General Information

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). The pistol permit program is administered through the South Dakota Secretary of State's Office, and many questions related to the program can be answered by visiting the Secretary of State's Office Website. Additional information on this program may also be found in the following brochures: Concealed Carry Pistol Information and South Dakota Firearm Laws.

Application Process

The Sheriff's Office issues new and renewed concealed pistol permits to residents of Lake County who have completed the necessary application paperwork, completed and passed a background check, and paid the required fees. Applications may be filled out during regular business hours on Monday - Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Once the background check has been completed, the applicant can return to the Sheriff's Office to receive a temporary permit. The actual permit card will be sent directly to the applicant from the Secretary of State's Office within approximately 30 days.

Types of Permits

For a comparison of the benefits, basic requirements, and renewal requirements for a Regular vs. Gold Card vs. Enhanced Permit, please view this brochure: Permit Specifications.

Upgrade Permit Style

To upgrade your old pistol permit to the new style:
Send a letter requesting a replacement to the Secretary of State's Office (500 E. Capitol Ave, Ste. 204, Pierre, SD 57501). Please include: Name, Permit Number, Date of Birth, Address, Signature, and a check for $2.00 made out to the Secretary of State's Office.

Announcements

Public Meeting/Open House for Lake County Transportation Plan
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

10/5/2020 at 10:00 a.m., Lake County Courthouse Commission Room
Lake County will hold an open house style public meeting to discuss and receive input on the development of a Transportation Plan for Lake County. The open house will be informal with one on one discussion with County officials and staff.

County Offices Closed
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

County offices will be closed on Monday, October 12, 2020, in observance of Native American Day.

Resolution 2020-16 Designating Polling Places for General Election
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

On 9/17/2020, the Lake County Commission passed Resolution 2020-16 Designating Polling Places for the November 3, 2020 General Election. Click here to view the Resolution or view it on our Election Information page.

Driver Licensing Schedule Change
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The Lake County 4-H Center will be used as a polling place for the general election. For that reason, Driver Licensing will NOT be in Madison on Tuesday, November 3rd, but they WILL be in Madison on Monday, November 2nd at the Lake County 4-H Center.

September - License Plate Renewal S
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Vehicle License plate renewal for vehicle owners with the FIRST letter in their LAST NAME that begins with S.

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