PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — Motorists used South Dakota’s self-serve terminals to renew license tags for more than 85,000 cars, pickups and other noncommercial vehicles during the past year, state government’s new director of motor vehicles said Wednesday.
“We just think it’s a really convenient way,” Rosa Yaeger said.
The division handled more than 1.5 million registrations during the 2018 fiscal year.
There are now 10 terminals in the field with the recent addition of Lynn’s Dakotamart in downtown Pierre.
Most are in places where people also can shop for food round the clock seven days a week.
“It’s a really easy way to get your groceries and your registration at the same time,” Yaeger said.
Many motorists renew the traditional way by visiting their county courthouses. Another option is online, although that requires waiting for stickers to be mailed.
Yaeger said South Dakota was one of the first states to use self-serve terminals for motor-vehicle registrations.
Her division uses a private contractor, Intellectual Technology, based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The company owns the terminals.
“The 10 machines we have (in the field) are the 10 machines we have available. I do know there are lots of places that would like one,” Yaeger said.
State government pays the company $1 for each registration processed through the terminals. The company meanwhile collects an additional fee from each customer: 2.5 percent if the customer pays by credit card or $1.50 if payment is by check.
Other terminal sites are:
Hy-Vee Food Store, at 4101 S. Louise Avenue at the corner of 49th Street, Sioux Falls.
Get N Go convenience, 5400 Arrowhead Parkway at the corner of 10th Street, Sioux Falls.
Pennington County Building, at 130 Kansas City Street; Rapid City.
Rushmore Mall, inside what was the Herberger’s wing, at 2200 N. Maple Avenue. Rapid City.
Revenue Department, Anderson Building, 445 E. Capitol Avenue, Pierre.
Kessler’s, 615 Sixth Avenue SE, Aberdeen.
Hy-Vee Food Store, 1320 Ninth Avenue SE, Watertown.
County Fair Food Store, 1305 W. Havens Avenue, Mitchell.
Hy-Vee Food Store, 2100 Broadway Avenue, Yankton.
South Dakota law says driving on expired tags is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a $500 fine or both.
The state Department of Public Safety policy is that expired plates are illegal and a ticket or a warning will be issued if a motorist is caught driving after the expiration date, according to spokesman Tony Mangan.
The self-serve terminals allow people to renew up to nine months after registrations expire, but they must pay for the entire current year, according to Yaeger.