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Motorcycle Title & Registration

An Application for Motor Vehicle Title & Registration must be completed and filed in the county of the applicant’s residence. The application must be signed by the record owner(s) or by an authorized agent for the record owner(s). If the application is signed by an authorized agent, a power of attorney document must be attached to verify the appointment. Apply using the application form for motorcycles, motorbikes, mopeds (51cc or larger) or bicycles with a motor attached and all motor-operated vehicles of the bicycle or tricycle type or a platform on which the driver stands.

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Definition of a Moped

A moped is a motor-driven cycle equipped with two or three wheels. If a combustion engine is used, the maximum piston or rotor displacement shall be 50cc, regardless of the number of chambers. The power source shall be equipped with a power drive system that functions directly or automatically only, not requiring clutching or shifting by the operator after the drive system is engaged. Proof of sales tax paid is required if a moped is titled and licensed.

 

Motorcycle Fees

Motorcycle vehicle titling and registration fees are processed through your local county treasurer's office. License fees on motorcycles are determined under the current Motorcycle Fee Schedule (PDF).

See Title & Registration Fees

 

Motorcycle License Plates

Resident owners can apply for specialty motorcycle license plates (shown below) as well as other specialty plates such as military license plates, historic license plates, personalized license plates and dignity sculpture license plates offered by the state of South Dakota.

Standard Motorcycle Plate

  Motorcycle Plate
Standard Plate Standard Motorcycle
Fee These fees are based on the weight and year of the vehicle.
Apply Apply with motor vehicle form 608 (PDF).
Applicable Law SDCL 32-5

 

Personalized Motorcycle

An owner of a motorcycle who is a resident of this state may apply for personalized motorcycle license plates. The plates are in addition to the regular license plates issued for the motorcycle. Personalized plates may contain a maximum of 6 letters and a minimum of one letter.

  Motorcycle Plate
Personalized Motorcycle Plate Personalized Motorcycle
Fee The annual fee for a personalized motorcycle license plate is $20.
Apply Complete a Personalized License Plate Application (MV 239)(PDF).
Applicable Law SDCL 32-5-89.2, SDCL 32-5-89.3

 

Disabled Person Motorcycle Plate

An owner of a vehicle may submit an application containing a physician's certificate on a form approved by the secretary, stating that the applicant is a person with a substantial physical disability that makes it impossible or causes significant hardship to walk. There are no additional fees charged for physically disabled person’s license plates.

  Motorcycle Plate
Permanently Disabled Person Plate Permanently Disabled Person Motorcycle Plate
Fee There is no additional charge for physically disabled person's license plates.
Apply Complete a Disabled Person Parking and License Plate Application (MV 044).
Applicable Law SDCL 32-5-76

 

Military Motorcycle Plates - Veterans

Veteran / Women Veteran

Any resident veteran owner of a motor vehicle, who possesses an active South Dakota driver’s license or SD ID card and is an honorably discharged veteran having served on active duty in the armed forces of the United States may apply.

  Motorcycle Plate
Air Force Plate Air Force Veteran Motorcycle Plate
Army Plate Army Veteran Motorcycle Plate
Coast Guard Plate Coast Guard Veteran Motorcycle Plate
Marine Plate Marine Veteran Motorcycle Plate
Navy Plate Navy Veteran Motorcycle Plate
Fee Veterans will pay the registration fee and an initial $10 special plate fee.
Apply Apply with a Veteran and Active Duty Military Member License Plate and Affidavit (PDF).
Applicable Law SDCL 32-5-154

 

Military Motorcycle Plates - Active Duty

Any resident owner of a motor vehicle, who has a valid SD driver’s license or SD ID card and who signs an affidavit attesting that he/she is currently serving on active duty in the armed forces of the U.S. Applicants will choose the emblem and the indicator below the emblem. If no indicator is chosen the branch of service will be printed below the emblem.

  Motorcycle Plate
Air Force Plate Air Force Motorcycle Plate
Army Plate Motorcycle Plate
Coast Guard Plate Coast Guard Motorcycle Plate
Marine Plate Marine Motorcycle Plate
Navy Plate Navy Motorcycle Plate
Fee Applicants will pay the regular plate fee and an initial $10 special plate fee.
Apply Apply with a Veteran and Active Duty Military Member License Plate and Affidavit (PDF).
Applicable Law SDCL 32-5-154

 

Other Military Motorcycle Plates

Air Force Cross

Any resident owner of a motor vehicle who possesses an active South Dakota driver license or SD ID card and who has received the Air Force Cross Medal may apply to the Secretary of Revenue for special license plates. If the applicant no longer qualifies for the plates or dies, the special plates may not be displayed on the vehicle beyond the expiration of the plates or renewal stickers.

  Motorcycle Plate
Air Force Cross Plate Air Force Cross Motorcycle Plate
Fee Upon initial application, the registration fee is charged in addition to a $10 fee for the special plates. A $5 mailing fee is also assessed. Upon renewal of the plates, the applicant pays the registration fee but is not assessed an additional fee for the plates.
Apply Complete an Application for South Dakota Military License Plates (MV-4000)(PDF).
Applicable Law 32-5-155, 32-5-156, and 32-5-157

 

Bronze Star

Any resident owner of a motor vehicle who possesses a South Dakota driver license or SD ID card and who has received the Bronze Star Medal may apply to the Secretary of Revenue for special license plates. If the applicant no longer qualifies for the plates or dies, the special plates may not be displayed on the vehicle beyond the expiration of the plates or renewal stickers.

  Motorcycle Plate
Bronze Star Plate Bronze Star Motorcycle Plate
Fee Upon initial application, the registration fee is charged in addition to a $10 fee for the special plates. A $5 mailing fee is also assessed. Upon renewal of the plates, the applicant pays the registration fee but is not assessed an additional fee for the plates.
Apply Complete an Application for South Dakota Military License Plates (MV-4000)(PDF).
Applicable Law 32-5-155, 32-5-156, and 32-5-157

 

Bronze Star with Valor

Any resident owner of a motor vehicle who possesses a South Dakota driver license or SD ID card and who has received the Bronze Star with Valor Service Medal may apply to the Secretary of Revenue for special license plates. If the applicant no longer qualifies for the plates or dies, the special plates may not be displayed on the vehicle beyond the expiration of the plates or renewal stickers.

  Motorcycle Plate
Bronze Star with Valor Plate Bronze Star with Valor Motorcycle Plate
Fee Upon initial application, the registration fee is charged in addition to a $10 fee for the special plates. A $5 mailing fee is also assessed. Upon renewal of the plates, the applicant pays the registration fee but is not assessed an additional fee for the plates.
Apply Complete an Application for South Dakota Military License Plates (MV-4000)(PDF).
Applicable Law 32-5-155, 32-5-156, and 32-5-157

 

Distinguished Flying Cross

Any resident owner of a motor vehicle who possesses a South Dakota driver license or SD ID card and who has received the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal may apply to the Secretary of Revenue for special license plates. If the applicant no longer qualifies for the plates or dies, the special plates may not be displayed on the vehicle beyond the expiration of the plates or renewal stickers.

  Motorcycle Plate
Distinguished Flying Cross Plate Distinguished Flying Cross Motorcycle Plate
Fee Upon initial application, the registration fee is charged in addition to a $10 fee for the special plates. A $5 mailing fee is also assessed. Upon renewal of the plates, the applicant pays the registration fee but is not assessed an additional fee for the plates.
Apply Complete an Application for South Dakota Military License Plates (MV-4000)(PDF).
Applicable Law 32-5-155, 32-5-156, and 32-5-157

 

Distinguished Service Cross

Any resident owner of a motor vehicle who possesses a South Dakota driver license or SD ID card and who has received the Distinguished Service Cross Medal may apply to the Secretary of Revenue for special license plates. If the applicant no longer qualifies for the plates or dies, the special plates may not be displayed on the vehicle beyond the expiration of the plates or renewal stickers.

  Motorcycle Plate
Distinguished Service Cross Plate Distinguished Service Cross Plate
Fee Upon initial application, the registration fee is charged in addition to a $10 fee for the special plates. A $5 mailing fee is also assessed. Upon renewal of the plates, the applicant pays the registration fee but is not assessed an additional fee for the plates.
Apply Complete an Application for South Dakota Military License Plates (MV-4000)(PDF).
Applicable Law 32-5-155, 32-5-156, and 32-5-157

 

Disabled Veteran

Before a person can receive a disabled veteran plate, they must be an owner of a motor vehicle or motorcycle and a resident veteran who is either:

  1. A recipient of a Veterans Administration K Award; or
  2. A recipient of an automobile under Public Law 187; or
  3. A recipient of a statutory benefit for loss or loss of use of one or more extremities; or
  4. A recipient of a veteran's allotment for total disability which is a service-connected injury.

In addition, the injury must have been incurred in active duty during a time of war or while participating in a military mission involving armed conflict. Disabled Veteran plates are available for passenger vehicles and motorcycles. Disabled Veteran plates will be issued from the division upon verification of Disabled Veteran status through the Veteran's Administration in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. If the applicant does not qualify for Disabled Veteran status, the $10 fee will be refunded.

  Motorcycle Plate
Disabled Veteran Plate Disabled Veteran Motorcycle Plate
Fee $10 will be charged annually for the Disabled Veteran plate, no registration fee is charged. A $5 mailing fee is also assessed.
Apply Complete an Application for South Dakota Military License Plates (MV-4000)(PDF).
Applicable Law 32-5-155, 32-5-157, and 32-5-160

 

Navy Cross

Any resident owner of a motor vehicle who possesses a South Dakota driver license or SD ID card and who has received the Navy Cross Medal may apply to the Secretary of Revenue for special license plates. If the applicant no longer qualifies for the plates or dies, the special plates may not be displayed on the vehicle beyond the expiration of the plates or renewal stickers.

  Motorcycle Plate
Navy Cross Plate Navy Cross Motorcycle Plate
Fee Upon initial application, the registration fee is charged in addition to a $10 fee for the special plates. A $5 mailing fee is also assessed. Upon renewal of the plates, the applicant pays the registration fee but is not assessed an additional fee for the plates.
Apply Complete an Application for South Dakota Military License Plates (MV-4000)(PDF).
Applicable Law 32-5-155, 32-5-156, and 32-5-157

 

POW

Any resident of South Dakota who was a prisoner of war (POW) while serving in the United States Armed Forces is eligible for special motor vehicle license plates. POW plates will be issued by the Division of Motor Vehicles upon verification of POW status through the Veteran's Administration in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. If the applicant dies the plates must be surrendered to the county treasurer's office of the applicants residence.

  Motorcycle Plate
POW Plate POW Motorcycle Plate
Fee $10 will be charged annually for the POW plate, no registration fee is charged. A $5 mailing fee is also assessed.
Apply Complete an Application for South Dakota Military License Plates (MV-4000)(PDF).
Applicable Law 32-5-155, 32-5-157, and 32-5-160

 

Purple Heart

Any resident veteran owner of a motor vehicle or motorcycle who has received the Purple Heart medal may apply to the Secretary of Revenue and Regulation for special motor vehicle license plates. The applicant must submit a copy of DD Form 214, discharge papers, verifying eligibility. If the applicant dies, the plate must be surrendered to the local county treasurer's office.

  Motorcycle Plate
Purple Heart Plate Purple Heart Motorcycle Plate
Fee $10 will be charged annually for the Purple Heart plate, no registration fee is charged. A $5 mailing fee is also assessed.
Apply Complete an Application for South Dakota Military License Plates (MV-4000)(PDF).
Applicable Law 32-5-155, 32-5-157, and 32-5-160

 

Silver Star

Any resident owner of a motor vehicle who possesses a South Dakota driver license or SD ID card and who has received the Silver Star Medal may apply to the Secretary of Revenue for special license plates. If the applicant no longer qualifies for the plates or dies, the special plates may not be displayed on the vehicle beyond the expiration of the plates or renewal stickers.

  Motorcycle Plate
Silver Star Plate Silver Star Motorcycle Plate
Fee Upon initial application, the registration fee is charged in addition to a $10 fee for the special plates. A $5 mailing fee is also assessed. Upon renewal of the plates, the applicant pays the registration fee but is not assessed an additional fee for the plates.
Apply Complete an Application for South Dakota Military License Plates (MV-4000)(PDF).
Applicable Law 32-5-155, 32-5-156, and 32-5-157

 

Gold Star

A resident owner of a motor vehicle who is a parent, a spouse, a sibling, or a child of a member of the US Armed Forces who died while in service to this country or who died as a result of the service. If the applicant dies, the plates may be retained by the plate owner's family, but may not be displayed on the vehicle beyond the expiration date of the plates or stickers.

  Motorcycle Plate
Gold Star Plate Gold Star Motorcycle Plate
Fee Upon initial application, applicant pays the registration fee, plus a $10 special license plate fee; annually only the the registration fee is assessed. A $5 mailing fee is also assessed.
Apply Applicant must complete a motor vehicle form 4000 (PDF) and submit for verification purposes a copy of the Department of Defense Report of Casualty (DD Form 1300) or death notice, or verification from the U.S.Department of Veterans Affairs that the service member's death was service-related.
Applicable Law 32-5-155, 32-5-156, and 32-5-157

 

Historic Motorcycles

Any resident who owns a motorcycle which is more than 30 years old may apply for "historic motorcycle" license plates which are permanent for the life of the motorcycle. Vehicles displaying historic plates can only be used for special occasions such as displays, parades, exhibitions, tours and similar uses, and may be driven to service stations or garages for fuel and repairs. It may not be used for general transportation purpose unless it displays regular number plates issued by the county treasurer.

  Motorcycle Plate
Historic License Plate Historical Motorcycle Plate
Fee A fee of $10 shall be assessed.
Apply Complete an Application for Special License Plates (MV-101)(PDF).
Applicable Law SDCL 32-5-77.3

 

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