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South Dakota Car Insurance Requirements

South Dakota insurance rules and regulations vary from other states. They require all drivers establish and maintain financial responsibility when operating a vehicle in the state. The most common way of meeting the insurance requirements is to obtain a car insurance policy either through a state licensed agency or through the South Dakota Automobile Insurance Plan. Specific details of South Dakota insurance law should be reviewed to ensure you are following them and have adequate coverage.

Unlike North Dakota insurance law which follows a no fault system, South Dakota follows a tort system. Under a tort system, someone must always be found responsible for causing an accident (at fault) and then is held accountable for any financial obligations associated with the accident. The law can vary from state to state.

Required Coverage

All personal vehicles in South Dakota require the following liability coverage requirements:

  • Bodily Injury
  • Property Damage

The state also requires drivers to maintain the following coverage:

  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Bodily Injury
Minimum South Dakota Car Insurance Requirements
Bodily Injury Liability $25,000 / $50,000 Limit
Property Damage Liability $25,000 Limit
Uninsured/Underinsured Bodily Injury $25,000 / $50,000 Limit

Additional insurance coverage can include:

  • Comprehensive and Collision Coverage

Comprehensive and collision insurance go hand in hand. The former covers non-collision related incidents that can include fire damage or having your car broken into while the latter covers damage done to your vehicle from an accident. The list of most stolen vehicles in South Dakota provides more information on they types of vehicles that can also make use of comprehensive insurance.

Proof of Insurance and Financial Responsibility

Establishing proof of insurance and financial responsibility

  • Get a standard liability car insurance policy
  • Get coverage through the South Dakota Automobile Insurance Plan
  • Surety bond from a state licensed broker
  • Cash deposit of $50,000 with the State Treasurer
  • Self insurance - must have more than 25vehicles insured

Required Documentation

In order to provide proof of insurance, you can provide one of the following:

  • Insurance ID card
  • Proof showing coverage through the South Dakota Automobile Insurance Plan
  • Certificate of self insurance
  • Certificate of deposit from State Treasurer
  • Proof of surety bond

You must maintain proof of insurance and financial responsibility:

  • When asked by a police officer
  • After an accident
  • When registering your vehicle
  • Anytime you drive your vehicle

Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility Penalties

If you are not able to show proof of insurance, you can face the following penalties:

  • Fine of $100
  • 30 days in jail
  • Requirement to file an SR-22 for the following 3 years
  • Suspension of your license for up to 1 year
  • Reinstatement fees between $50 - $200

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