Original Aircraft Registration:

Original Application for Aircraft Registration Form

Before any aircraft can be licensed by the Department of Transportation, the owner must have satisfied the original registration tax requirement. IF you are new resident of South Dakota, reciprocity of the tax may apply. In general though, a tax of 4% is due based on purchase price of aircraft. Aircraft used for agricultural purposes will be charged 3%.

Reciprocity means that if the plane was purchased in a participating state and has already paid an original registration tax equal to or greater than South Dakota's then you won't have to pay that tax again if you move your primary residence to South Dakota. South Dakota has reciprocity with many States in regards to this tax except for: Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, & Rhode Island. Owners or lessees of new or used aircraft not previously registered in this state must, within 30 days of operation, register such aircraft with the South Dakota Department of Transportation and pay the original registration tax.

If taxes and penalties are due, registration of the aircraft may not be completed without collection of those fees and taxes.


  • Failure to register an aircraft within 30 days after it is operated in this state: Class 2 Misdemeanor.
  • Failure to pay the original registration tax within 30 days after the aircraft is operated in this state: Class 1 Misdemeanor.
  • Failure to pay the registration tax within ninety days of the due date shall result in a civil penalty of one-half percent of the tax due for each month, or portion of the month, until the tax is paid in accordance with this chapter, not to exceed five percent of the tax due.

Annual Aircraft Registration

Annual Aircraft Registration Form - Fillable PDF file

South Dakota statute SDCL 50-11-8 requires every resident aircraft owner or lessee to register annually. The deadline for annual registration is March 31 each year.

Complete the form as fully and accurately as possible. The calculated fee for Annual Aircraft Registration is based on the schedule below that uses the age and class weight of your aircraft.


WEIGHT CLASS (Max Gross Takeoff WT) AIRCRAFT New - 9 Yrs AIRCRAFT 10 Yrs Plus
0 - 1,500 $ 25.00 $ 12.50
1,501 - 2,000 $ 40.00 $ 20.00
2,001 - 3,000 $ 55.00 $ 27.50
3,001 - 4,000 $ 70.00 $ 35.00
4,001 - 5,000 $ 85.00 $ 42.50
5,001 - 6,000 $ 100.00 $ 50.00
6,001 - 10,000 $ 125.00 $ 62.50
10,001 - 12,499 $ 150.00 $ 75.00
12,500 - 15,000 $ 200.00 $ 100.00
15,001 - and over $ 300.00 $ 150.00

New aircraft in South Dakota pay the annual fees on a pro-rated basis. If aircraft comes to SD after June 30th half of the normal fee is due. After September 30th, one-fourth of the normal fee is due. In all cases, a minimum fee of $10 is required to register an aircraft.

Aircraft Dealers

Aircraft Dealer License

South Dakota Codified Law 50-12will show all requirements to be an aircraft dealer. Any person desiring to sell more than one aircraft within South Dakota shall apply for an aircraft dealer's license. To be a dealer, that person must possess one or more aircraft under normal registration in addition to at least two other planes for resale purposes. Dealer licenses cost $200 every two years. If a plane is to be used until it is sold (please note restrictions of use under SDCL 50-12-8), the dealer will need a Commercial Use Stamp as well. Each Use Stamp is $100 in addition to the $200 license fee.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Jennifer Boehm at (605) 773-4430 or jennifer.boehm@state.sd.us.

Mailing Address: SDDOT, 700 E. Broadway Ave., Pierre, SD 57501

Pilot Registration is no longer required in South Dakota

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