Monday, January 19, 2015
You have to create an account, supplying a crapload of information, including the answers to four—four—security questions. That generates a user name and temporary password which you then use to create an actual user name and password (be sure to include at least one capital letter, number and symbol). Then you log back in, verify that you want to renew your registration, click through several more screens, and get transferred to a US Bank site to pay your fee.
It was much simpler in North Carolina. No multi-step process, no passwords. Just fill in your driver's license and registration numbers, your payment info, and click. I haven't decided whether the South Dakota DMV is being way too cautious or whether North Carolina wasn't cautious enough. Oh well, at least I don't need to drive back to South Dakota in the winter and stand in line.