Lobbyist Registration

SDCL 2-12-1 defines a lobbyist as "Any person who employs any other person to act as a lobbyist to seek the introduction of legislation or to promote, oppose, or influence in any manner the passage by the Legislature of any legislation affecting the special interests of any agency, individual, association, or business, as distinct from those of the whole people of the state, or to act in any manner as a lobbyist in connection with any such legislation, shall register the name of the person so employed or agreed to be employed, with the secretary of state, to be included in a directory of registered lobbyists as hereinafter provided. The lobbyist shall also register with the secretary of state. Upon the termination of such employment prior to the adjournment sine die of a legislative session, such fact shall be entered opposite the name of any person so employed, either by the employer or employee."

Additional statutes regarding lobbyists may be found at SDCL 2-12.

Online Registration System

Online Registration for the 2016 Legislative Session is now available.

Lobbyists must register before Employers can access the system.

The Online Registration System assists you by:

  • Allowing easy access to register ahead of session.
  • Processing fees online via credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express).
  • Streamlining the registration process by entering the lobbyist name only once for multiple employers.
  • Providing employers email notification of lobbyist registration with a link to the authorization form.
  • Providing easy management of employers or lobbyists.
  • Recording expenses as you go.
  • Submitting lobbyist/employer expense reports online at the completion of the legislative session.
  • Ordering a lost badge replacement (requires a $5 fee).

For the Lobbyist Registration Guide, click here.

Downloadable Forms

The Secretary of State’s office accepts paper filings for lobbyist registration, employer authorization or lobbyist/employer expense reports.

Lobbyist Registration Form

Employer Authorization Form

Lobbyist Expense Report

Employer Expense Report

Return the completed form(s) to:
South Dakota Secretary of State
Lobbyist Registration
500 E. Capitol Ave., Suite 204, Pierre, SD 57501

Registered Lobbyist Directory

As per SDCL 2-12-2, for the public directory of registered lobbyists by Legislative Session, click here.

Contact Information

If you need assistance, please contact the Lobbyist Administrator at (605) 773-3539, email at or stop by our office during normal business hours.