SOUTH DAKOTA GUN LAWS
Concealed Carry Guide

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QUICK FACTS

Carry In Vehicle SEE DETAILS
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks AllowedYES
No Weapons Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry Permitted YES
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO

Permit Information


South Dakota gun laws allow concealed carry permits to be issued to residents only. There are exemptions for military personnel posted to the state. Permits are processed at the county level by the local sheriff’s office. Applicants must be at least 18 years or older. There are three permits available; Regular, Gold, and Enhanced. The Enhanced permit is to obtain more reciprocity and requires a firearms training course. Upon application the Sheriff will issue a temporary permit within 5 days. Open carry is legal without a permit.

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Permits/Licenses

South Dakota is a “shall issue” state.
Residents only.
The permit is valid for 5 years.

NOTE – three types of permit are available;
Regular – requires clean SD criminal record for five years.
Gold card – requires fingerprinting and a Federal background check.
Enhanced – requires fingerprinting, Federal background check and a firearms safety course.

  • 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.
  • 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" 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.
  • Has had no violations of firearms control, unlawful use of weapons, or controlled substances; marijuana, constituting a felony or misdemeanor in the preceding five years.
  • Is a citizen of the United States or legal resident alien.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons
Follow these steps to obtain a permit

  1. Determine which permit you want, there are three available – Regular, Gold, Enhanced.
  2. Complete a training course if you want the Enhanced permit.
  3. You must complete a temporary application in person at your local Sheriffs office.
  4. The Sheriff will issue a temporary permit within 5 days.
  5. A full permit will be issued within 30 days.
Regular Permits: $10
Renewal: $10

Gold card Permit $70
Renewal: $70

Enhanced Permit $100
Renewal: $50 (if 30 days after expiration fee is $100)

NOTE
Additional fingerprinting fee of $43.25 for Gold card and Enhanced permits.

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WITH CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT

Where You Can Carry

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • An establishment licensed to serve alcoholic beverages on the premises if the establishment derives more than 50% of its sales from alcoholic beverages
  • A county courthouse
  • An elementary or secondary school premises, including school vehicles or buildings
  • A snowmobile, unless firearm is unloaded and entirely enclosed in a carrying case
  • A game preserve or refuge
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Details on South Dakota Gun Laws

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the Sheriff in the applicants county of residence.
30 Days
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 30 days of the application being received. A temporary permit is issued within 5 days.
NO – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law
South Dakota gun laws do not say you must inform law enforcement that you are carrying a firearm. You are legally required to carry a permit/license whenever you have a firearm on your person.
NO
“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in South Dakota gun laws. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned by the law as being off limits.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

YES – Without a Permit/License
If you do not have a permit you can carry an unloaded handgun in the trunk or other closed compartment of a vehicle if it is in a container, which is too large to be concealed on a person. The Attorney General in 2004 wrote an opinion in which he says it is OK to carry a handgun in a vehicle if it is not concealed and visible.
Only a permit holder can carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle.
YES – Without a Permit/License
Open carry is legal in South Dakota.
YES – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
YES
You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas

Get in Touch


Minnehaha County Sheriff

Hours


Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Contact


Address 415 N. Dakota Ave

CitySioux Falls, SD 57104

Phone (605) 367-4300

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