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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Pistol Permits

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1. What do I do if I need to change my address on my pistol permit?

Write a letter to the SOS office with name, DOB, old address, new address, permit number and $2 (cash, check or money order).

2. What do I do if I need to change my last name because I recently got married?

Write a letter to the SOS office with name, DOB, address, permit number and $2 (cash, check or money order).

3. What do I do if I lost my permit?

Write a letter to the SOS office with name, DOB, address, and $2 (cash, check or money order).

4. Where do I go when it is time to renew my permit?

Go to your local sheriff’s office to reapply.

5. Does South Dakota issue non-resident permits?

No, but South Dakota does recognize all other states valid concealed weapon permits.

6. How long does it take to obtain residency in the state to obtain a pistol permit?

30 days.

7. Can I openly carry?

South Dakota is an open carry state without a permit. The Pistol Permit page of the Secretary of State’s website at (https://sdsos.gov/general-services/concealed-pistol-permits/) has a map that shows which states you may openly carry with or without a permit, as well as the states you may not openly carry.

8. Is there a limit to the amount of ammo I can carry?

Please call the Attorney General’s Office for clarification at (605) 773-3215.

9. Can I carry a concealed carry on my motorcycle?

Pursuant to SDCL 32-20-6.6, a person may carry a concealed pistol on a motorcycle if they are in possession of a valid concealed carry permit. Otherwise, the firearm must be unloaded and cased.

10. If I am pulled over, do I need to let law enforcement know I have a concealed carry?

Please call the Attorney General’s Office for clarification at (605) 773-3215.

11. How should I carry my concealed carry in my vehicle?

Refer to SDCL 32-20-6.6, or call the Attorney General’s Office for clarification at (605) 773-3215.

12. How should I carry my concealed carry on my motorcycle?

Refer to SDCL 32-20-6.6, or call the Attorney General’s Office for clarification at (605) 773-3215.

13. Can I find out who has a concealed weapons permit?

No, it is a closed database. (Only law enforcement is allowed to access information.)

14. Can I have both the regular concealed weapons permit and the enhanced permit?

Yes, you may carry both types of permits.

15. What is the difference between a regular permit and an enhanced permit?

Regular Permit

  • Concealed Carry within South Dakota;
  • Recognition for Concealed Carry within 30 Other States.
  • Regular permit is white.
  • Is eighteen years-of age or older;
  • Has never pled guilty to, nolo contendere to, or been convicted of a felony or a crime of violence;
  • Meets statutory requirements;
  • Completion of background investigation.

Enhanced Permits

  • Concealed carry within South Dakota;
  • Recognition for concealed carry within 30 other states (same as the Regular Permit);
  • Additional recognition for concealed carry within 6 more states;
  • Purchase exemption upon approval from ATF.
  • Enhanced permit is blue.
  • Meets same statutory requirements as with the regular permit;
  • Certification of completion of qualifying handgun course, which includes use of force training, basic concepts, self-defense principles and live fire training of at least 98 rounds. Cost of training not to exceed $150;
  • Completion of a FBI fingerprint background check including fee of $43.25 to DCI for processing;
  • Application fee of $100;
  • Periodic NICS background checks to ensure continued eligibility (starting after January 1, 2017).

16. Will out-of-state training courses be accepted for the training requirement of the enhanced permit?

No, the South Dakota training course must be completed.

17. What is the difference between Reciprocity and Recognition?

Reciprocity exists when there is a written agreement between two states to recognize each other’s concealed carry permits. Some states, such as South Dakota recognize other states’ permits without a formal agreement. State statutes typically allow for this recognition without an agreement.

18. Which states recognize South Dakota permits?

The Pistol Permit page of the Secretary of State’s website at (https://sdsos.gov/general-services/concealed-pistol-permits/) has maps available that show which states South Dakota permits are valid through reciprocity and recognition. As of April 2016, 30 states recognize the regular permit and 36 states recognize the enhanced permit. Delaware, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, South Carolina, and Wisconsin are the additional states for the enhanced permit. Wisconsin also recognizes the gold card permit (effective January 1, 2017).