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Shall Issue to Residents only.
Example Resident Permit:
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
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
The fee for a permit to carry is $10.00.
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.
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.
Change of Name or Address:
Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Permits:
Informing Law Enforcement of 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.
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.