Chapter 8: Commercial Driver License

Operators must acquire a Commercial Driver License (CDL) from the Department of Public Safety to drive a commercial motor vehicle. South Dakota and all other states have the same minimum licensing standards. Only those drivers with professional knowledge, skills, and abilities will be licensed.

For detailed information about CDL requirements, application, or testing please contact the Driver Licensing Program in the Department of Public Safety by calling (605) 773-6883 or visiting