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The Treasurer’s Office titles and licenses all new and used motor vehicles, motorcycles, ATV’s, trailers, snowmobiles, and boats in Lawrence County. It also releases and notates motor vehicle liens and assists taxpayers in applying for duplicate titles, temporary, 30-day commercial, snowmobile and handicapped permits.

The Treasurer’s office does not sell the ATV permits that are required to ride the trails within the Black Hills National Forest. They can be obtained in person at the Spearfish Ranger District (605-642-4622) or the Custer Ranger District (605-673-9200) which also handles the applications by mail. For more information and application go to

Registration is on a staggered licensing system based on the first letter of the owner’s last name. The Department of Motor Vehicle mails out a renewal card listing all vehicles in the owners name that are ready to renew within the next 90 days. The owner has the option to renew on-line through the State using, mailing the card and payment to the Lawrence County Treasurer, or coming in person to the Treasurer’s Office. The Department of Motor Vehicles mails out a renewal NOTICE. They can also renew at any self service kiosk the state has set up across South Dakota. The locations are listed on the customer’s renewal notice. Rapid City has 2 locations, at the Pennington County Administration Building (130 Kansas City St, Ste 250) and at Rushmore Mall during mall hours (2200 N Maple Ave).

Vehicle owners have 45 days from the date of purchase of a new, used, or leased motor vehicle to transfer title into their name. Penalties and interest will be assessed for late transfers. A 4% excise tax is imposed on most vehicle transactions unless exempt. The excise tax is based on the purchase price of the motor vehicle listed on the bill of sale, purchase order, or sales contract, including any assessed document fees, extended warranties, rebates and all other taxable charges. Credit is given for trade-ins if the vehicle is in the owners name at time of transfer.

For any title work, the owners will have to provide a copy of a South Dakota Driver’s license, or an out of state photo ID and physical proof of Social Security number for every person listed on the title.


January     A, B                    July         M, N
February    C, D, E                 August       P, Q, R
March       F, G, J                 September    S
May         H, I, O                 November     T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z
June        K, L

Renewal Payment Options
We accept cash, personal check from South Dakota banks, cashier’s check, money orders, or credit card through Official Payments.

When you pay by check, you authorize us to use its information to process an electronic funds transfer (EFT). When we use information from your check to make an electronic fund transfer, funds may be withdrawn from you account as soon as the same day you make your payment.

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