Motor Vehicle License

The Treasurer's Office titles and license all new and used motor vehicles, motorcycles, trailer, snowmobiles and boats.  Our office also records and release lien placed on vehicles.  

Titling Your Vehicle in South Dakota

South Dakota residents have 45 days from the date of purchase of a new or used vehicle to transfer the title into their name.  A penalty of $1.00 per week up to 26 weeks will be assessed for late transfers.  The penalty for a transfer after 26 weeks is $50.00.  Interest on the 4% excise tax will also be assessed on any title transfer done after 45 days.  For each month or party thereof for which the tax payment is late, interest at the rate of 1.25% or $5.00, whichever is greater, is automatically applied against any application made after 60 days from the purchase date.   

A 4% excise tax is imposed on most motor vehicle transactions unless they qualify for an exemption. The tax is based on the purchase price of the motor vehicle listed on the bill of sale, purchase order, or sale contract.  All vehicles 10 model years or newer are taxed, regardless of the purchase price.  Vehicles which are 11 or more years older, may be exempt from the 4% excise tax if the bill of sale indicated a price of $2,200 or less.  Credit is given for trade-ins.

Vehicle Registration Renewals

Registration on commercial, non-commercial vehicles and trailers, motorcycles, snowmobiles and boats are done on a staggered licensing system based on the first letter of the owner's last name, or in the case of a business, on the beginning letter of the business name.  

  • A, B - January

  • C, D, E - February

  • F, G, J - March

  • H, I, O - May

  • K, L - June

  • M, N - July

  • P, Q, R - August

  • S - September

  • T thru Z - November

Commercial Vehicle Plates

The county Treasure is able to process title commercial vehicles and tract/trailers. Please be sure to have with you completed titles and bill of sale and all pertinent information about the tractor/trailer (examples: weight, length, make/model, mileage, etc.)  Out of state title transfer must also include a scale ticket showing the weight.,  These can be obtained from a local elevator or commercial scale.  

The Treasurer is not able to license or process title transfer on prorated commercial vehicles and tractor/trailers.  Please visit for more information about prorating or contract the SD Department of Revenue.  

The Hamlin County Treasurer's Office does not issue IRS 2290 forms.  Forms are available for pick-up in the Treasurer's Office.  Form 2290 must be filed with the IRS.

Treasurer's Information

Jessica Trautner

Hamlin County Treasurer

PO Box 267

Hayti, South Dakota 57241-0267

Phone:  605 783-3441

Fax:  605 783-3201


Treasurer's Hours

Monday through Friday


Closed on weekends and legal holidays.