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PS Form 1583

This is one of two forms necessary for mail forwarding. You must complete this form as part of becoming a SD resident through our service. Note: This form must be notarized before submission to us

    Submission Process

  • Download the PDF
  • Mail in the completed PDF to:

    Your Best Address
    401 E 8th Street Ste 214
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57103

USPS Change of Address Form

This is one of two forms necessary for mail forwarding. You must complete this form as part of becoming a SD resident through our service

Fill out this form online at USPS.com

You must select "Permanent Residency" if you intend to become a SD resident

SD Vehicle Registration Form

This form uses the empty weight of your vehicle, so be sure to have that information handy

    Submission Process

  • Print, fill and mail the SD Vehicle Registration Pack to:

    Your Best Address
    401 E 8th Street Ste 214
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57103

SD Voter Registration Form

The deadline for this form is 15 days prior to voting. You will need to email, fax, or mail this form to the Minnehaha registrar

PDF available here

Minnehaha County - Bob Litz
415 N Dakota Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57104-2465

Phone: (605) 367-4220 Fax: (605) 367-7409
Email: blitz@minnehahacounty.org

 

Full Breakdown of Requirements -

Apply for a South Dakota Driver's License

To apply for a driver's license in South Dakota, visit your local DPS office in person with:
Proof of your identity, date of birth, and lawful status (e.g. certified birth certificate, citizenship certificate, or valid passport).


Proof of your Social Security number (e.g. Social Security card, W-2 form, or pay stub).
2 documents proving your SD residential address (e.g. utility bill, pay stub, or bank statement).


Proof of your name change, if applicable.


Payment for the $28 fee.

Documents Required to Obtain a Driver License

DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS
(NOTE: photocopies and documents shown on an electronic device are not acceptable.)
Renewal of a driver license or ID card. If your driver license or ID card HAS A GOLD STAR, you must provide the following for a new license:


South Dakota driver license or ID card,
Two documents proving your residential address (must be less than one-year old),
Non-U.S. citizens and TRANSFERS FROM OTHER STATES must provide proof of lawful status in the U.S. (such as U.S. certified birth certificate, U.S. passport/passport card, certificate of citizenship/naturalization, permanent resident card, employment authorization card, or foreign passport with visa/I-94).


IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE: If your name has changed, you will need to provide proof of the name change (marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order). For each name change you must provide a certified copy of your marriage certificate. To get this contact the county in which your marriage was registered.


Documents Required to Obtain a Driver License
People Who Travel Full Time
If you are using a South Dakota mail forwarding address, you will need to complete the residency affidavit. You will also need to provide a receipt from a South Dakota hotel/motel, campground, or RV park to prove one night of stay within the last year (hand written receipts are not acceptable) and ONE DOCUMENT (no more than one-year old) proving your personal mailbox (PMB) service address (receipt from the PMB business or a piece of mail with your PMB address on it). If you have friends or family in South Dakota and plan to use their address, complete and follow the instructions on the consent for use of address form. You can find these forms under the applications and forms tab on the right side of this
page.


DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS
(NOTE: photocopies and documents shown on an electronic device are not acceptable.)
Renewal of a driver license or ID card. If your driver license or ID card HAS A GOLD STAR, you must provide the following for a new license:


Two documents proving your residential address (must be less than one year old),
Non-U.S. citizens and TRANSFERS FROM OTHER STATES must provide proof of lawful status in the U.S. (such as U.S. certified birth certificate, U.S. passport/passport card, certificate of citizenship/naturalization, permanent resident card, employment authorization card, or foreign passport with visa/I-94).


If your name has changed, you will need to provide proof (certified copy) of each name change (marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order).
Duplicate of a South Dakota driver license or ID card (WITH A GOLD STAR in upper right corner). You must provide the following:


U.S. certified birth certificate, valid U.S. passport/passport card, certificate of citizenship/naturalization, valid permanent resident card, valid employment authorization document, or foreign passport with U.S. visa/I-94, Second document proving identity (such as social security card, W-2 form, tribal ID, or other document approved by examiner), Two documents proving your residential address (must be less than one year old), If your name has changed you will need to provide proof of the name change (marriage certificate,
divorce decree, or court order).


Renewal or duplicate South Dakota driver license or ID card if your license or ID DOES NOT HAVE A GOLD STAR (includes transfer from another state*). You must provide the following:


1. One document proving your date of birth, identity and lawful status or presence. If possible, select a document that has your current full legal name to avoid documenting any name change:

Valid, unexpired U.S. passport or U.S. passport card, Certified copy of a birth certificate issued by a state of the United States. It must be a certified copy and have the stamp or raised seal of the issuing authority. A hospital-issued certificate is not acceptable.*

Consular Report of Birth Abroad issued by the U.S. Department of State (Form FS-240, DS-1350 or FS- 545),

Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550, N-570 or N-578),
Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-560, N-561 or N-645),
Unexpired Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551),
Unexpired Employment Authorization Document (Form I-766),
Record of Arrival and Departure (I-94) with attached photo and stamped "Temporary Proof of Lawful Permanent Resident",
Record of Arrival and Departure (I-94) stamped"Refugee","Parolee"or "Asylee",
Unexpired foreign passport accompanied by the approved I-94 documenting applicant's most recent admittance into the United States,
Valid foreign passport stamped "Processed for I-551",
Permit to Reenter the United States (I-327),
Refugee Travel Document (I-571).
*Transfer of a federally compliant driver license or ID from another state requires the documents listed under "Renewal of a driver license or ID card (must have a star in upper right corner)" -see above.


2. Check your name. Is your current full legal name different from the name listed on the identity document you are providing in step 1? Were you previously issued a South Dakota driver license or ID card with a name different from the one listed on the identity document in step 1? If you answered yes to one or both of the questions above, you must document your name change. If not, go to step 3.
To document your name change, bring documents that connect the name on the identity document you selected to your current full legal name. Select the documents you will use (this can be more than one if needed to connect the name listed on your identity document to your current name):

Certified marriage certificate,
Court order under petition for name change,
Court order for name change in a divorce decree or decree of annulment,
Court order for name change in a decree of adoption.
Any marriage certificate must be issued by the state office of vital statistics or equivalent agency in your state or country of marriage. It must be a certified copy and have the stamp or raised seal of the issuing authority. A church, chapel, or similarly issued certificate is not acceptable.
Any court order must contain your prior full legal name, your court-ordered full legal name, your date of birth, and be stamped with the official court seal (date stamps and file stamps are not the official court seal).
Photocopies and faxes are not acceptable.


3. Document showing your Social Security number (SSN). Select one document you will use that contains your current name and SSN. (We are unable to accept any document except those listed below. We cannot accept Medicare cards.)
Social Security card (the social security card stub or metal cards are not acceptable),
W-2 form,
Social Security Administration 1099 form,
Non-Social Security Administration 1099 form,
Pay stub or statement with your name and full Social Security Number on it.
If you are a temporary foreign national not authorized for employment, you do not have to document a SSN, but South Dakota will verify your USCIS number. If you are eligible for employment but do not have a SSN, you are required to obtain and present one.


4. Two documents proving your residential address (must be less than one year old). A parent's proof of address is acceptable for a minor child.
Utility bill,
Pay stub or earnings statement,
Rent receipt,
Phone bill,
Transcript or report card from accredited school,
Bank statement,
Mortgage document,
Tax document,
Homeowner's/renter's insurance policy,
Other items with your address can be reviewed by the examiner.


Mail with post office box addresses is acceptable in areas not assigned a street or 911 address. If you are unable to provide proof of residency, call 605.773.6883.


Military Personnel
Military personnel and their dependents stationed overseas may use 2 address documents proving their APO address. Military personnel and their dependents stationed in another state, may provide 2 address documents proving their out-of-state residential address. All other applicants must provide 2 address documents proving their South Dakota residential address.


Veterans
Veterans who have been honorably discharged from the military have the option of adding the word "Veteran" to the front of their South Dakota driver license or identification card. In addition to the documents listed above, they will need to present one of the following:
DD-214 form which shows their honorable discharge status from active duty,
Present a certificate signed by a county or tribal veteran's service officer verifying their status,
DD Form 2 (Retired),
DD Form 2A (Reserve Retired),
Note to current or new CDL applicants: If you are required to carry a medical examiners certificate
(DOT medical card), you must show a valid card at the driver exam station.
*U.S. Territories
If you were born in a U.S. territory, you will need to provide a U.S. passport, U.S. passport card, or Consular Report of Birth Abroad, instead of a birth certificate.
If you are unable to obtain any of the required documents, please contact us to see if exceptions are available.

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