South Dakota ranks 44th in the U.S. for the most motor vehicle operators license paid in 2018.


In 2018, South Dakota collected $5.7 million in motor vehicle operators license, ranking it 44th in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections (STC).

The STC survey includes five broad tax categories and up to 25 subcategories. Data is gathered from all 50 state governments and all dependent state-level entities.

The Census Bureau cautions that it sets the tax classifications among the survey categories, and they may differ from the classifications set by the state governments.

Below is a breakdown of how taxes were classified by the bureau and how much was collected.

U.S. motor vehicle operators license by State in 2018
Rank
State
Amount
1
California
$281,045,000
2
Indiana
$252,033,000
3
Florida
$165,332,000
4
West Virginia
$160,076,000
5
Texas
$141,892,000
6
Washington
$135,270,000
7
North Carolina
$121,032,000
8
Illinois
$116,118,000
9
Georgia
$114,915,000
10
Massachusetts
$101,432,000
11
New York
$93,205,000
12
Ohio
$80,227,000
13
Pennsylvania
$72,896,000
14
Tennessee
$59,648,000
15
Michigan
$58,228,000
16
New Jersey
$57,214,000
17
Minnesota
$45,796,000
18
Connecticut
$42,816,000
19
Colorado
$41,794,000
20
Virginia
$41,288,000
21
Wisconsin
$40,398,000
22
Oregon
$39,758,000
23
Alabama
$33,425,000
24
Kansas
$31,881,000
25
Oklahoma
$31,733,000
26
Arizona
$29,922,000
27
Nevada
$28,099,000
28
Maryland
$27,929,000
29
Arkansas
$22,631,000
30
Iowa
$21,833,000
31
Missouri
$17,596,000
32
Kentucky
$16,795,000
33
Utah
$16,772,000
34
Louisiana
$15,477,000
35
Mississippi
$14,362,000
36
Vermont
$11,972,000
37
Nebraska
$11,538,000
38
Maine
$10,816,000
39
Idaho
$10,341,000
40
Montana
$9,276,000
41
New Hampshire
$8,508,000
42
District of Columbia
$6,074,000
43
Delaware
$5,838,000
44
South Dakota
$5,676,000
45
North Dakota
$5,049,000
46
New Mexico
$5,004,000
47
Rhode Island
$4,865,000
48
South Carolina
$4,486,000
49
Wyoming
$4,158,000
50
Hawaii
$306,000
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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