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How to Get a South Dakota Assigned Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) – South Dakota Car Title

How to Get a South Dakota Assigned Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) – South Dakota Car Title

If you’re going to buy a car in South Dakota, you need an assigned vehicle identification number (VIN).

It’s not as complicated as it sounds. So follow these simple steps:

1. Schedule your appointment online with the DMV for a VIN assignment; 2. Bring any forms of ID and proof of residency that apply; 3. Get ready to pay $25 for your new VIN—cash or check only!

South Dakota has the Department of Public Safety (DPS). Other states might call it something different, like the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Motor Vehicles Division (MVD), Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (HSMV), Driver Services Department (DSD), Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS), Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV), Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC), Department of Licensing (DOL), Department of Driver Services (DDS), or Department of Transportation (DOT).


How Do I Get a South Dakota Assigned Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)?

1. A VIN lookup can be used to track a vehicle’s history.

2. A VIN lookup can be performed online or by mail.


What Documents Do I Need to Obtain a South Dakota VIN?

-A title signed by the seller and buyer in the designated areas

-A bill of sale that includes the make, model, year, color, and VIN of the vehicle

-The correct sales tax (if applicable)

-An odometer reading

Additional documentation that may be required:

-A valid South Dakota vehicle insurance policy that meets or exceeds state minimum coverage limits

-A valid government issued photo ID or foreign passport for proof of identification


Why Should I Run a South Dakota VIN/Car ID Check?

1. To check a vehicle’s history.

2. To find out if there are any potential problems with the vehicle.

3. To get a sense of what the vehicle is worth.

4. To make sure the vehicle has not been stolen.

5. To confirm that the VIN on the car matches the one on the title and registration documents.”


South Dakota Vehicle Info/Title Request

If you want to get a vehicle record in South Dakota, you can mail or form a Vehicle Information Request to the county treasurer’s office. The charge for a general vehicle information is $2 per record. The charge for title history is $5 per record.


Vehicle Registration in South Dakota

1. All vehicles must be registered with the South Dakota Department of Revenue.

2. The owner of the vehicle must have a valid driver’s license.

3. The vehicle must have a valid insurance policy.

4. The owner of the vehicle must pay all required fees.


Documentation Needed for South Dakota Registration – South Dakota Car Title

The South Dakota Department of Revenue requires the following documents for vehicle registration:

1. Application for Registration

2. Proof of ownership

3. Proof of insurance

4. Payment for registration fees


License Plate Lookup in South Dakota

In South Dakota, you can use a private database company to lookup a license plate, or you can use the state’s online system. The paid service from private database companies is the easiest option because it involves the least effort. The South Dakota Public Safety Department will provide limited information about private database companies. Private database companies may offer free license plate lookup services in South Dakota, but only limited information will be provided.


What is a South Dakota License Plate?

You need a license plate and registration sticker to drive a car in South Dakota. You can get a temporary seller’s permit if you only have a rear plate for your motorcycle or trailer.

South Dakota licenses plates are the property of the owner, and may be transferred to a new vehicle.


How Do I Get a License Plate in South Dakota?

1. The applicant must provide their social security number or driver’s license number.

2. Motorhome owners are required to pay 4% initial registration fees.

3. Vehicles and motorhomes not registered within 45 days of purchase will be subject to interest and penalty charges.

4. If the vehicle is not registered within 45 days of purchase, the interest rate is 1% or $5, whichever is greater.

5. If the vehicle is not registered within 60 days of purchase, the interest rate is 10% of the tax or $10, whichever is greater.



You can get an assigned VIN from the South Dakota Highway Patrol or from a licensed South Dakota vehicle dealer.