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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 adress or name on my pistol permit? What if I lost my permit?

Please send an email to pistolpermit@state.sd.usor write a letter to the SOS office at the address below with your name (OLD and NEW if changing name), date of birth, address (OLD and NEW if changing address), and permit number, and send the $2.00 fee (cash, check, or money order). Please note we do not accept coins, credit cards, or debt cards for payment of this fee.

Send to:
Secretary of State
Attn: Permits
500 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
(605)773-3537

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

Go to your local sheriff's office to reapply. You may contact information for your local sheriff by going to the South Dakota Sheriff' Association website.

3. How soon may I renew my permit?

You may renew your permit up to 90 days before the expiration date. Go to your local sheriff's office to reapply. You may find contact information for your local sheriff by going to the South Dakota Sheriffs' Association website.

4. Does South Dakota issue non-resident permits?

No, but South Dakota recognizes valid concealed pistol permits from all other U.S. states for individuals who may lawfully possess a concealed pistol.

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

30 days.

6. May I openly carry?

South Dakota allows permitless open carry. The Pistol Permit page of the Secretary of State's website displays a map showing states allowing open carry.

7. Is there a limit to the amount of ammunition I may carry?

Plesae contact the Attorney General's Office for guidance at (605) 773-3215.

8. May I carry on my motorcycle?

Under SDCL 32-20-6.6, the firearm must be unloaded and in a carrying case that encloses the entire firearm, but a person may carry a concealed pistol on a motorcycle if he or she possess a concealed carry permit issued under chapter 23-7.

9. 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.

10. How may I find out who has a concealed carry pistol permit?

This information is not a public record (SDCL 23-7-8.6). However, law enforcement agencies and the Secretary of State's Office may access this information. (SDCL 23-7-8.10)

11. May I have a regular concealed pistol permit, the enhanced permit, and the gold card at the same time?

Yes, you may hold multiple types of permits simultaneously.

12. What is the difference between a regular, gold card and enhanced permit?

Regular Permit

  • Concealed Carry within South Dakota.
  • Recognition for Concealed Carry within 31 Other States.
  • Regular permit has a green top banner.
  • 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.
  • Application fee of $10.
  • Completion of background investigation, including a NICS check.

Gold Card Permit

  • Concealed carry within South Dakota.
  • Recognition for Concealed Carry within 32 states.
  • Purchase exemption.
  • Gold card permit has a gold top banner.
  • Is eighteen years-of age or older.
  • Meets same statutory requirements as with the regular permit.
  • Completion of a FBI fingerprint background check, including fee of $43.25 to DCI for processing.
  • Application fee of $70.
  • Periodic NICS background checks to ensure continued eligibility.

Enhanced Permit

  • Is twenty-one years of age or older.
  • Concealed carry within South Dakota;
  • Recognition for concealed carry within 38 other states.
  • Purchase exemption.
  • Enhanced permit has a navy blue top banner.
  • 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.

Restricted Enhanced Permit

  • Is eighteen to twenty years of age, inclusive.
  • Concealed carry within South Dakota;
  • Same requirements as for enhanced permit.
  • Recognition in 21 states.
  • Restricted enhanced permit has a navy blue top banner and a black bottom banner stating "Restricted 18 to 20 years old".

13. Who may I contact for more information on the enhanced course? Will out-of-state training courses be accepted?

No, a South Dakota training course must be completed. For more information regarding the training instructors or classes, please contact DCI or by calling (605)773-3331.

14. What is the difference between Reciprocity and Recognition?

Some states, such as South Dakota, recognize valid permits issued by other states without a formal agreement. Reciprocity exists when there is a written agreement between two states to recognize each other's concealed carry permits.

15. Which states recognize South Dakota permits?

The Pistol Permit page of the Secretary of State's website displays a showing states where South Dakota permits are valid through reciprocity or recognition. As of July 2019, 31 states recognize the regular permit and 38 states recognize the enhanced permit. Delaware, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, South Carolina, Washington, and Wisconsin are the additional states that recognize only the enhanced permit, and Wisconsin also recognizes the gold card permit. Please refer to the Summary of States for additional information regarding the states recognizing only holders that are 21 years of age and older.

16. What happens to my restricted enhanced permit when I turn 21?

If you hold an unexpired restricted enhanced permit, upon turning 21, you may email pistolpermit@state.sd.us or write a letter to the Secretary of State's Office requesting an unrestricted enhanced permit. The permit will be issued at no additional cost (SDCL 23-7-54.4).

Send to:
Secretary of State
Attn: Permits
500 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
(605)773-3537