South Dakota State Electric Bike Laws

South Dakota State Electric Bike Laws

How does South Dakota define what an electric bike is?

The state of South Dakota (SD) defines electric bikes as “electric personal assistive devices.” These devices are two-wheel devices designed to transport only one person with electric propulsion that is limited to 15mph.

Do you need a license, insurance or registration in South Dakota?

The state of South Dakota does not have licensing and registration requirements for electric bikes.

What are the laws around helmets in South Dakota?

Helmets are not required for riders.

What are the rules for riding on the road in South Dakota?

Electric bikes are exempt from other motor vehicle exclusions and can be ridden without restriction on roadways, bike paths and sidewalks. Electric bike riders must yield to pedestrians and motor vehicle traffic.


Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable. EVELO strongly encourages checking with City, County, State and other local agencies for the most recent laws governing the proper, legal use of electric bicycles in your area. Electric bikes are prohibited on sidewalks.


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