The Secretary of State's Office has seen a significant increase in the number of permits to carry a concealed pistol issued in recent months. Sec. of State Jason Gant said, "The total number of active permits in South Dakota as of January 11, 2013 is 65,754."
Concealed pistol permit numbers have increased during the past three years:
2011 2012 2013 thru 1-11
15,794 18,031 3,029
Gant said, "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. A person does not need a permit to own a pistol, keep it in his/her home, business, or property, or visibly carry it."
To obtain a concealed pistol permit you must apply in person at your local sheriff's office. Carrying a concealed pistol without a permit is a class 1 misdemeanor punishable by one year imprisonment in a county jail or one thousand dollars fine, or both.
The applicant must also meet the following requirements:
The sheriff will issue a temporary permit within five days from the date of application. Once the application is received in the Secretary of State's Office a permanent permit will be issued and is valid for four years.
Reciprocity has been established with bordering states of North Dakota and Wyoming as well as 24 additional states. Please visit sdsos.gov for additional information.