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New South Dakota commercial, trailer and dealer license plates to be reissued in 2017

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, Oct., 19, 2015
Contact:  Jonathan Harms, Communications Director, Dept. of Revenue, 605-773-3311


New South Dakota commercial, trailer and dealer license plates to be reissued in 2017


PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Motor Vehicle division is reissuing commercial, dealer and trailer license plates beginning Jan. 1, 2017.


The new commercial and trailer plates will be available through local county treasurer offices and electronically at all 10 self-service terminals (SSTs) throughout the state, or from the Motor Vehicle customer portal at https://MySDCars.sd.gov.


Trailers weighing less than 3,000 pounds will receive a 6-inch license plate and trailers weighing 3,000 pounds and more will receive a 12-inch standard sized license plate.


Dealer plates included in the reissue are the standard dealer 77 plates, the commercial dealer 88 plates, auction dealer 99 plates, and manufactured home, trailer and motorcycle dealer plates. Dealer plates will continue to be obtained through the Motor Vehicle Division’s online dealer system or at the county treasurer office.  New for 2017, the dealer plate number will be the dealer license number.


“With the last reissue of commercial, trailer and dealer plates taking place in 2007, it is time to replace the old design and number sequence on the road for better readability and enforcement,” Lisa Weyer, director of the Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle division said. “Approximately 375,000 plates will be included in the 2017 reissue.”


Owners of commercial, dealer and trailer license plates with a January 2017 renewal will receive their annual registration renewal notice next month, and can renew their license plates up to 90 days in advance of their registration expiration. The new license plate designs will not be available until Jan. 1.


The license plates will continue to be made at Pheasantland Industries located in the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, S.D.