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Seeking opinions  Ive decided to make South Dakota my home state. I planned to head there in a couple weeks and work through the process and enjoy my new home state. During these times of closures is this possible to do at this time? Should I wait?  thanks

George the Greek    

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We too planned on going April 1st to South Dakota we have the rv registered done through the mail and insurance done but found out last week the dmv is closed til may 2. 

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We've been SD residents for the past 5 years . It's time to renew drivers licenses , which has to be done in person or at least a visit to SD within the last year and a receipt to prove it has to be 'shown' . 

We intended to make that^ happen on our way north this Spring , but ???

Maybe have to delay 'passage' . 😞

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My opinion is that you would be wise to stay where you are until things improve. Nearly all states are now doing things to discourage travel. You are much more familiar with the area where you now are and so should be able to do things like social distancing much more effectively.

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We also are SD residents.   

4 hours ago, Pat & Pete said:

We've been SD residents for the past 5 years . It's time to renew drivers licenses , which has to be done in person or at least a visit to SD within the last year and a receipt to prove it has to be 'shown' . 

We intended to make that^ happen on our way north this Spring , but ???

. 😞

I'm pretty sure SD law permits an extension of a DL renewal.  Take a look at the DPS website.  I had explored this once when I wasn't sure we were going to get there by the May expiration of my license.

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6 hours ago, docj said:

We also are SD residents.   

I'm pretty sure SD law permits an extension of a DL renewal.  Take a look at the DPS website.  I had explored this once when I wasn't sure we were going to get there by the May expiration of my license.

The do offer extensions. I know as they extended mine for 6 months. You get an email with the paper extension. They are always kind and helpful when calling them.

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20 hours ago, docj said:

We also are SD residents.   

I'm pretty sure SD law permits an extension of a DL renewal.  Take a look at the DPS website.  I had explored this once when I wasn't sure we were going to get there by the May expiration of my license.

 

14 hours ago, rynosback said:

The do offer extensions. I know as they extended mine for 6 months. You get an email with the paper extension. They are always kind and helpful when calling them.

Thanks for that^ . We'll check into it , just in case .  :)

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On 3/29/2020 at 11:00 AM, Pat & Pete said:

We've been SD residents for the past 5 years . It's time to renew drivers licenses , which has to be done in person or at least a visit to SD within the last year and a receipt to prove it has to be 'shown' . 

We intended to make that^ happen on our way north this Spring , but ???

Maybe have to delay 'passage' . 😞

A SD drivers license is valid  for 5 years. You can renew as early as 6 months in advance. Not sure how far past the renewal date you can go, but with theDMV being closed till May I’m sure you can get an extension. If you have a physical address you can renew by mail just like a vehicle registration. But if you have a mail forwarding address you must renew in person and show at least one overnight stay in a hotel, motel or camp ground within the previous year. If I were you I would stop in a motel, hotel or camp ground, if you can find one open, on your way north. Save the receipt as proof of an overnight stay. When DMV reopens call them and see if you can renew by mail with a copy of the receipt since they were closed when you overnighted. Just a thought. 

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2 hours ago, Twotoes said:

If I were you I would stop in a motel, hotel or camp ground, if you can find one open, on your way north. Save the receipt as proof of an overnight stay. When DMV reopens call them and see if you can renew by mail with a copy of the receipt since they were closed when you overnighted. Just a thought. 

Be sure your overnight is in the same county as your mail forwarder and that, if there are two of you, both names are on the receipt.

Linda

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2 hours ago, Twotoes said:

A SD drivers license is valid  for 5 years. You can renew as early as 6 months in advance. Not sure how far past the renewal date you can go, but with theDMV being closed till May I’m sure you can get an extension. If you have a physical address you can renew by mail just like a vehicle registration. But if you have a mail forwarding address you must renew in person and show at least one overnight stay in a hotel, motel or camp ground within the previous year. If I were you I would stop in a motel, hotel or camp ground, if you can find one open, on your way north. Save the receipt as proof of an overnight stay. When DMV reopens call them and see if you can renew by mail with a copy of the receipt since they were closed when you overnighted. Just a thought. 

 

9 minutes ago, sandsys said:

Be sure your overnight is in the same county as your mail forwarder and that, if there are two of you, both names are on the receipt.

Linda

Yes , we are aware ^^ . And , thanks for affirmations from both Twotoes and Linda . :) .

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4 hours ago, sandsys said:

Be sure your overnight is in the same county as your mail forwarder and that, if there are two of you, both names are on the receipt.

Linda

Are you sure that you have to overnight in the county that your mailing service is in? I would think anywhere in SD would do, as it is a State license not a county one.

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Your stay does not have to be in the same county. I stayed in Custer State Park which is in Custer County and use the Escapees address in Box Elder which is in Pennington County. The DMV in Rapid City, Pennington County accepted my stay in Custer. The time before that, when I renewed 5 years ago I stayed in Sioux Falls and the DMV in in Rapid City accepted that as well. 

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4 hours ago, dirtyboots said:

I believe you can get your drivers license anywhere, as I did, BUT, it changed my voting county, so had to fill out new papers for voting.

I was thinking about ^this^ since we did both at the same time. I guess you could move to another place to register to vote separate from where you stayed to get your driver's license but why would you want to do that? Unless you are looking for an excuse to not be able to vote in the next election? 🙂

Linda

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10 minutes ago, sandsys said:

I was thinking about ^this^ since we did both at the same time. I guess you could move to another place to register to vote separate from where you stayed to get your driver's license but why would you want to do that? Unless you are looking for an excuse to not be able to vote in the next election? 🙂

Linda

Registering for voting can all be done by mail. 

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The way they explained it to me a month and a half ago you can renew or get your license and register anywhere in the state. They got the voter registration straightened out to do it all at one place. 

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1 hour ago, Danandfreda said:

The way they explained it to me a month and a half ago you can renew or get your license and register anywhere in the state. They got the voter registration straightened out to do it all at one place. 

You can renew your driver’s license anywhere in the State but you must register in you county because they want the tax dollars, however you can register by mail. 

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When I originally registered my vehicles and address it was with MyDakotaAddress - in, I think, Lake County (Madison).  That was all by mail.  

When I made the trip to SD to visit/get a Drivers License, I was in Custer and went to Hot Springs, that happened to be open on a day that worked for me.  No problems!!!  THEN, MyDakotaAddress  took a dump, and I changed my domicile to Box Elder, which is in Pennington County.  THEY asked me to send in new papers.  Just telling you what MY experience was...no need to set me straight :)

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1 hour ago, dirtyboots said:

When I originally registered my vehicles and address it was with MyDakotaAddress - in, I think, Lake County (Madison).  That was all by mail.  

When I made the trip to SD to visit/get a Drivers License, I was in Custer and went to Hot Springs, that happened to be open on a day that worked for me.  No problems!!!  THEN, MyDakotaAddress  took a dump, and I changed my domicile to Box Elder, which is in Pennington County.  THEY asked me to send in new papers.  Just telling you what MY experience was...no need to set me straight :)

I was with Teri Lund also. Did the switch same as you with no issues.

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