Select Your Free 2024 SD Permit Practice Test to Get Started

Select Your <strong>Free 2024 SD Permit Practice Test</strong> to Get Started
A drive through South Dakota is a pathway to adventure for anyone with a valid driver’s license. In addition to Mount Rushmore, drivers can take the Needles Highway through the Custer State Park or the Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway. Be sure to have your driver’s license in possession while driving South Dakota’s roads. Becoming a licensed driver is an important step but anyone wishing to become a licensed driver in the state must be at least 14 years old and pass the state’s written knowledge test. Commonly known as the South Dakota permit test, this exam will test your knowledge of the rules of road including traffic signs and signals, lane markings, defensive driving, and more. To help you prepare for the test we’ve included a copy of the official South Dakota drivers handbook and our South Dakota Permit Practice Tests. The practice tests have been created to simulate the real exam as close as possible using the same multiple-choice format and subject matter. Select a practice test to begin.

Permit Practice Tests (360 questions)

  • Questions 1-40
    Permit Test 1

    Start your journey by learning the fundamentals of driving in South Dakota.  Multiple choice questions designed to test your knowledge of the rules of the road.

  • Questions 41-80
    Permit Test 2

    Introduction to common road signs, lane markings, speed limits, traffic lights, sharing the road, child restraint systems, hand signals, and seatbelt usage.

  • Questions 81-120
    Permit Test 3

    Questions designed to test your knowledge of driving in poor weather conditions, phone usage, parking rules, lane changes, road signs, traffic signals, and blind spots.

  • Questions 121-160
    Permit Test 4

    Features safe driving questions with an emphasis on defensive driving, distracted driving, emergency situations, railroad crossings, accidents, and road signs.

  • Questions 161-210
    Road Signs Test

    This practice test will test your knowledge of various road signs and their meanings.  Learn how to identify road signs by shape and color.

  • 25 random questions
    DMV Test Simulator

    Simulate test day with this practice test.  Random questions generated from a huge database.  No explanations.  New questions with every attempt.

  • Questions 211-360
    Mega Test

    Boost your knowledge with this massive practice test.  Features hundreds of questions from every road rules category.  Perfect for the day before the exam.

South Dakota Permit Test FAQ

Applying for Your SD Permit

When can I apply for a learner's permit in South Dakota?

You can apply at age 14 for your South Dakota Learner’s Permit.

What are the requirements to get my learner's permit?

You will need to show proof of age, identity and residency and you will also need to pass a written knowledge test and a vision test. Once you receive your permit and begin practicing driving, you must have a licensed driver who is at least 18 years old with at least one year of driving experience seated in the front seat with you between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. and a parent or legal guardian with you between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

How many questions are on the South Dakota permit test?

The written knowledge test has 25 questions.

How many questions must I answer correctly to pass?

To pass, you must answer at least 20 questions correctly.

How should I prepare for the South Dakota permit test?

To receive your Learner’s Permit as fast as possible, you should study for the test. One of the most effective ways to study is to complete online practice exams that boast real sample questions from the exam. Click on the following link to take a South Dakota practice permit test and test your current driving knowledge.

Where do I take the South Dakota permit test?

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety’s (SD DPS) Driver Licensing Program is responsible for licensing drivers. Visit to find a local office.

How much does the South Dakota permit test cost?

There is an $8 permit fee.

What can I expect on test day?

You will need to visit the local driver’s license office with a parent or guardian and you will also need to bring proper identification – including a birth certificate, a Social Security card and proof or residence. You will then need to pass the written knowledge test and the vision test to receive your Learner’s Permit.