• Any device other than headlamps, spot lamps, or auxiliary driving lamps which projects a beam of light of an intensity greater than 25 candlepower shall be so directed that the beam will not strike the level of the surface on which the vehicle stands at a distance of more than 50 feet from the vehicle.
  • A person may not drive any vehicle on any highway with any lamp or device on it that displays a red or blue light visible from directly in front of its center. Motor vehicles are to be equipped with lamps of white color. Red lights in front of the vehicle on a highway is prohibited. Blue lights and strobe lights are prohibited.
  • High beams must be dimmed when overtaking a vehicle from behind or in front. Any vehicle may be equipped with up to three auxiliary driving lamps mounted on the front. No auxiliary driving lamp mounted on a motor vehicle, other than a fog lamp, may be lighted at any time the lighted headlamps on the vehicle are in a low beam position.
  • South Dakota headlights laws

    Lighting laws in South Dakota

    2013 South Dakota Codified Laws

    Title 32 - MOTOR VEHICLES

    Chapter 17 - Vehicle Lights And Flares

    Department of Transportation Department of Transportation


    32-17-1. Headlamps required --Exceptions--

    Violation as petty offense. Every motor vehicle other than a motorcycle, road roller, road machinery, or farm tractor shall be equipped with at least two headlamps with at least one on each side of the front of the motor vehicle. A violation of this section is a petty offense.

    32-17-8.1. Stop lamps required.

    The stop lamp shall be mounted on the rear of the vehicle at a height of no more than seventy inches nor less than fifteen inches. The stop lamp shall display a red light visible from a distance of not less than three hundred feet to the rear in normal sunlight, except for a moped, which distance shall be not less than one hundred fifty feet. The stop lamp shall be actuated upon application of the service (foot) brake which may be incorporated with one or more rear lamps.

    32-17-24. Headlamps on motorcycles--

    Violation as petty offense. Every motorcycle shall be equipped with at least one and not more than two headlamps which shall comply with the requirements and limitations set forth in §§ 32-17-5 and 32-17-6. A violation of this section is a petty offense.

    32-17-24.1. Headlamps on mopeds

    A moped shall be equipped with a headlamp of a single beam type. The headlamp of the moped shall be of sufficient intensity to render clearly discernible a person or vehicle at a distance of not less than one hundred feet. A violation of this section is a petty offense.

    Colors Restrictions Colors Restrictions


    32-17-9. Red lights on front of vehicle prohibited--Excepted vehicles--Misdemeanor.

    Except for any authorized emergency vehicle as defined by § 32-14-1, any person who drives or moves any vehicle upon a highway with any red light thereon visible from directly in front thereof, is guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor.

    32-17-26. Lights on other vehicles--Color and visibility--Violation as petty offense.

    All vehicles not required in §§ 32-17-1 to 32-17-25, inclusive, to be equipped with specified lighted lamps shall carry one or more lighted lamps or lanterns displaying a white light visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of at least five hundred feet to the front and to the rear of such vehicle. A violation of this section is a petty offense.

    32-17-42. Blue lights or strobe lights on firemen's vehicles--Authorization for installation--Restrictions on use--Violation as misdemeanor.

    Any motor vehicle operated by a member of an organized fire department or organized search and rescue unit may be equipped with flashing blue lights displayed to the front or a blue rotating beacon light or strobe light or both to be visible 360 degrees No person may use a light described in this section except a fireman or search and rescue unit member while actually en route to the scene of a fire or other emergency requiring his services as a fireman or search and rescue unit member, who has been authorized in writing to so use a blue light.

    Equipment Restricted Equipment Restricted


    32-17-17. Auxiliary driving lamps--Mounting--Lighting restricted.

    Any motor vehicle may be equipped with up to three auxiliary driving lamps mounted on the front at a height not less than twelve inches nor more than twenty-four inches above the level surface upon which the vehicle stands, and every such auxiliary driving lamp or lamps shall meet the requirements and limitations of §§ 32-17-1 to 32-17-16, inclusive. A violation of this paragraph is a petty offense.

    No auxiliary driving lamp mounted on a motor vehicle, other than a fog lamp, may be lighted at any time the lighted headlamps on the vehicle are on a low beam position.

    Other Rules Other Rules


    Headlights: 2 minimum

    • minimum height: n/a
    • maximum height: n/a

    Tail lights: 2 minimum

    • minimum height: 15 inches
    • maximum height: 72 inches

    Spot lights: 1 maximum

    • minimum height: n/a
    • maximum height: n/a

    Auxiliary driving lights: 2 maximum

    • minimum height: 12 inches
    • maximum height: 42 inches

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