Jason M. Gant

Secretary of State

Concealed Pistol Permits

*To obtain a Concealed Pistol Permit you can contact your local sheriffs office.

Permit to Carry a Concealed Pistol

An individual who wishes to carry a concealed pistol on or about his person or in a vehicle must obtain a Permit to Carry a Concealed Pistol (SDCL 22-14-9). A person does not need a permit to own a pistol, keep it in his home, business, or property, or visibly carry it (SDCL 22-14-11).

Carrying a concealed pistol without a permit is a class 1 misdemeanor punishable by one year imprisonment in a county jail or one thousand dollars, fine, or both (SDCL 22-14-9).

A Permit to Carry a Concealed Pistol may be obtained from the sheriff of the county which the applicant is a resident (SDCL 23-7-7).

A permit is valid for five years, and the fee is $10.00 (SDCL 23-7-8.2).

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 complete 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 sworn statement that the information on the application is true and correct, and the applicant's signature.

Providing false information or false evidence of identity in applying for a permit to carry a concealed pistol is a Class 6 felony punishable by two years imprisonment in the state penitentiary or a fine of two thousand dollars, or both.

Those considering carrying a firearm while riding a motorcycle or off-road vehicle should review SDCL 32-20-6.6.

The applicant must also meet the following requirements (SDCL 23-7-7.1):

  • 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; Note: "Crime of violence" is defined in SDCL 22-1-2 (9)
  • Is not habitually in an intoxicated or drugged condition;
  • Has no history of violence;
  • 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;
  • Has physically resided in and is a resident of the county where the application is being made for at least thirty days immediately preceding the date of the application;
  • Has had no violations of chapter 23-7, firearms control, 22-14, unlawful use of weapons, or 22-42, controlled substances; marijuana, constituting a felony or misdemeanor in the five years preceding the date of application or is not currently charged under indictment or information for such an offense;
  • Is a citizen of the United States; and
  • Is not a fugitive from justice.

Any active duty military personnel with South Dakota as their home of record is considered to have met the provisions of SDCL 23-7.7.1 (SDCL 23-7-7.5).

The sheriff will issue a temporary permit within five days from the date of application (SDCL 23-7-7.1).

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 (SDCL 23-7-8).

The permit is valid throughout South Dakota except in any licensed on-sale malt beverage or alcoholic beverage establishment that derives over one-half of its total income from the sale of malt or alcoholic beverages (SDCL 23-7-8.1); any county courthouse as defined in SDCL 22-14-22; or any elementary or secondary schools (SDCL 13-32-7). The permit is not transferable from one person to another (SDCL 23-7-8.3).

Attorney general's explanation of the law on carrying firearms in vehicles.

The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 amended the Federal criminal code to authorize qualified law enforcement officers (including certain qualified retired officers) carrying the photographic identification issued by their governmental agency, notwithstanding State or local laws, to carry a concealed firearm. The federal law provides that such authorization shall not supersede State laws that: (1) permit private entities to prohibit the possession of concealed firearms on their property; or (2) prohibit the possession of firearms on State or local government property. The law also excludes from the definition of "firearm" any machine gun, firearm silencer, or destructive device.  Click here to view the Enrolled Act.

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