On March 18, 2022, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem signed SB 212 into law, eliminating all fees for concealed carry permits. Over the past few years, South Dakota has taken several steps to strengthen its residents’ Second Amendment rights, including passing permitless carry, clarifying the “stand-your-ground” law, and, most recently, reducing fees for concealed carry permits to $0.
Currently, there are three types of concealed carry permits in South Dakota, all of which are valid for five years: a regular permit, a gold card permit, and an enhanced permit. The current fee for a regular permit is $10.00; a gold card permit carries a fee of $40.00; and an enhanced permit costs $60.00. Concealed carry permits also require a fee to be paid for renewal, and enhanced permits further require a $43.25 fingerprint processing fee. The enhanced permit also requires the person applying to participate in a qualifying handgun course, which may have an additional cost associated with the training. Apart from the cost to participate in a qualifying handgun course, all of these fees are removed by SB 212. The elimination of concealed carry permit fees will take effect on July 1, 2022. Although there is a loss of revenue to the state, the logic behind eliminating the fees is that a person should not have to pay a fee to exercise a constitutional right. Governor Noem has stated, “Government exists to protect our rights, not profit from them.”