Ready to get on the road with your trike or autocycle?
Keep reading for an overview of the licensing, registration, and insurance requirements for 3-wheel motorcycles in South Dakota.
Do you Need a Motorcycle License for a Trike in South Dakota?
Yes, you will need a motorcycle license to ride a trike in South Dakota.
For more information, please check out our guide on how to get a motorcycle license in South Dakota.
Do you Need a Motorcycle License for an Autocycle in South Dakota?
In South Dakota, a motorcycle license is not required to operate an autocycle like a Slingshot. A valid South Dakota driver’s license is all you need to legally drive one.
South Dakota 3 Wheel Motorcycle License Test
In order to get a trike motorcycle license, you’ll need to:
- Pass a motorcycle knowledge exam.
- Pass a motorcycle skills test.
If you complete an approved motorcycle training course, you will waive your DPS motorcycle testing requirements.
You are able to take the skill test on a 3-wheel motorcycle.
Prepare for your DMV tests with our South Dakota motorcycle permit practice test.
Be sure to refer to your state’s motorcycle operator handbook and the 3-wheel motorcycle supplement from MSF.
How to Register a Trike or Autocycle in South Dakota
South Dakota title and registration for 3-wheel motorcycles, trikes, and autocycles is a similar process to that of 2-wheel motorcycles.
In general, you’ll need the following items and information:
- Proof of ownership (Title, MCO, previous registration documents, Bill of Sale).
- An application for registration and title.
- Proof of completion of any necessary safety inspections.
- Proof of insurance coverage.
- Payment for your license plates, registration fees, and taxes.
For more details on registering and titling your trike or autocycle, please refer to our guides on the following topics:
- South Dakota Motorcycle Registration & Title Overview
- South Dakota Motorcycle Registration & Registration Renewals
- South Dakota Motorcycle Title Transfers
South Dakota Insurance Requirements for 3-Wheel Motorcycles and Autocycles
Motorcycle insurance is required for trikes and autocycles in South Dakota.
The right insurance coverage is a good idea to protect yourself, your financial health, and your vehicle in the event of an accident, theft, or damage.
Get more details in our guide to motorcycle insurance here.
Need a quote? Find the right autocycle or trike insurance policy with our free quote tool.
Learn more about trike insurance.
Note that state laws and regulations are subject to change, for any questions or further details about 3-wheel motorcycles in South Dakota, please contact the DMV or visit their official website.