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     32-12-17.   Issuance of license--Qualifications. Upon payment of the fee established by § 32-12-16, the Department of Public Safety shall issue an operator's license to each qualifying applicant. An operator's license may be issued to a minor at least sixteen years of age but less than eighteen years of age who has successfully passed all applicable tests and completed the requirements of an instruction permit as provided in § 32-12-11 or 32-12-11.1, provided that the applicant has not been convicted of a traffic violation in the past six months, and the applicant is not currently under suspension, revocation, or disqualification. If any such applicant has successfully completed a driver education course that has been approved by the Department of Education or a driver education course that the secretary of the Department of Public Safety has determined has been approved by a state agency in another state, the required minimum time period for holding the instruction permit to qualify for the operator's license is ninety continuous days.

Source: SL 1959, ch 261, § 10; SDC Supp 1960, § 44.03B10; SL 1965, ch 201, § 1; SL 1974, ch 215, § 1; SL 1974, ch 216, § 2; SL 1976, ch 190; SL 1989, ch 265, § 17; SL 1992, ch 218, § 1; SL 1998, ch 186, § 6; SL 1998, ch 187, § 1; SL 2000, ch 155, § 3; SL 2001, ch 171, § 17; SL 2003, ch 272, §§ 23, 63.


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