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Concealed Carry Application Process

To apply: contact your local County Sheriff's Office.

The requirements and procedures for each type of permit can be found on the Permit Types Page.

Temporary Application

The applicant for a permit shall complete the Application for a Temporary Permit to Carry a Concealed Pistol form. The information required for the permit includes: the applicant's complete name, address, occupation, place and date of birth, physical description, a statement that the applicant has never pled guilty or nolo contendere 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 (SDCL 23-7-8).

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 up to two years imprisonment in the state penitentiary or a fine of two thousand dollars, or both.

The sheriff will issue a regular temporary permit within five days from the date of application (SDCL 23-7-7.1). Because of the fingerprint background investigation required for an enhanced permit, the issuance of the enhanced temporary permit may take longer.

Within seven days after the regular or enhanced temporary permit has been issued, the sheriff shall send a copy of the application to the Secretary of State's Office, who will issue the official permit. (SDCL 23-7-8).