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South Dakota Concealed Firearm Permit Information

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Concealed Permit:
Shall Issue to Residents only.

Example Resident Permit:
South Dakota Concealed Firearm Permit
South Dakota Concealed Firearm Permit

Issuing Authority:
South Dakota Secretary of State – A Permit to Carry a Concealed Pistol may be obtained from the sheriff of the county which the applicant is a resident

NICS/Background Check:
Prior to issuing the permit, the sheriff shall execute a background investigation, including a criminal history check, of every applicant for the purposes of verify the qualifications of the applicant pursuant to the requirements. A background investigation is defined as a computer check of available on-line records.

Permit Valid For:
The permit is valid for 4 years.

Permit Issued Timeline:
The sheriff will issue a temporary permit within five days from the date of application. Within seven days after the temporary permit has been issued, the sheriff sends a copy of the application to the secretary of state who issues the official permit

Cost:
The fee for a permit to carry is $10.00.

Requirements:
1. Is eighteen years-of age or older;
2. Has never pled guilty to, nolo contendere to, or been convicted of a felony or a crime of violence; Note: “Crime of violence” is defined in SDCL 22-1-2 (9)
3. Is not habitually in an intoxicated or drugged condition;
4. Has no history of violence;
5. Has not been found in the previous ten years to be a “danger to others” or a “danger to self” as defined in SDCL 27A-1-1 or is not currently adjudged mentally incompetent;
6. Has been a resident of the county or municipality where the application is being made for at least thirty days;
7. Has had no violations of chapter 23-7, firearms control, 22-14, unlawful use of weapons, or 22-42, controlled substances; marijuana, in the five years preceding the date of application;
8. Is a citizen of the United States; and
9. Is not a fugitive from justice.

Required Documents:
1. The applicant must complete a form called an Application for a Temporary Permit to Carry a Concealed Pistol. The information required for the permit includes (SDCL 23-7-8): the applicant’s name, address, occupation, place and date of birth, physical description, a statement that the applicant has never pled guilty to, nolo contendere to, or been convicted of a felony or crime of violence, a statement that the information on the application is true and correct, and the applicant’s signature.

Renewal Information:

Change of Name or Address:

Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Permits:

Informing Law Enforcement of Carry:

Automobile carry:
A permit is not required to carry an unloaded handgun if it is carried in the trunk or other closed compartment of a vehicle or if it is in a closed container, which is too large to be effectively concealed on the person or within his clothing. This container may be carried in a vehicle or in any other manner. It is lawful to carry a loaded shotgun or rifle in a car or truck.

Places off-limits when carrying:
1. An establishment licensed to serve alcoholic beverages on the premises if the establishment derives more than 50% of its sales from alcoholic beverages
2. A county courthouse
3. An elementary or secondary school premises, including school vehicles or buildings
4. A snowmobile, unless firearm is unloaded and entirely enclosed in a carrying case
5. A game preserve or refuge unless the permit holder is:
a. On a public highway and the firearm is enclosed in a case
b. A resident within the preserve or refuge and is carrying the firearm to use against non-game and predatory animals or birds on his or her own premises.

Alcohol and Drugs:

Deadly Force / Castle Doctrine:
South Dakota is not a Castle Doctrine state and has no stand-your-ground law.

Open Carry:
Unrestricted under state law in most public areas.

Localities with Varying Laws:
No county, municipality, or township may pass any ordinance that restricts possession, transportation, sale, transfer, ownership, manufacture or repair of firearms or ammunition or their component.

Forms & Links:
South Dakota Secretary of State – Concealed Pistol Permits
NRA-ILA: South Dakota Gun Laws

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  • Stanschiermeyer

    It  sure would be nice if all states honored each others permits…………………………………………………

    • propwash

      Currently there is a bill (again) being processed in DC to expand reciprocity to all states that allow concealed carry.

  • NutMeg8481

    South does have a stand your ground law. It’s under SDCL  22-18-4 and 22-16-34 (these are the SD Codified Laws under the SD legislation). Just thought I would clarify this. Not sure how legitimate this website is or how accurate their information is.

    • NutMeg8481

      I meant “SOUTH DAKOTA” not “SOUTH”! LOL!!!

  • gol boy

    ark cc permit holder can i carry concealed in pocket or on belt while driving

    • propwash

      That’s factual for most states that allow concealed carry. As long as you’re carrying it (holster or pocket), your permit is valid in that situation. Loaded handguns located elsewhere are not covered by your permit.

  • Cobdogred

    I’m fairly certain SD adopted as castle law in 2007. So I’m not sure how accurate or old this information is.

  • sdpilotcar

    I too questioned the reciprocity states because currently South Dakota’s website doesn’t not show Iowa having it.

    • lloydc1234

      Sure it does. Iowa is listed.

  • Justin

    permits are valid for 5 years now also