South Dakota License Plate Lookup

Free South Dakota License Plate Lookup

Lookup and search your South Dakota license plate and get a free complete vehicle history report including: salvage status, theft or accident records, recalls and more!

Any person acquiring a vehicle in South Dakota must title and register their vehicles within 45 days after the date of purchase before it can be operated on the state’s public highways. offers free license plate lookup that will reveal past ownership, title information, liens, odometer reading and salvage records. Search license plates registered in the state of South Dakota and get information about the vehicle.

South Dakota License Plates & Placards

South Dakota law requires drivers to register their vehicles with the South Dakota Motor Vehicle Division. All motor vehicles, motorcycles, and trailers owned by South Dakota residents and operated on public highways must be registered with the County Treasurer of the owner’s residence.

If you are moving in from another state, you have 90 days from your date of arrival to title and register your vehicle in South Dakota. Upon completion of the registration process, you will receive standard license plates which must be displayed on your vehicle.

You can replace a damaged, lost or stolen license plate, just contact your local county treasurer’s office to complete an Affidavit For Duplicate License Plate/Validation Sticker. Lost or stolen license plates or validation stickers must be reported to a law enforcement agency.

Types of South Dakota License Plates

Transferring of License Plates in South Dakota

In South Dakota, if you wish to transfer the license plates from your old vehicle to your newly acquired vehicle, you can do this at your local county treasurer’s office. In applying for transfer, bring your old plates with you to the county treasurer’s office.

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  1. Check for accidents. Every year, approximately 6.0 million automobile accidents are reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  2. Check for title brands. Flood, hail-damage, and salvage titles are examples of critical title brands.
  3. Check for special purpose designations, including taxi-use, rental-use, or police-use.
  4. Check for thefts. Lookup a South Dakota license plate to check for an active theft or previously recovered theft record.

Run a Free South Dakota License Plate Lookup to uncover the full-story of your South Dakota-registered vehicle.

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