South Dakota License Recovery

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety offers a restricted driving license (work permit) to first time offenders who need to drive to work while their regular licenses are suspended or revoked. This typically requires participation in the state’s 24/7 Sobriety Program.

Steps to Obtaining a Restricted Permit During Your Suspension:

  • Serve any jail time and wait out any suspension/revocation time.
  • Fill out an application for Restricted Permit.
  • Enroll in the 24/7 Sobriety Program is required. All forms can be found here. You can also call the 24/7 program at 605-202-0387 for additional information.
  • Go to your local South Dakota driver’s license office. Pay a reinstatement fee of $50 – $200.
  • Show proof of SR-22 insurance.
  • If your license has been revoked, vision and knowledge tests, and possibly a driving test, will be required. If your license has been suspended, no tests will be required unless your license has expired.
  • For more information call the Department of Public Safety at 800-952-3696.
  • If required, you may also need to have an ignition interlock device installed. Call an authorized ignition interlock provider and make an appointment to have an ignition interlock installed. They will verify your eligibility for an interlock. Once your interlock is installed, the installer will give you a certificate confirming the installation.
  • Once you have your license, you will be required to bring in your vehicle to the interlock provider each month for the length of time you are required to have it.
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