State guidelines and updates for COVID-19

Mar 25, 2020

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South Dakota Governor Noem Executive Orders – Guidance for all South Dakotans

Whereas, An outbreak of the severe respiratory disease, COVID-19, which is caused by and is transmitted by the person-to-person spread of the novel coronavirus, started in late 2019 and has currently been detected in more than 100 countries, including the United States; and,

Whereas, The World Health Organization has designated COVID-19 a pandemic, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared a public health emergency; and,

Whereas, The CDC has issued guidance to state and local governments and all citizens recommending steps to prevent community spread and guard against the COVID-19 outbreak; and,

Whereas, Executive Order 2020-04 declared South Dakota to be in a State of Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and,

Whereas, As members of a community, South Dakotans join together in times of crisis to confront difficult times and help their neighbors:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, KRISTI NOEM, Governor of the State of South Dakota, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the Laws of this State, including but not limited to SDCL 34-48A, do hereby Order and Direct the following:

Every South Dakotan should:

  1. Review and practice the recommended CDC hygiene practices designed to stop the spread of the disease COVID-19 and encourage others to do so as well.
  2. Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, call a health care provider if suffering symptoms in advance of a visit to a provider, and stay at home if sick.
  3. Understand that those who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, including those over age 60 and those suffering from respiratory or cardiac conditions, should take extra precautions and remain home if possible.
  4. Implement social distancing measures and support businesses who are adjusting their business model to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  5. Assist those who work in essential jobs such as emergency personnel, medical professionals, and law enforcement.

All employers, both for profit and not-for-profit, within the State of South Dakota should:

  1. Implement the recommended CDC hygiene practices and other business strategies designed to reduce the likelihood of spreading the disease.
  2. Understand that the COVID-19 is not a short-term challenge, and operations will need to endure a difficult and limited social environment for potentially eight weeks or more.
  3. Innovate and continue to demonstrate entrepreneurial excellence in their operations during this difficult and uncertain environment.
  4. Encourage staff to telework if possible, implement social distancing measures, limit unnecessary work gatherings, limit non-essential travel, and consider regular health checks including CDC guidance for COVID-19 screening if possible.
  5. Offer, to the extent possible, special shopping times or access periods for populations particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.

Any “enclosed retail business that promotes public gatherings” within the State of South Dakota should:

  1. Suspend or modify business practices as recommended by CDC guidance that involve ten or more people to be in an enclosed space where physical separation of at least six feet is not possible.
  2. Continue offering or consider offering business models that do not involve public gatherings, including takeout, delivery, drive-through, curb-side service, off-site services, social distancing models, or other innovative business practices that do not involve public gatherings in an enclosed space.
  3. Consider business arrangements and innovative ideas intended to support the critical infrastructure sectors, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security.

For the purpose of sections 11 through 13, an “enclosed retail business that promotes public gatherings” means any enclosed facility operating as a bar, restaurant, brewery, cafe, casino, coffee shop, recreational or athletic facility, health club, or entertainment venue.

All healthcare organizations within the State of South Dakota should:

  1. Implement or Continue to follow CDC guidance and maintain their exceptional efforts to prepare for the expected surge of patients needing health care services as a result of the COVID-19 disease.
  2. Postpone all non-essential elective surgeries to conserve (and thereby maximize) supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE).

All local and municipal governments within the State of South Dakota should:

  1. Implement the recommended CDC hygiene practices and public employee arrangements designed to reduce the likelihood of spreading the disease, and take action based on facts, data, and science.
  2. Restrict public gatherings of ten people or more, unless it is necessary.
  3. Review the business practices of each “enclosed retail business that promotes public gatherings” in their community for compliance with this Executive Order and protect the ability of those businesses to innovate.
  4. Encourage entrepreneurial innovation in the private sector to provide employment opportunities to protect the continued operation of the free market consistent with recommended CDC hygiene practices and understand that COVID-19 will impact their communities for potentially eight weeks or more.
  5. Protect the critical infrastructure sectors, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services, pharmaceutical industry, and food supply entities, as these sectors have a special responsibility to maintain their normal work schedule.


  1. This Order should be read in conjunction with the list that is attached to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) memorandum dated March 19, 2020.
  2. This Order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the State of South Dakota, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
  3. Sovereign nations within the borders of South Dakota should review the matters set forth herein and make their own decisions in accordance with tribal law.
  4. This Order is based on developing data, facts, and science and may be rescinded or amended, and shall expire on the earlier of when revoked, superseded, or automatically on May 2, 2020.

Additional Executive Orders:

South Dakota State Agency – Public Safety – Drivers Licensing

I have been in contact with Jane Schrank, Director of South Dakota Driver Licensing Program. She has communicated with me that there is a 90-day extensions for all (even those with haz mat). Also, that SD has always issued extensions to drivers who were unable to get into exam stations so we are continuing an existing practice. – Dawna Leitzke, SDP2MA Executive Director

All driver exam stations in South Dakota and the Pierre Central Office are closed to the public until May 2, 2020 in accordance with Governor Noem’s executive order.

To request a license extension or obtain a temporary permit, please email or call (605) 773-6883 and leave a message.

You can still renew your license online or schedule an appointment here on our website.


FMCSA grants a waiver through June 30, 2020 from certain regulations applicable to interstate and intrastate commercial driver’s license (CDL) and commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders and to other interstate drivers operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).

Read the full waiver here.


Apply for a renewal or replacement license

Gone are the days of waiting in line at the driver exam station. Renew your South Dakota Driver’s License online or apply for a duplicate/replacement license without leaving home. All you need are a few minutes, some required documents and your Visa or MasterCard.

Licenses may be renewed 180 days prior to their expiration date unless the applicant is turning 21 years of age. Licenses expiring 30 days after licensee’s 21st birthday may only be renewed within the 30 days immediately following the birth date.

If your license has been expired for more than 30 days, you will be required to apply at a driver exam station and complete the written knowledge test.

Use the button below to see if you are eligible to renew your South Dakota driver’s license.


If you have questions or difficulties using this site, email us or call (605) 773-6883.

South Dakota State Agency – Revenue – Vehicle Registration

For the safety of employees and the general public, Governor Kristi Noem signed an Executive Order directing all nonessential staff to work remotely. While the Department of Revenue offices are closed, we are open for business online Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT.

We encourage the public to visit our website and use our live chat feature to speak with Revenue staff. Our live chat is located on every page in the bottom right hand corner. We want to ensure direct communication to the best of our abilities while doing our part to keep the public and our staff safe. We promise to provide updates as the situation evolves. In the meantime, please utilize our resources through our website, our social media platforms, and our call center.

Important Dates to Remember for March 22-28

  • If you are looking to submit your ACH debit payments for tax returns, please reach out through Live Chat or call 1-800-829-9188. Our Business Tax division would be happy to help.
  • If your last name starts with F, G, or J and you are looking to renew your vehicle registrations for the March 31 deadline, the Department of Revenue has extended your time to renew till May 1, 2020.
  • If you have temporary seller’s permits that expire March 16, 2020 through April 1, 2020, you will be granted an additional 30 days from the expiration date to get the title transfer documents and payment to the county treasurer and register the vehicle before any law enforcement action is taken. The motor vehicle division will waive any interest or penalties that accrue due to this extension.
  • The Huron Temporary Office will not be open Thursday, March 26, 2020. Please keep up-to-date with the upcoming Huron Temporary Office and any other important dates by checking our calendar here.

South Dakota State Agency – Other Resources

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