owners

       Proof of Social Security Number is required with an out of state Driver’s License or ID

Verification of taxes paid to another state (if issue date than two years ago, see below)

Proof of weight for vehicles and trailers (see below)

Additional documents may be needed based on the individual transaction. Any cross outs, white out, or other alterations to documents may void them or require an affidavit for correction. Please see the below FAQ for more information on the above documents.

Ownership Document

Proof of ownership is required to title a vehicle, trailer, watercraft, ATV\off-road, or snowmobile in South Dakota. If it is from a state that titles that type of vehicle, trailer, watercraft, ATV\off-road, or snowmobile the paper title is required. If it was purchased from a seller that resides in a state that only registers that type of vehicle, trailer, watercraft, ATV\off-road, or snowmobile, the original paper registration or the properly assigned Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin is required.

If there is a lien holder, the paper title must be requested from the lien holder before the title transfer may be completed (Lien Holder Request Form). Once the paper title has been received the title transfer may be completed.

Proof of Weight for vehicles and trailers

If the title or Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin does not state the weight of the vehicle or trailer, proof of weight will be required. Acceptable proof includes a weight slip from a scale, picture of the manufacture’s specifications sticker\plate on the vehicle or trailer stating the weight, or a printout from the manufacture for the specific make, model, and year clearing showing the empty weight. The weight must be the unladen, UVW, empty, or shipping weight. The gross weight is not acceptable.

Registration

Fees are prorated from the date of transfer to your renewal month. If it is within 90 days from your renewal month your registration will be calculated through to the following year. The renewal month is determined by the first letter of the owner’s last name or first letter of the company name and must be renewed annually.

See the registration FAQ for more information on registration costs for vehicles\motorcycles, trailers, watercraft, ATV\off-road, and snowmobiles.

Verification of tax paid to another state

Verification of tax paid to another state is required to receive reciprocity if the issue date on the title is within the last two years. If the issue is date is more then two years old you will receive reciprocity credit for that state’s tax percentage. If coming from a state that collects less tax then South Dakota (4% for vehicles, ATV\off-road, and snowmobiles, 3% for watercraft) than excise tax will be collected for the difference.

Acceptable proof of tax previously paid is a receipt from the other state or local government office, or the Out of State Dealer Tax Assessment form completed by the dealer. If proof of tax paid cannot be obtained the excise tax will be assessed on the purchase price on the provided bill of sale if purchased within the last six months, or the current NADA clean retail book value if purchased more than six months ago. 

Title transfer and registration fees

Title transfer $10.00

Lienholder notation fee $10.00 (when applicable)

Excise tax of 4% (see below FAQ)

Reassignment of South Dakota Plates $7.00

Registration\Highway Patrol\Solid Waste fees (see FAQ)

County wheel tax $5.00 per wheel

Processing through the mail

If processing through the mail all documents will need to be mailed to our office. Paperwork mailed in is receipted in and worked in the order it is received- not necessarily on the day it arrives from your chosen carrier. Expect up to two weeks plus processing time. If additional documents are needed and mailed in, they will follow the normal mail process. Requests to the contrary are subject to Administrative fees.

Once your paperwork has been reviewed you will be contacted for payment or for any missing documents. Please include valid contact information with your paperwork. A $3.00 long distance call fee may be applicable. We will reach out via email if an email address is given- watch your junk or spam folder so you don’t miss any correspondence regarding your transaction.

Transactions done through the mail will be charged a $25.00 administrative fee and a postage and handling fee to mail the plates and registration ($7.50 per set of plates and registration, $1.50 per registration only).

Please send documents to:

Pennington County Treasurer's Office
PO Box 6160
Rapid City, SD 57709

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, PMB, 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.

Additional Information

Expedited service can be requested for a $25.00 administrative fee. Please address your package with Attn: EXPEDITE, state you are paying for an expedite on your cover letter, and include payment for the $25.00 fee. If additional documents are needed and mailed in, they will follow the normal mail process unless they are also marked expedite and include the expedite fee for the new documents.

To obtain a quote prior to sending in your paperwork please give us a call at 605-394-2163. All quotes are considered estimates and are based off the information provided to us.

If you have additional questions not answered here please call our office at 605-394-2163 from 8:00am – 11:00am and 1:00pm – 4:30pm MDT Monday through Thursday or send us a message through our Contact Us page.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a title required in South Dakota?

What is required for a valid purchase agreement or bill of sale?

When is an odometer reading required?

How to fill out the Motor Vehicle and Boat Title Application

Can I add or remove a name from my title when transferring to South Dakota?

How is South Dakota excise tax calculated?

My registration is expiring, can I get a temporary permit until I am able to transfer the title to South Dakota?

I paid tax to another state, does South Dakota give credit for tax previously paid?

Can I title and register my vehicle, trailer, watercraft, ATV\off-road, or snowmobile in South Dakota if I live out of state?

Can I title my vehicle, trailer, watercraft, ATV\off-road, or snowmobile in the name of a trust?

Does my watercraft need to be titled and/or registered in South Dakota?

Does my watercraft require a boat number to be displayed?

Does South Dakota title Golf Carts?

Does South Dakota title Mopeds, Motor Scooters, toy ATVs, etc?