If you’re looking to get an instruction permit in South Dakota, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll explain all the important details so you know exactly what to expect.
The instruction permit, also known as the learner’s permit, is the first step of the GDL program and is only required for new drivers under the age of 18. You can apply for one as soon as you turn 14 years old.
If you satisfy the requirements above, you can apply for your permit by following these steps:
The most difficult step in the process is to pass the written test. While you can spend hours studying the state driver’s handbook, many find it quite boring and it’s very ineffective for most people. Luckily, Zutobi exists to solve this very problem. Our platform helps thousands of teens and young adults pass the written exam each month. Try our South Dakota permit practice test here or sign up for our full prep course today.
All new drivers with a learner’s permit are required to be accompanied by a licensed driver at least 18 years old at all times while operating a motor vehicle. Furthermore, you may not be allowed to drive in other states depending on the rules of the state.
The next step in the GDL program in South Dakota is the minor’s permit (or full license if you are an adult). To receive your minor’s permit, you first need to pass the road test. The road test will test your ability to safely and correctly operate a motor vehicle – including performing key maneuvers, following road signs, and more.
To be eligible to sit the road test, you must have first held your learner’s permit for at least 180 days without any traffic convictions. If you haven’t completed a drivers education program, you will need to hold your permit for at least 275 days. You will also need to provide proof of 50 hours of parent/guardian supervised driving (10 of those at night and 10 during inclement weather). These hours should be recorded in the student driving log.
If you’re an adult, you can sit the road test at any time.
If you progressed through the GDL, your full driver’s license will be granted to you once you have held your minor’s permit for six months, have driven conviction-free for six months, and have parental written approval.
That’s everything you need to know about getting your South Dakota learner’s permit. If you need any help studying for your upcoming knowledge or driving exams, then Zutobi is the perfect study resource with a summarized handbook, South Dakota practice tests, and a gamified learning experience.
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