Permit to Carry a Concealed Pistol
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 22914-9). A person does not need a permit to own a pistol, keep it in his home, business, or property, or visibly carry it (SDCL 22-14-11).

Carrying a concealed pistol without a permit is a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by one year imprisonment or one thousand dollar fine or both (SDCL 22-14-9).

A Permit to Carry a Concealed Pistol may be obtained from the sheriff of the county of which the applicant is a resident (SDCL 23-7-7).

A permit is valid for four years and the fee is $10.00 (SDCL 23-7-8-2).

    23-7-53.    Optional enhanced permit to carry concealed pistol--Contents of application. An applicant may sumbit an application to the sheriff of the county in which the applicant rsides for an optional enhanced permit to carry a concealed pistol. The application shall include:
        (1)   The application for the optional enhanced permit to carry a concealed pistol;
      (2)   A copy of the applicant's fingerprints for submission to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and any governmental agency or entity authorized to receive such information, for a state, national, and international criminal history background check;
        (3)   An authorization to run a fingerprint background check;
        (4)   A separate payment for the cost of processing the fingerprint background check;
        (5)   A separate application fee of one hundred dollars for the optional permit to carry a concealed pistol which shall be distributed fifty percent to the sherrif and fifty percent to the secretary of state to be used by the secretary of state to administer the concealed carry program; and
       (6)   Proof that the applicant has successfully completed a qualifying handgun couse as defined in § 23-7-58 within the preceding twelve months or proof that the applicant is a current or former South Dakota law enforcement officer.
    The sheriff shall forward the copy of the applicant's fingerprints, the applicant's authorization for processing a fingerprint background check, and the payment for the fingerprint background check to the Division of Criminal Investigation for processing.
    Source: SL 2015, ch 137, § 1; SL 2016, ch 131, § 2.

    23-7-60.    Application for gold card permit to carry concealed pistol. An application may sumbit an application to the sheriff of the county in which the applicant resides for a gold card permit to carry a concealed pistol. The application shall include:
        (1)   The applicant for the gold card permit to carry a concealed pistol;
      (2)   A copy of the applicant's fingerprints for submission to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and any governmental agency or entity authorized to receive such information, for a state, national, and international criminal history background check;
        (3)   An authorization to run a fingerprint background check;
        (4)   A separate payment for the cost of processing the fingerprint background check; and
       (5)   A separate application fee of seventy dollars for the gold card permit to carry a concealed pistol. Thirty dollars of the fee shall be distributed to the sheriff, thirty-four dollars shall be distributed to the Department of Public Safety, and six dollars to the secretary of state to be used by the secretary of state to administer the concealed carry program.
    The sheriff shall forward the copy of the applicant's fingerprints, the applicant's authorization for processing a fingerprint background check, and the payment for the fingerprint background check to the Division of Criminal Investigation for processing.
    Source: SL 2016, ch 132, § 7, eff. Jan. 1, 2017

The applicant must complete a form called an Application and Temporar Permit to Carry a Concealed Pistol. The information required for the permit includes (SDCL 23-7-8): the applicant's complete name, address, occupation, place and date of birth, physical description, a statement that the applicant has never pled guilty to, nolo contendere to, or been convicted of a crime of violence, a sworn statement that the information on the application is true or correct, and the applicant's signature.

Providing false information or false evidence of identity in applying for a permit to carry a concealed pistal is a Class 6 felony punishable by two years imprisonment, a fine of two thousand dollars, or both (SDCL 23-7-12).

Fill out the Concealed Weapons Permit Application and must be brought in person to the Sheriff's Office.

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