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South Dakota Driver Information

This page provides information about vehicle, driver, and document requirements, state regulations, insurance coverage, and city-specific requirements, needed to drive with Lyft in the state of South Dakota.

To apply to drive in South Dakota, submit an application online or in the Lyft Driver app –– download it from the App Store (iOS) or the Google Play store. To be approved to drive, applicants must meet these requirements.

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What you need to drive with Lyft in South Dakota

Drivers are required to maintain current documents. Failing to update a required document before the expiration date results in temporary deactivation.

Use your Lyft Driver app or Driver Dashboard to upload your documents.

Vehicle requirements

  • 2009 or newer
  • 4 doors
  • 5-8 seats, including the driver's
  • Not on the list of ineligible subcompact vehicles
  • Not a taxi or stretch limousine
  • Not titled as salvage, non-repairable, rebuilt or any other equivalent classification

See if your car qualifies for Lyft Lux or Lyft Lux Black to earn more on each ride.

In select cities, you can rent a car through Express Drive with standard insurance included.

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Driver requirements

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Document requirements

Business License - Vermillion

If you plan to drive in the City of Vermillion, please apply for a Vermillion Business License. Once received, display the copy of the Business License in your vehicle and have it available for inspection upon request.

Learn more about the Vermillion Business License.

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Emblem requirements

Drivers are required to display the Lyft emblem while in driver mode. The Lyft emblem is Lyft’s official trade dress. It helps passengers and law enforcement identify your vehicle.

windshield setup

The Lyft emblem should be displayed in the lower corner of your windshield on the passenger side every time you enter driver mode. Make sure to remove the emblem when you are not in driver mode.

Lyft emblem

If you’ve just been approved to drive, you should receive your Lyft emblem shortly. If you didn't get one or need a new one, order one in your Dashboard. While waiting for it to arrive, you may print a temporary emblem.

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South Dakota driver regulations

Be sure to follow these rules when giving rides in South Dakota, and keep an eye on your email for important updates from Lyft.

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Hourly driver mode limits

In South Dakota, Lyft’s standard time limit for driver mode applies.

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Best practices

  • Display all required emblems and placards
  • Always have your driver’s license and insurance document
  • Follow all airport rules
  • Don't accept street hails
  • Don't accept cash for rides
  • Don't wait in taxi lines

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Know your insurance

  • Information about Lyft's insurance policy, including the types and limits of coverage, is available here.
  • View your insurance in the app: Settings > Car > Lyft insurance.
  • Your own motor vehicle insurance policy might not provide any coverage while you are logged on to Lyft's digital network, depending on its terms.

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Moving to or from South Dakota

If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to South Dakota, send us a message with the following info:

  • The date you're moving
  • Your new shipping address
  • A clear photo of your vehicle registration*

Please note: vehicles in South Dakota must be from 2009 or newer.

*If you were already required to upload your vehicle registration when you became a driver, you do not need to send it in again.

Moving from South Dakota to a different state? Find your new market here to see what steps you'll need to take.

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