South Dakota Gun Laws

Gun Control Laws in South Dakota

South Dakota gun laws regulate the sale, possession, use, and transfer of firearms and ammunition in the state. South Dakota is a “Shall Issue” state, and the local county sheriff’s office issue permits to residents only. They offer three levels of CCW’s, Regular, Gold, and Enhanced. The military is exempt from some of the gun laws in South Dakota, and they are given special treatment. South Dakota allows open carry without a permit. The Enhanced license is for additional reciprocity, and you have to take an intense firearms training course before applying. Concealed carry, however, is not legal in schools, courthouses or anywhere they serve alcohol. You can transport your loaded weapon, without a permit as long as it is clearly visible. You must have a concealed carry permit when purchasing a firearm from any Federal Firearms License (FFL) dealer. You will be subject to a background check. South Carolina retains the rights for gun laws and does not allow counties to override them.

State CCW Quick Facts

  • Shall Issue State gun policy
  • Yes Open Carry Permitted
  • No Constitutional Carry
  • Yes-In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol Carry In Restaurants
  • Yes Carry In Vehicle
  • Residents License issued to
  • 34 # of states that honor South Dakota license
  • 53 # of state licenses that South Dakota honors
  • 5 Years license is valid
  • 10 $ cost of the license
  • 18 Minimum age for license permit

South Dakota’s policy is Shall Issue in practice and its license is issued to residents. You can carry a handgun in: state parks, state and national forests, road side rest areas, vehicle, all areas of the state not listed as forbidden.

South Dakota CCW Reciprocity Map

Reciprocity allows gun permit holders to travel with their loaded weapon across state lines. These thirty-four states honor a South Dakota gun permit 

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

South Dakota honors permits from these fifty-three states and territories 

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, District of Columbia, New York City, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

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South Dakota Concealed Carry Permit and Laws

South Dakota is a “Shall Issue” state for permits and issues them only for residents. The local county sheriff’s office issues permits. The permits are good for five years and cost only $10. There are three types available, Regular (you must have a clean criminal record for five years to apply), Gold (you have to undergo a background check with fingerprinting) and Enhanced (you must have a background check, fingerprinting and take a firearms course). With a permit, you can carry in national forests, state parks, your vehicle and restaurants that serve alcohol. You cannot carry in bars, courthouses, schools, while riding a snowmobile, or in a game preserve. You are not obligated to notify officers or observe any “no weapons” signs. Open carry is allowed with or without a permit.

CCW Eligibility: Qualify or Pre-Qualify?

To apply for a concealed carry permit, you must be at least 18 years old. You cannot be convicted of a felony, or have a habitual drug or alcohol problem. You cannot have a history of violence or be perceived as a “danger to others or yourself.” You cannot have any prior firearm violations, and you must reside in the county where you apply for at least thirty days. You must also comply with all federal concealed carry laws, and as such, you may have any mental illness or felonies on your criminal record. You will be provided a temporary permit within five days and then receive your permanent one soon after. The cost for a Regular license is $10, the fee for a Gold permit is $70, and the price for an Enhanced is $100.

South Dakota Gun Background Check

South Dakota is not a “point of contact” state and therefore all licensed gun dealers must contact the FBI and use NCIS to obtain a background check before selling firearms to buyers. However, the state does run background checks, along with fingerprinting with a concealed carry weapons license. Private sales are not subject to background check laws.

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SD CCW and Pistol Permit Information

State Concealed Carry Requirements

  • 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 requirements

Gun CCW Permit Application

  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.

CCW Renewal

  • You may renew your permit up to 90 days before the expiration date. Go to your local sheriff's office to reapply.

SD Concealed Carry License Fee information

Permit typeFees when getting a new permitRenewalCurrent license amendmentFingerprint scan feeFee for firearm classesAdditional state fees
Regular Permits (Requires clean SD criminal record for five years) | Permit to carry a concealed pistol$10.00$10.00$97 - $125
Cold Card Permits| Permit to carry a concealed pistol$70.00$70.0043.25$97 - $125Requires fingerprinting and a Federal background check.
Enhanced Permit | Permit to carry a concealed pistol$100.00$50.00 (if 30 days after expiration fee is $100.00)43.25$97 - $125Requires fingerprinting, Federal background check and a firearms safety course.

Places Where You Can & Can’t Carry a Gun in South Dakota

State parksAn establishment licensed to serve alcoholic beverages on the premises if the establishment derives more than 50% of its sales from alcoholic beverages
State and national forestsA county courthouse
Road side rest areasAn elementary or secondary school premises, including school vehicles or buildings
VehicleA snowmobile
All areas of the state not listed as ForbiddenA game preserve or refuge
Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law

South Dakota CCW Contact

South Dakota Bureau of Firearms


Monday – Friday:N/A


Address:Secretary of State
Capitol Building
500 East Capitol Avenue, Ste 204,
City:Pierre, SD 57501
Phone:(605) 773-3537

CCW Licensing Offices in South Dakota

Aurora County Sheriff Office

Office Address
401 Main St, Plankinton, SD 57368

(605) 942-7736

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Beadle County Sheriff Office

Office Address
455 4th St SW, Huron, SD 57350

(605) 353-8424

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Bennett County Sheriff Office

Office Address
201 State St, Martin, SD 57551

(605) 685-6516

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Bon Homme County Sheriff Office

Office Address
300 W Cherry St, Tyndall, SD 57066

(605) 589-3942

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Brookings County Sheriff Office

Office Address
315 7th Ave, Brookings, SD 57006

(605) 696-8300

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Brown County Sheriff Office

Office Address
22 Court St #1, Aberdeen, SD 57401

(605) 626-7100

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Brule County Sheriff Office

Office Address
201 W Kellam Ave, Chamberlain, SD 57325

(605) 234-4443

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Buffalo County Sheriff Office

Office Address
112 Osman Avenue Gann Valley, SD 57341

(605) 293-3231

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Counties in South Dakota