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Frequently Asked Questions

At what age can I get my South Dakota learners permit?

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety ("DPS") requires you to be 14 years old before applying for your South Dakota learners permit.

Can anybody take drivers ed courses online?

Anyone can take online driver education classes through Driver Ed To Go! If you would like to take South Dakota online driver education courses to satisfy DPS requirements, you will need individual South Dakota DPS approval.

Do I need to bring anything with me for my South Dakota learners permit test?

The South Dakota DPS requires you to present a certified birth certificate or passport, one additional form of identification and a signed parental approval form issued by the South Dakota DPS.

What happens if I don't pass my South Dakota learners permit exam?

You will need to pass your learners permit written test to receive a South Dakota learners permit. The test is 25 questions long and you will need an 80% (20 correct responses) to pass. If you fail, just take the test again until you pass, though you may need to wait a day to try again.

Driver Ed To Go's South Dakota online drivers education course is geared to help you learn the rules of the road at your own pace, and to help you pass your drivers license exams the first time with ease. For more information, check out our "testimonials" page to see how South Dakota drivers just like you have benefitted from our South Dakota online drivers education classes.

How many questions are on the Driver Ed To Go final exam?

You will need to pass the Driver Ed To Go final exam in order to receive a certificate of completion for your South Dakota online driver ed course. You will need an 80% to pass, but can retake the exam as much as you need to for no extra cost. It's impossible to fail with Driver Ed To Go!

Does your course meet South Dakota DPS requirements?

Driver Ed To Go is primarily an educational tool. You will need specific authorization from the South Dakota DPS to take our South Dakota online driver ed course to satisfy South Dakota driver education and training requirements

How long until I receive my South Dakota online drivers ed certificate of completion from Driver Ed To Go?

Your certificate of completion will arrive 3-5 days after you pass your Driver Ed To Go final exam. If you find you need your certificate faster, you can choose expedited shipping options through FedEx, and for an added cost your certificate will be delivered 3rd day, 2nd day, or even as quickly as overnight. The choice is up to you!

When can I start driving once I get my South Dakota learners permit?

When you receive your South Dakota learners permit, you will be able to start driving immediately. However, the South Dakota DPS mandates that you be accompanied at all times by an 18-year old licensed South Dakota driver with at least one year of driving experience in your passenger seat.

How long do I need to have my permit before getting my South Dakota drivers license?

You will need to practice driving on your South Dakota learners permit for at least six months before you can apply for your South Dakota drivers license. However, if you are still under 16 when your six months has passed, you will only be eligible for a restricted movers permit. This will allow you to drive on your own between 6am and 10pm, but will require supervision after those hours, or if you have passengers in your car.

Does South Dakota require me to do any behind-the-wheel training?

If you wish to obtain your South Dakota drivers license as quickly as possible, you will need to take a driver education course that includes behind-the-wheel training with a licensed South Dakota driving instructor. If you do, you can get your drivers license in as quickly as three months. If not, you must wait six months at a minimum.

How many hours of supervised driving do I have to have before I can get my SD drivers license?

South Dakota also requires you to perform forty practice hours of driving outside a classroom. These hours must be supervised by a family member or licensed South Dakota driver your parents or legal guardians approve of, who is over 18 and has one year of driving experience. Also, you must perform ten of these practice driving hours after sundown.

Can my friends ride with me after I get my South Dakota learners permit?

In South Dakota, there are no restrictions on driving with passengers in the vehicle if you have an instruction (learners') permit.   However, you MUST drive with an 18-yr-old licensed driver between the hours of 6am and 10pm, and a parent or guardian between the hours of 10pm and 6am, riding in the front passenger seat.

Can my friends ride with me after I get my South Dakota drivers license?

In South Dakota, there are no restrictions on driving with passengers in the vehicle whether you have an instruction (learners' permit), a restricted minor's permit, or an operator's license.  However, with an instruction (learners') permit or a restricted minor's permit, there are rules insofar as having a parent/guardian and/or a licensed 18-yr-old driver riding next to you in the front passenger's seat.

Can I drive alone with my South Dakota learners permit?

You can never drive on a South Dakota instruction (learners') permit without a licensed adult driver supervising you from the passenger seat (and from 10am to 6pm, the licensed adult driver must be your parent or guardian).  

If you receive a restricted minor's permit, you can only drive alone between 6am and 10pm. 

Is Driver Ed To Go expensive in South Dakota?

Driver Ed To Go offers the best rates of any online driver ed course you will find. Because our South Dakota online drivers education courses vary in price each season to ensure the lowest possible prices, please review the orange "Course Options" tab above to learn more about our extremely low prices!

What is the Driver Ed To Go refund policy?

Driver Ed To Go is proud of its top-quality South Dakota online driver education courses and its superior customer service, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, both over the phone and online. We are so confident you will be satisfied when you try Driver Ed To Go, that if for any reason you are not fully satisfied with our South Dakota online drivers education course, we will issue you a full refund. Just contact us before we ship out your certificate of completion-- it's that easy. It's our "100% Money-Back" guarantee!

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