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To be eligible for a resident license a person must all of the following criteria:
  • Have a domicile within South Dakota for at least 90 consecutive days immediately preceding the date of application for purchasing any hunting, fishing, or trapping license/permit. A domicile is a person’s established, fixed and permanent home in which the person physically lives, and, whenever absent, has the present intention of returning. 
  • Make no claim of residency in any other state or foreign country for any purpose
  • Claim no resident hunting, fishing, or trapping privileges in any other state or foreign country
  • Prior to applying or purchasing a license, transfer to South Dakota the person’s driver’s license and motor vehicle registrations.
  • Documentation showing a mailing address, ownership of a property or business, or employment in the state is not sufficient by itself to prove that a person has a domicile in or is a resident of this state.

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Privacy Policy

The privacy, confidence, and trust of individuals who visit State of South Dakota websites are important to us. No personal information is collected unless provided voluntarily by an individual while participating in an online activity that requests the information. 

The State only collects the personal information necessary to provide the information or services requested by an individual. "Personal information" refers to any information relating to an identified or identifiable individual who is the subject of the information. This is the same information that an individual might provide when visiting a government office and includes such items as an individual's name, address, or phone number. We also collect information to help us understand how people are using state government websites so we can continually improve our services. The information collected is not associated with any specific individual and no attempt is made to profile individuals who browse state government websites.

The State uses the collected information to respond appropriately to requests. E-mail or other informational requests sent to the State website may be maintained or forwarded to the appropriate agency in order to respond to the request. Survey information is used for the intended purpose of the survey. Informational records needed to support State functions are retained, managed, and accessible in record-keeping or filing systems in accordance with the State's Public Records Commission. Records transmitted to this site will be identified, managed, protected, and retained as long as they are needed to meet historical, administrative, fiscal, or legal requirements.

Any State-operated webpage or application is entitled to the use cookies; which are short and simple text files stored on a user's computer. Cookies keep track of and store information so the user does not have to supply the information multiple times. The information that is collected through cookies is handled in the same manner as other information collected through State-operated websites.

The State of South Dakota is committed to the security of the information that is either available from or collected by state agency websites. The State continues to safeguard the integrity of its information, technology and computing infrastructure, including but not limited to: authentication, monitoring, auditing and encryption.

The most updated policy can be viewed here.