Vehicle Registration & Title Assistance in South Dakota


Registering and titling your motorhome, car or RV in South Dakota can mean considerable savings for many RV owners.

South Dakota has a low 3 percent excise tax on new or used motor vehicle/trailer purchases. SD has no vehicle inspections or emission tests.
Compare that with your current state.

Vehicle Registration Package

The needed forms can be downloaded right here. We will answer questions and assist you through the process for a processing fee of only $26 per item, and it can be done entirely by mail. Full-time RV'ers don't need a South Dakota driver's license to register vehicles in SD.

Registration (license) fees are based on Unladen Vehicle Weight (UVW) and age of vehicle. Fees are lower for vehicles 10 years and older. Just call us with the unladen weight and age and we'll give you a registration quotation.

You may not owe South Dakota's 3 percent excise tax on the purchase of new or used vehicles and RV's if you paid at least 3 percent to another state. South Dakota has reciprocity with most other states to grant credit for sales/excise tax paid to others.

Motorhome example: A 17,000 pound UVW motorhome purchase, less than 10 years old, is $252, including plates, title and appropriate fees for 12 months (add 3 percent excise tax on net price after trade-in, if not paid elsewhere). No personal property tax.

5th Wheel example: A 9,200 pound 5th Wheel Trailer (unladen weight), 12 years old, currently titled in another state. This would be a transfer, not a purchase. (Due to reciprocity, there would be no excise tax due in this example if tax paid in another state equaled or exceeded the 3 percent SD excise tax). 12 month registration costs would be $116.25. No personal property tax.

Automobile example: unladen weight between 2,000 and 4,000 pounds (Honda Accord/Ford Taurus, etc) and less than 10 years old, currently titled in another state is only $78 for 12 months, including plates, title and all appropriate fees, if no excise tax is due. No personal property tax.

Important: Above examples are for 12 months. South Dakota registrations and annual renewal periods are determined by the first letter of your last name. This means first time registrations are usually prorated.

Other special items are also available, such as Handicapped Permits.

The above items are examples only.

Please call us at 1-800-419-1690 for specific details on your vehicles. We have tried to make this process as quick and simple as possible and look forward to assisting you with your South Dakota registrations.

NOTE: Your Best Address will help you complete the forms needed to register and title your motor vehicles in South Dakota. After receiving the completed forms and fees and checking for accuracy, we will hand deliver them to the Minnehaha County Treasurers Office for processing, receive your license plates and mail them to you. Our vehicle registration assistance fee is $26 per item being registered. We do not provide legal or tax advice of any kind. Please consult with your tax or legal advisor for answers to specific questions about your tax or legal situation.

If you have a question about anything please call us at 1-800-419-1690 or email us at:

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