December 5, 2022

Concealed Weapon Permit

An individual who wishes to carry a concealed pistol on or about his person or in a vehicle must obtain a Permit to Carry a Concealed Pistol (SDCL 22-14-9). A person does not need a permit to own a pistol, kept in his home, business, or property, or visibly carry it.

A temporary permit to carry a concealed pistol shall be issued within five days of application to a person if the applicant:
• Is eighteen years of age or older
• Has never pled guilty to, nolo contender to, or been convicted of a felony or crime of violence. (A person who has pled guilty to a felony and received a Suspended Imposition of Sentence is not eligible for a Concealed Pistol Permit.)
• Is not habitually in an intoxicated or drugged condition.
• Has no history of violence.
• Has not been found in the previous ten years to e a “danger to others or a “danger to self” as defined in SDCL 27A-1-1 or is not currently adjudged mentally incompetent.
• Has been a resident of county where the application is being made for at least thirty days.
• Has had no violations of Chapter 23-7 (firearms control) 22-14 (unlawful use of weapons) or 22-42 (controlled substances and marijuana) constituting a felony or misdemeanor in the five years preceding the date of application or is not currently charged under indictment or information for such an offense.
• Is a citizen of the United States.
• In not a fugitive from justice

The permit is valid throughout South Dakota except in any licensed on-sale malt beverage or alcoholic beverages 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 elementary or secondary school premises or vehicle (SDCL 13-32-7), any county courthouse (SDCL 22-14-22).

The permit is not transferable from one person to another.

You do not need a permit if the UNLOADED weapon is carried:
• In the trunk or other closed compartment of the vehicle
• In a closed container which is too large to be effectively concealed on the person or within his clothing
• The container may be carried in a vehicle or in any other manner (SDCL 22-14-10)

False Information
No person, in purchasing or otherwise securing delivery of a pistol or in applying for a permit to carry a concealed pistol, may give false information or offer false evidence of his identity. A violation of this section is a Class 6 felony (SDCL 23-7-12-2 years/$2000 fine). This includes providing false information as to place of residence.

If you meet the above criteria, you may apply for a concealed pistol permit. The fee is $10 CASH OR CHECK ONLY. You will receive your temporary permit after a background investigations is completed. Your laminated permit will be mailed to you from the Secretary of State in Pierre within 2-4 weeks of application. It will be valid for FIVE years from date of issue.

Recognition of Other Sates Permits
South Dakota recognizes any valid concealed pistol permit issued to a nonresident of South Dakota according to the terms of its issuance in the State of its issue (SDCL 32-7-7.4).

Other States That Recognize South Dakota Permits
Summary of State Honoring South Dakota Concealed Weapons Permits – 08-24-2017

The Three Types of South Dakota Concealed Weapon Permits
South Dakota Concealed Weapon Permits – 08-24-2016

A concealed weapon permit general information booklet may be requested by mail or by phone through the Secretary of State Office at:
Secretary of State
500 E Capitol Ave
Pierre, SD 57501-5070
The information is also available online at the South Dakota Secretary of State’s website at