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Law

SD Senate Bill 190

Notary Law Update: SD Senate Bill 190

State: South Dakota

Summary:

Senate Bill 190 authorizes the South Dakota Secretary of Public Safety to extend the expiration of driver's licenses and nondriver's identification cards, two forms of identification presented to Notaries, during the COVID-19 emergency.

Signed:  March 30, 2020

Effective:  March 30, 2020

Chapter: TBD

Affects:

Affects South Dakota operator's license, motorcycle operator's license, restricted minor's permit, motorcycle restricted minor's permit, or nondriver identification.

Changes:
  1. Authorizes the South Dakota Secretary of Public Safety to order the extension of the expiration date for an operator's license, motorcycle operator's license, restricted minor's permit, motorcycle restricted minor's permit, or nondriver identification card, commercial driver's license and instructional permit for a period not to exceed the duration of the Governor's emergency or disaster declaration plus an additional ninety days.
Analysis:

Senate Bill 190 gives the South Dakota Secretary of Public Safety the authority to order the extension of the expiration date of various forms of driver's licenses that would have expired normally during the state of emergency brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. In a press release issued shortly after the bill was signed by the Governor, Secretary Craig Price did just that.

The South Dakota Secretary of State's Frequently Asked Questions indicates that a document signer may provide a driver's license or nondriver's ID as identification. The presentation of a currently valid driver's license or ID is endorsed as a standard of professional practice by the NNA.

With this extension, South Dakota Notaries may rely on these extended driver's licenses and IDs, but they must keep informed of the date the Governor rescinds the state of emergency in the future so that they will know the exact date these IDs expire and should no longer be accepted.

Read the bill text.

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