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F.A.Q. "Frequently Asked Questions".  This page contains answers to common
questions handled by our support staff.
How do I compare Mail Forwarding Services?
Why setup my home base in SD?
What are the SD tax burdens and advantages?
How do I become a SD resident?
Do I need to travel to South Dakota to become a resident?
How much does it cost to forward my mail?
How do I get started with my mail forwarding service?
Are there any hidden fees for services provided by
MyDakotaAddress.com?
How much does it cost to license my vehicle or RV in South Dakota?
What paperwork is required to register my vehicle in South Dakota?
What is the cost to obtain a South Dakota Drivers License?
How do I obtain a South Dakota drivers license?
How do I register to vote?
How do I check insurance rates for my RV or health insurance?
South Dakota Hunting License Information. (click here) as more restrictive
requirements are are listed than just a mailing address and driver's license.

 

How do I compare Mail Forwarding Services?

Price, features, state residency advantages, friendly yet professional
group, a firm that has considered the legal aspects of all transactions
and can assure you that things are done correctly.

Price, Be sure to compare more than just the mail service fee.  Ask the
following questions, (a). Are there handling fees for each mailing?
(b.) Are there handling fees for packages too large for box and packages
that require signatures? (c.)  Are there handling fees for packages sent
through a next day or 2-day service?  (d.)  Am I being charged for envelopes
or packaging?  (e.) What is my postage deposit being used for?

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Why setup my home base in SD?

South Dakota has a lower tax burden compared to other states. 
You can compare your current state tax burden with South Dakota
by visiting the Retirement Living Resource Center at
http://www.retirementliving.com/RLtaxes.html.

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What are the SD tax burdens and advantages?

South Dakota has No state income tax (this includes earned income,
pensions, military retirement, dividends, interest, etc.)

South Dakota has NO state inheritance tax.

South Dakota has only a 4% sales tax on merchandise (local communities
can add one or two percent to this figure).  IMPORTANT - you will not
pay this 4% sales tax on vehicles, motor homes, or recreational vehicles. 
Please see below for these tax amounts.

South Dakota imposes only a 3% tax rate ON THE TRADE DIFFERENCE
on vehicle, RV, motor homes.  For example, if you purchase a new RV for
$50,000 and trade your existing RV and receive $30,000 trade in credit,
you pay a difference of $20,000. You would pay the 3% vehicle
tax on only the $20,000 difference meaning your tax would be $600.

This can be a huge difference when compared to some states that might
charge 6% on the entire amount!

South Dakota does not require that your vehicles have a annual safety inspection.

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How do I become a Madison, SD resident?

Obtain a South Dakota address from MyDakotaAddress.com, by
completing the Mail Forwarding Service Agreement, and PS Form 1583. 
Your new physical street address qualifies for your South Dakota
Vehicle Registrations, South Dakota drivers license, and voter
registration.  For assistance please contact our office at
1-605-427-5863, 1-866-202-2163, or
info@mydakotaaddress.com.

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Do I need to travel to South Dakota to become a resident?

You can establish your address and register your vehicle through the mail,
but you will need to travel to South Dakota to obtain your driver's license.

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How much does it cost to forward my mail?

Feature

MONTHLY

BI-WEEKLY

WEEKLY

ON DEMAND

Service Rate (3 Month Minimum)
includes
6% sales tax

$8.00/month

$25.44

$10.00/month

$31.80

$13.00/month

$41.34

$18.00/month

$57.24

Prepaid Annual Rate (One Month Free)
includes 6% sales tax

13 months service

$101.76

13 months service

$127.20

13 months service

$165.36

13 months service

$228.96

Discount for Retired Military or Active Duty Military

10%

10%

10%

10%

Account Activation Fee

$10.00

$10.00

$10.00

 
Waived

Minimum Postage Deposit

$50.00

$50.00

$50.00

$50.00

Email notification as your mail is received,

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

FREE

Choice of Mail Delivery Options (USPS, UPS, Fed-EX)

FREE

FREE

FREE

FREE

Custom Printed Address Cards Showing Your New South Dakota Address

FREE

FREE

FREE

FREE

Custom Printed Return Address Labels

FREE

FREE

FREE

FREE

SD Vehicle Registration Assistance

$20.00 per vehicle

$35.00 for two or more

$20.00 per vehicle

$35.00 for two or more

$20.00 per vehicle

$35.00 for two or more

$20.00 per vehicle

$35.00 for two or more

 

 

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How do I get started with my mail forwarding service?

It’s as easy as 1 – 2 - 3! Just complete these simple steps and your
mail will be forwarded per your services selected.

  1. Review, complete, and sign the Dakota International Services, LLC
    Mail Service Agreement, Form 101-0805 and an order form.

  2. Complete the Postal Form 1583, and prepare all necessary
    attachments. For your convenience we have attached an instruction
    list and sample for this form. If you have any questions or
    need further assistance in completing this form, please contact
    our office at 1-605-427-5863, 1-866-202-2163, or
    info@mydakotaaddress.com.

  3. Mail all of the above to:

Dakota International Services, LLC
PO Box 137
Madison, SD 57042

MyDakotaAddress will contact immediately upon receipt with your
new personal South Dakota address.

Forms available here.    PS Form 1583   Sample PS Form 1583 

Power of Attorney Statement (for Vehicle Registration)

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Are there any hidden fees for services provided by
MyDakotaAddress.com?

There are NO hidden fees.  NO inquiry fees.  There are NO additional
charges for special sorting or mailing supplies, such as
envelopes, labels, etc.  MyDakotaAddress.com offers a 3-month or
annual service contract rate for Weekly and on Demand Forwarding. 
An account activation fee is applicable only to the Weekly type service. 
Billable postage consists of actual shipping costs.  A 6% sales tax is
applicable only to the service contract rates.

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How much does it cost to license my vehicle or RV in
South Dakota?

South Dakota bases your fees on the weight and age of the vehicle or RV.
You can determine the exact registration fee for your vehicle by visiting
the SD Department of Motor Vehicles (SD-DMV) at www.state.sd.us/drr2/motorvehicle/title/register.htm
.

For example, my 2005 Ford F350 truck weighs about 7,500 pounds
and after reviewing the fee schedule for RV's in the link above, I found
that my registration fee would be $65.00 per year. My
2004 30' Jayco fifth wheel trailer weighs about 7,600 pounds and
costs $86.00 per year. 

Other applicable fees include:  Title Fee- $5.00, Lien Fee - $5.00 (if applicable),
Solid Waste Fee - $1.00, Wheel Tax - $4.00 per wheel
(a maximum of $16.00 annually).  (Wheel tax is applicable to some counties
in South Dakota, including Lake County.)  A 3% excise tax may be applicable. 
Exception to the 3% excise tax;  ATV's and Moped's are taxed at a sales tax rate of 6%,
payable to the South Dakota Department of Revenue if not paid with purchase price.

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What paperwork is required to register my vehicle in South Dakota?

1.      Application for Motor Vehicle and Registration – I can complete this for you, as your authorized agent if you’ll sign a notarized Power of Attorney statement.  This allows me to apply for the Certificate of Title on your behalf.  One Power of Attorney statement must be completed for each vehicle.  
Power of Attorney Form

 

2.      An original Title or Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (if new) properly transferred to the applicant.

3.      A Bill of Sale, purchase order or sales contract – will be used to determine the 3% excise tax and or proof of sales tax already paid if at least a 3% tax was paid to another state.  If at least a 3% tax has been paid to another state it is not collected again.

4.      Vehicle weight  – South Dakota license fees are determined by the empty weight and year of the vehicle.  We need to provide verification of the empty weight for all recreational vehicles.  The follows documents may be provided:

a.      Copy of brochure indicating the empty weight or UVW on the spec page.

b.      A photo of the sticker inside the vehicle generally located behind a cabinet door.

c.      If you are providing a Certificate of Origin this information will be shown.

5.      A copy of your current driver’s license.

6.   If you do not have a South Dakota driver's license you will need to provide a copy of your Social Security card.

6.      The current odometer reading (if applicable) for each vehicle and color of each vehicle.

7.      The type of fuel of the vehicle (if applicable).

8.      A signed and notarized affidavit in support of Non-residency.  This is required if you do not have a South Dakota driver's license.

Affidavit In Support of Non-residency Form

 

 

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What is the cost of a South Dakota Driver's License?

Driver License or ID Card - New or Renewal - $20.00
Commercial Driver License - New or Renewal - $25.00
Commercial Driver License Endorsement Tests - $10.00 each test
Duplicate Driver License or ID - $10.00
Reinstatement Fees - $50 to $200

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How do I obtain a South Dakota driver's license?

Your physical presence is required to apply for a South Dakota Driver’s License.
When you obtain your first SD driver's license you must stay one night in a campground or motel and show a receipt to the driver's license office.  You will still put your My Dakota Address on your license. 

 

Documents Required to Obtain a Driver License

New Requirements for All Driver License and ID Card Applicants Effective 12-31-09

Effective Dec.31, 2009 federal regulations require anyone applying for a new, renewal, or duplicate driver license or identification card will have to provide the following documents listed below (photo copies are not acceptable).

One of the following to prove identity, date of birth, and lawful status:

Certified U.S. birth certificate issued by State or County (hospital birth certificates are not acceptable)                                                       
Valid unexpired U.S. passport
Certificate of Naturalization       
Certificate of Citizenship
Valid unexpired permanent resident card
Valid unexpired employment authorization document
Foreign passport with valid unexpired U.S. Visa with I-94

If your name is different than the name on your identity document, you will need to bring additional proof of your legal name. Acceptable documents for proof of a legal name change are a certified marriage certificate (issued by a state vital records agency), a certified adoption document, or a certified court order authorizing a name change (such as a divorce decree).

(For phone numbers and addresses to write for Vital Records, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm.

One document to prove Social Security number. Only the documents listed below can serve as proof of Social Security number (document must include your full social security number):

Social Security card
W-2 Form
SSA 1099 Form
Non-SSA 1099 Form
Pay stub (must include name and social security number)

(For information on how to apply for a social security number or replacement card, please visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber/ )

Two documents to prove your residential address. Please bring two of the documents listed below (each must contain your current address):

Utility bill
Credit card statement
Pay stub or earnings statement
Rent receipt
Phone bill
Transcript or report card from an accredited school     
Bank statement
Mortgage document
Tax document
Homeowners/renter's insurance policy
Other items will be reviewed by licensing personnel
If you are unable to provide proof of residency please call for exceptions 1-800-952-3696.
PO Box addresses are acceptable in areas not assigned a street or 911 addresses.

Address Exceptions:

Minors - If a minor does not have two documents proving residency the parent may provide two forms for them.

Living with someone else - An individual residing with another person may have the other person sign a "Consent for Use of South Dakota Address" form and present two residency documents belonging to the person they reside with.

Living within an Organization or facility - A letter from the organization or facility (on their letterhead) stating the individual resides there...

People who travel full time - If you are using a mail forwarding address the applicant must complete the "Residency Affidavit" and provide one document proving their temporary address (campground or RV park receipt). If they have friends or family in South Dakota and will be using their address they can complete and follow the instructions on the Consent for Use of Address Form.

Military and Military Dependents - Can use out-of-state address on their license and provide two documents proving residency that include the out-of-state address.

 

Our examiners have the right to question any documents and request additional information prior to Drivers License or ID Card issuance. These new rules

will help to establish a more secure driver license and will help address our shared concern about national security, identity theft, and highway safety.

If you have any questions please call the central Driver Licensing Program office at 1-800-952-3696.

 

 

 The Lake County Driver Exam Station schedule in Madison is: Every Tuesday,
9:00 am to 3:45 pm.  Your South Dakota Driver's license can be obtained
at any County Driver Exam Station in South Dakota.  If the schedule in Lake
County is inconvenient please contact our office for schedules available in
other counties or click on the following link to obtain this information. 

 http://www.state.sd.us/dps/dl/FAQS/city.htm

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How do I register to vote?

Fill out a voters registration form.  The deadline for registration is 15 days before any election.  Please contact our office at 1-866-202-2163 or info@mydakotaaddress.com for details.

 

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How do I check the insurance rates for my RV?

Please contact Mr. Dan Dougherty with Dougherty & Associates, Full-time RV, Auto, Health, Long-Term Care insurance.  Web Site"  www.doughertyassoc.net, Email:  danjohn@doughertyassoc.net, Toll free:  1-866-725-5643, Local:  605-361-6318, Fax:  605-361-0596.

Please contact the local Progressive Agent, Mr. Greg Fender
Web Site:     http://www.firstmadisoninsurance,  phone 1-800-288-5674 or email at greg@firstmadisoninsurance.com your auto and RV insurance needs.

Please contact Ms. Elizabeth Molstad with Kundert-Williams Insurance at 605-256-6608 or 1-800-456-2561 .  Email address:  info@kundertwilliams.com.

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