Rapid City, South Dakota

south dakota enhanced concealed carry permit class

Why Should I Get the Enhanced South Dakota Concealed Carry Permit?

We get it! South Dakota is a “Constitutional Carry” state, and YOU DON’T NEED PERMISSION TO BEAR ARMS, open carry or carry concealed. Just another reason to love it here, and if that’s your jam then by all means walk tall.

That being said, there are some pretty good reasons to get the Enhanced pistol permit:

  • Get a thorough and detailed treatment of critical concealed-carry topics
  • If you travel across state lines at all, state reciprocity is huge!
  • No more waiting for that NICS background check when you purchase a firearm
  • You get a lower rate on our concealed-carry training just for having it

What are the requirements?

The requirements for obtaining South Dakota’s Enhanced concealed-carry permit are:

  • You must complete a qualifying handgun course taught by an instructor certified by NRA and South Dakota DCI (use of force). The handgun course must include instruction in each of the following (per § 23-7-58):
    • South Dakota law relating to firearms and the use of force;
    • The basic concepts of the safe and responsible use of handguns;
    • Self-defense principles; and
    • Live fire training including the firing of at least ninety-eight rounds of ammunition by the student
  • Then you must have fingerprints checked with your local Sheriff’s office, and submit an application along with proof you completed the qualifying handgun course.

Renewals: You can apply for renewal of your permit beginning 90 days before expiration, with a 30 day grace period after expiration. If you miss this window, you’ll have to apply for a new permit.

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If you’re looking for a South Dakota Enhanced concealed carry permit class, you’ve come to the right place.

We offer a qualifying handgun course for the enhanced South Dakota concealed carry permit in Rapid City, SD. With certifications from the NRA, USCCA, IDS and the State of South Dakota, we’ve created a robust and detailed class that meets and exceeds state requirements, and offers you content and training you won’t find anywhere else.

When you complete and pass our enhanced concealed-carry class, you’ll have everything you need to apply for and obtain the South Dakota Enhanced Concealed Carry permit. You’ll also have the confidence to safely handle your concealed-carry firearms, knowledge about how and when to carry a concealed firearm, and a detailed understanding of when and how you can use your defensive firearm under South Dakota law.

What does this course cover?

Our South Dakota enhanced concealed carry permit class deals with functional concealed-carry self defense in the context of regular people at home, in vehicles, with family, or just out an about in your daily life. The training prioritizes the state of South Dakota requirements for the enhanced concealed-carry permit, and the knowledge and skill you need for effective personal protection, including:

  • Conflict avoidance, situational awareness
  • De-escalation and disengagement
  • Weapon retention and access
  • South Dakota law relating to firearms and the use of force;
  • The basic concepts of the safe and responsible use of handguns;
  • Self-defense principles; and
  • Live fire training

What do students need for this class?

Clothing: Wear weather-appropriate clothing for the outdoor range, and closed-toe footwear. You’ll want to wear uncomplicated clothing for indoor physical activity, that includes your carry method of choice (i.e. gun belt and holster).

Classroom: Notetaking materials, good questions and engaging attitude.

Calories and water: Watch for an email that will detail the class schedule and any planned breaks for food. There is a full kitchen at the classroom.

Handgun: For students attending the class, it is recommended to bring pistol that is effective for concealed-carry self-defense. A minimum caliber of .380 ACP/.38 is recommended. In other words, bring the largest pistol you are comfortable shooting. Not Recommended: Revolvers, pocket pistols. Not allowed: Single-action revolvers, Derringers, P80, 3D printed, zip guns, black powder, etc…

If you have any doubt about your handgun, please contact the instructor for guidance.

Other gear: range bag with appropriate ammunition (100rds), extra magazines, eye and ear protection, cleaning and maintenance kit, IFAK.

Course Schedule

This course includes about 5 hours of classroom time and 2 hours of range time. All dates for this course are listed on the USCCA website. We are unable to offer private classes for individuals, but would discuss options for private groups of at least six participants.