A Permit to Carry a Concealed Pistol may be obtained or renewed from the sheriff of the county which the applicant is a resident. South Dakota residents and nonresidents who may lawfully possess a pistol are not required to have a permit in order to carry a concealed pistol in the state. (SDCL 23-7-7).
Sample Pistol Permit Front & Back
Duration of permit and fees
Three types of permits are available in South Dakota - a regular permit, a gold card permit and an enhanced permit. You can find information about all three permits here.
All three permits are valid for five years. The enhanced permit is only valid when is it carried with a government issued form of identification that includes a picture of the permit holder (SDCL 23-7-8.2, SDCL 23-7-55).
Renewing a permit:
All permits are renewed through the sheriff of the county where the permit holder resides.
As per SDCL 23-7-8.13, individuals possessing a permit issued in accordance with chapter 23-7 have a 30-day grace period to renew the permit. During the grace period the permit holder may continue to carry a concealed pistol without violating SDCL 22-14-9; however, law enforcement may issue a warning ticket in this situation to notify the permit holder of the expired status. This grace period does not apply to any permit holder who commits a crime that would make it unlawful for the permit holder to possess a gun, or a permit holder who attempted to renew the holder's permit, but was denied (SDCL 23-7-8.14).
Exceptions for carrying concealed
Concealed carry of a 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 or state capitol 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).
Requirement for carrying concealed in state capitol (SDCL 22-14-24)
Regulations for concealed carry within National Parks
For regulation on concealed carry within national parks, please contact the National Park Service for up-to-date information: http://www.nps.gov/state/sd/index.htm.