South Dakota

Voters in South Dakota need to show photo ID to confirm their identity at their polling place.

If you don’t have an acceptable photo ID, there may be other ways you can confirm your identity.

You must either have your absentee ballot application notarized or include a copy of acceptable ID when you request to vote by mail.

Is out-of-state ID accepted?

No!
You cannot use an ID issued by another state

Is student ID accepted?

Yes!
You can use a current student photo ID card from a high school or accredited post-high school institution in South Dakota

Is an expired ID accepted?

Sometimes!
You cannot use an expired student ID card to vote

South Dakota ID Requirements for Voting In Person

ACCEPTABLE PHOTO ID

You can use the following photo IDs:

  • South Dakota driver’s license
  • South Dakota non-driver ID card
  • ID issued by the federal government (for example: passport, military ID)
  • Tribal ID
  • Current student ID card from a high school or accredited post-high school institution in South Dakota

Frequently Asked Questions

You do not need a “REAL ID” to vote in South Dakota.

Your driver’s license or state ID card will show a gold star if it meets REAL ID requirements under federal law. You may also hear it called a “gold star” ID.

South Dakota only issues real ID-compliant driver’s licenses and state IDs.

If you need to renew your state photo ID or driver’s license (or apply for a new one) you must go through the REAL ID process.

Get in touch with VoteRiders if you have questions or need free help securing your REAL ID.

If you are not able to present acceptable ID, you may still vote by signing a Personal Identification Affidavit.

A Personal Identification Affidavit is a form on which you write your name, address and signature. Your signature on the Affidavit must match the signature on file.

Get in touch with VoteRiders if you have questions or need free help securing ID.

Services are available by appointment.

Due to COVID-19: All South Dakota driver’s licenses and ID cards that expired on or after March 13, 2020 are automatically extended to expire on December 30, 2020.

South Dakota ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

COVID-19 UPDATE:

South Dakota will mail absentee ballot applications to all registered voters for the November 3 General Election (with the exception of people who have already applied).

Some voters will receive an absentee ballot application from their county instead of from the state.

You must either have your absentee ballot application notarized or include a copy of acceptable ID when you request to vote by mail. More info is in the FAQ below!

Frequently Asked Questions

Any registered South Dakota voter may request an absentee ballot. No excuse is required.

State law requires completed absentee ballot applications to be notarized or include a photocopy of an acceptable photo identification.

Any ID that is valid for voting in person will be accepted. See the list in the “Voting in Person” section.

Voters who can’t access a printer, copy machine, or notary public may take a photo of their ID and email it to their county auditor. You should contact your county auditor for more information about this option. Contact information can be found on the SD Secretary of State’s website.

VoteRiders also offers free help printing a copy of your ID.

No, but the signature on your ballot must match your other signatures on file.

Yes! You can get free help if don’t have a way to print a copy of your ID.