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South Dakota Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Laws

Help Your Young Driver Become A Safe Driver.

Laws are based on your current location.

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Car crashes are the number one killer of teens in the nation1. Each year, more than 3,000 teenagers are killed in motor vehicle crashes2 and nearly 450,000 are injured3, but with the right training and education, you can help lower your teen's risk. Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws are designed to help young drivers earn skills and experience before gaining full driving privileges. It's important to discuss these laws with your teen because research has shown GDL laws can reduce crash rates among 16-year-old drivers by almost 43%4.

In 2012, President Obama signed the Transportation Reauthorization bill into law. It includes incentive grants for states that adopt GDL laws. Allstate is committed to encouraging every state to adopt these new teen driving safety standards.

South Dakota Graduated Driver Licensing Provisions

Minimum age
14 years old
Learner stage duration
6 months without driver's ed.;
3 months with driver's ed.
Required supervised driving hours
Nighttime driving restriction
10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Passenger restriction
(family members are exempt unless otherwise noted)
no restriction
Minimum age for full-privilege driving
16 years old

For more teen driving and GDL information, see the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's listing of GDL laws.

Learn more about South Dakota licensing requirements and teen driving in South Dakota.

Adding A New Driver To Your Car Insurance Policy.

When you have a teen driver, you have a lot on your mind. Navigating this milestone moment can be daunting, but Allstate will be there to help you through it. From figuring out how to educate your teen about safe driving to understanding the ins and outs of teen car insurance, your agent will be there to help answer your questions. When you have the right information, it's easier to choose the coverage levels deductibles that work best with your needs and your budget.

Insuring a new driver could mean you're eligible for new discounts. Your agent can help you find additional ways to save as you update your policy. If you're purchasing a new car for your teen driver, be sure to ask about new car discounts and check out the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's information on vehicle safety ratings and features.

Find an agent to learn more about insuring a young driver with Allstate.

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