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South Dakota Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

Updated: 07/01/2019
Carry allowed with my South Dakota permit?
Yes
Yes, Permitless Carry
Yes, Selected State
No

Summary of South Dakota Gun Laws

South Dakota is currently a shall-issue state. Permits are processed at the county level by the sheriff’s office. 

No permits, firearms registration or background checks are required to buy a handgun from a private individual. 

Open carry is legal in South Dakota without a permit. The minimum age is 18 years old. Firearms in a vehicle must be in plain sight. Some areas are off-limits, including elementary and secondary schools and school buses.

South Dakota is now a constitutional carry state, so anyone at least 18 years old who can legally possess a firearm, may conceal carry a firearm without a concealed carry permit. Those wanting to conceal carry out-of-state will still need to get a conceal carry permit. Concealed pistol permits (CPP) are issued to residents as well as members of the military and their spouses stationed in South Dakota. There are three permits available: Regular, Gold Card and Enhanced. The regular permit allows holders to carry concealed and is recognized in a number of other states. The gold card permit, in addition to the benefits of a regular permit, proves passage of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) when purchasing a firearm, resulting in no required waiting period. The enhanced permit requires a firearms training course, benefits from the purchase exemption and is recognized in six more states than the regular license. In terms of reciprocity, South Dakota recognizes permits issued by all States. As of July 1, 2019, enhanced CPP holders will be able to carry in the State Capitol building following  24-hour prior notification to the superintendent of the Highway Patrol.

South Dakota is a Castle Doctrine state and has a "stand your ground" law. There is no duty to retreat and the law applies as long as the person is in a place where he or she has the right to be.

107k
Permits Issued
882k
State Population
12.16%
Permit Percentage
51
States Honored
38
Reciprocating States.
18
Minimum Age to CC

South Dakota Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does South Dakota allow constitutional carry?

Yes, as of July 1, 2019.

Open Carry Permitted?

Is open carry permitted in South Dakota?

Yes, without a permit. Any person who is at least 18 years old and legally entitled to carry a firearm can open carry. 

Gun Permit Licensure?

If South Dakota requires a permit to carry a concealed firearm, how are those permits issued?

Shall Issue.

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?

What is the minimum age in South Dakota to get a concealed carry permit?

18

Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?

Can you conceal carry weapons other than handguns in South Dakota with a concealed carry permit (or under permitless carry if applicable)?

No.

Non-Resident Permitting?

Does South Dakota issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?

Yes, for members of the military and their spouses stationed in South Dakota.

Public Access to Concealed Carry Registry?

Does South Dakota allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?

No.

Carry Locations

Carry in Vehicle?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle in South Dakota?

Yes, with a valid concealed carry permit. Without a permit, a firearm carried for "any lawful use" must be unloaded and carried in the trunk or other closed compartment of a vehicle or in a closed container which is too large to be effectively concealed on the person or within the person's clothing. The container may be carried in a vehicle or in any other manner [S.D. Codified Laws § 22-14-9 & 22-14-10]

Carry at Roadside Rest Areas?

Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in South Dakota?

Yes.

Carry in State/National Parks, State/National Forests and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in South Dakota?

Carry in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

Can you carry a firearm in restaurants that serve alcohol in South Dakota?

Yes, but not in the bar area. [S.D. Codified Laws § 23-7-8.1]

Store in a Vehicle in an Employee Parking Lot?

Does South Dakota have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?

Not addressed in South Dakota state law.

Additional Related State Laws

Must Notify Officer You're Carrying?

Are you required to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in South Dakota?

Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does South Dakota have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No.

Ammunition Restrictions?

Does South Dakota have ammunition restrictions?

No.

"No Weapons Allowed" Signs Enforced?

Are "No Weapons Allowed" signs enforced in South Dakota? If yes, violating the sign would be considered to be a crime. If no, violating the sign would not be considered a criminal offense.

No.

Preemption?

Does South Dakota have preemption laws related to concealed carry (i.e. Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?

Yes.  The authority to regulate firearms is reserved to the state. [S.D. Codified Laws § 7-18A-36, § 8-5-13 and § 9-19-20] The Governor signed HB 1056 on March 6, 2019, into law which strengthened the State's authority. If a county, township or municipality attempts to pass or enforce an ordinance in violation of state preemption law, the attorney general will bring an action in the name of the state for injunctive relief against the municipality. In addition, a court shall grant any person charged with a violation of an ordinance prohibited under this section reasonable costs, expenses, and attorney's fees. 

Red Flag Law?

Does South Dakota have a red flag law?

No.

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Tasers or Stun Guns?

Is it legal to own a taser or stun gun in South Dakota?

Yes. Stun guns and Tasers are legal to purchase and possess without a permit. 


STATE CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION
The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be denied."
Article VI, Section 24

South Dakota Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does South Dakota honor?

As of July 2, 2019, South Dakota is a permitless carry state.

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Other States' Reciprocity With South Dakota

Which states honor permits from South Dakota?

Note: Firearms must be carried in accordance with the laws of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your firearms.


States That Have Restricted Reciprocity with South Dakota

Which states honor permits from South Dakota with restrictions?

Colorado (resident permits only and least 21 years old)
Delaware (Enhanced permits only)
Florida (resident permits only and least 21 years old)
Georgia (at least 21 years old)
Idaho (at least 21 years old)
Iowa (at least 21 years old)
Louisiana (at least 21 years old)
Michigan (resident permits only and least 21 years old)
Minnesota (Enhanced permits only and at least 21 years old)
Nebraska (Enhanced permits only)
Nevada (Enhanced permits only and at least 21 years old)
North Carolina (at least 21 years old)
Ohio (at least 21 years old)
Oklahoma (at least 21 years old)
Pennsylvania (resident permits only and at least 21 years old)
South Carolina (Enhanced resident permits only )
Tennessee (at least 21 years old)
Texas (at least 21 years old)
Utah (at least 21 years old)
Virginia (at least 21 years old)
Washington (Enhanced permits only)
Wisconsin (Enhanced and Gold permits only and at least 21 years old)
Wyoming (at least 21 years old)

Permitless Carry States

Anyone who can legally possess a firearm may carry it concealed in permitless carry states without a permit/license. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.

Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kentucky (at least 21 years old)
Maine (if at least 21 years old)
Mississippi (if at least 21 years old)
Missouri (if at least 19 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 18 years old)
Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)

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South Dakota Concealed Carry Permit Information

Requirements:

An applicant must:

  • Be at least 18 years old for a regular permit; 21 for enhanced or gold permits;
  • Have been a resident of the county where the application is submitted for at least 30 days prior, or is active duty military stationed in SD or their spouse;
  • Be a citizen of the United States or legal resident alien;
  • Not have pleaded guilty to, nolo contendere to or been convicted of a felony or a violent crime;
  • Not habitually exist in an intoxicated or drugged condition;
  • Have no history of violence;
  • Not have been found in the previous 10 years to be a "danger to others" or a "danger to self," or is not currently adjudged mentally incompetent;
  • Have had no violations of firearms control, unlawful use of weapons or controlled substances or marijuana, constituting a felony or misdemeanor in the preceding 5 years;
  • Not be a fugitive from justice; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.
Fees:

Regular $10; Gold Card $70; Enhanced $100
Additional fingerprinting fee of $43.25 for Gold Card and Enhanced permits

Renewals - Regular $10; Gold Card $70; Enhanced $50

Valid For:

5 years

Processing Time:

Regular - 5 days for a temporary permit. Because of the fingerprint background investigation for the enhanced and gold permits, the issuance of these temporary permits may take longer. Official permits are issued in 30 days.

Application:

Link to sample application

Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits:

Permits granted to members of the military and their spouses stationed in South Dakota.

Name/Address Changes:

Write a letter to the office of the secretary of state with name, DOB, old address, new address, (or former name, new name) permit number and $2 (cash, check or money order). Send to:

Secretary of State
Attn: Permits 500 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501

Lost/Stolen Permits:

Write a letter to the office of the secretary of state with name, DOB, address and $2 (cash, check or money order). Send to:

Secretary of State
Attn: Permits 500 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501


South Dakota Concealed Carry Permit Application Process

How to Apply for a South Dakota Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Determine which permit you want; there are three available: Regular, Gold Card and Enhanced.

Step 2:

Complete a training course within 12 months preceding your application if you want an Enhanced Permit.

Step 3:

You must complete a temporary application in person at your local sheriff's office. Your fingerprints will be taken for Gold Card or Enhanced Permits. A separate payment is required for the cost of processing the fingerprint background check.

Step 4:

The sheriff will issue a temporary permit within 5 days.

Step 5:

Within 7 days after the temporary permit has been issued, the sheriff will send a copy of the application to the secretary of state who issues the official permit. The official permit will be issued within 30 days.

Three types of permit are available:

  • Regular – requires a clean SD criminal record for 5 years;
  • Gold Card – requires fingerprinting and a federal background check; recognized for concealed carry within South Dakota and 32 other states; satisfies the purchase exemption from the Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act; and
  • Enhanced – requires fingerprinting, a federal background check and a firearms safety course; recognized in 37 other states; satisfies the purchase exemption from the Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act.  As of July 1, 2019, carry will be allowed in the State Capitol building following  24-hour prior notification to the superintendent of the Highway Patrol.

Firearms Training Requirements in South Dakota

Training is required in order to obtain an Enhanced Permit. A qualifying handgun course must include instruction in each of the following:

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South Dakota Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Process

How to Renew a South Dakota Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

The holder of the enhanced permit may renew the permit through the sheriff of the county where the holder resides for a period beginning 90 days before the permit expires and ending 30 days after expiration of the permit, if the holder pays the $50 renewal fee and passes a National Instant Criminal Background Check. If the holder of the enhanced permit to carry a concealed pistol does not renew the permit within 30 days of expiration of the permit, the holder must reapply for an enhanced permit to carry a concealed pistol. The holder of a gold card permit may renew the permit within 90 days of expiration, as well as the holder of a regular permit who may renew 90 days prior to expiration.

Individuals who have a permit issued in accordance with chapter 23-7 have a 60 day grace period to renew the permit. During the grace period the permit holder may continue to carry a concealed pistol; however, law enforcement may issue a warning ticket in such situations to provide notification to 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.

Additional firearm training is required if a permit has expired for more than 30 days.

Step 2:

A renewed Permit to Carry a Concealed Pistol may be obtained from the sheriff of the county which the applicant is a resident.


Law Enforcement Officers (LEO)/Retired LEOs

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) and Retired LEOs (RLEOs) may choose to carry under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218. Under 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C, qualified LEOs and qualified retired LEOs, or those separated from service in good standing, can carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. For details check out our Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) page.

Per Sout Dakota Admin Rule § 2:01:06:17.01, RLEOs must qualify with the officer's duty handgun every calendar year by completing a certified shooting course that is administered by a firearms instructor who has been approved by the Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission or the executive secretary. A law enforcement officer may not qualify or requalify on a noncertified course. Applicants must obtain a passing score of at least 75 percent.


South Dakota Location Restrictions

Where Can I Carry a Concealed Firearm in South Dakota?

  • Carry in restaurants that serve alcohol? Yes, but not in the bar area.
  • Carry in my vehicle without a permit/license? Yes.
  • Carry in my place of business? Yes. A permit is not required to carry a handgun, whether concealed or openly, in a person's home, land they own or rent or place of business.
  • Carry in roadside rest areas? Yes.
  • Carry in state/national parks, state/national forests, and WMAs? Yes. 
  • Carry in places of worship? There is no State statute prohibiting concealed carry in places of worship. However, since places of worship are private property, they may post signs prohibiting firearms.
  • Carry in the State Capitol building? As of July 1, 2019 enhanced CPP holders will be able to, following  24-hour prior notification to the superintendent of the Highway Patrol.
Where Can't I Carry a Concealed Firearm in South Dakota?

Places off-limits even with a permit/license


FAQ: South Dakota Concealed Carry Questions

Do firearms need to be registered in South Dakota?

No.

Is a permit required to purchase a gun in South Dakota?

No.

Are background checks required for private gun sales in South Dakota?

No.

Is there a waiting period after purchasing a firearm in South Dakota?

No.

What are the knife laws in South Dakota?

All types of knives are legal in South Dakota and they may be carried openly or concealed.

What should I do if my South Dakota concealed carry permit is lost, stolen or damaged?

Write a letter to the office of the secretary of state with name, DOB, address and $2 (cash, check or money order). Send to: Secretary of State Attn: Permits 500 E. Capitol Ave. Pierre, SD 57501

What are the laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or prescription medication in SD?

Not addressed in state statutes.
As a responsibly armed American, regardless of the laws in your state, it is unwise to carry while under the influence of any substance that could impair your judgement, slow your reaction times, or impact your decision-making abilities. Any decision you make while carrying a firearm could have life-altering consequences.


Related Information & Links for South Dakota Gun Laws


South Dakota Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details
07/01/2019

Updated General and At A Glance table with constitutional carry info

05/24/2019

Added stun gun/Taser info to At A Glance table

05/03/2019

Added permit renewal and name/address change info

04/19/2019

Links checked

04/02/2019

Added info on state implementation of Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA)

03/20/2019

Updated the Genl, Permit and Where Can I Carry sections with State Capitol carry info

03/18/2019

Added HB 1056 preemption info to At A Glance table

02/22/2019

Added USCCA Press Release regarding passage of constitutional carry

02/22/2019

Added info to vehicle carry in At A Glance table

02/15/2019

Added pages for Federal Gun Laws, Traveling with Firearms & Terminology

02/09/2019

Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table

02/06/2019

Added red flag law info to At A Glance table

02/01/2019

Constitutional concealed carry info added to general info & At A Glance

01/25/2019

Added church info to location restrictions section

01/24/2019

Added FAQ about alcohol or prescription medication

01/10/2019

Mag limit added to At A Glance table

12/13/2018

Added preemption info to At A Glance table

10/22/2018

Added initial CCW law and reciprocity information for South Dakota


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