New SDGFP Licensing Portal

June 12, 2014 | By: SD GFP
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The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks online license application system has undergone a make-over. This new system not only looks better, but it is also more efficient, user-friendly and most importantly includes enhanced security features to continue to protect our online customers.
Users will use the system in the same ways they have in the past for these activities:

  • Apply for a limited issue license,
  • Create and/or join a group to apply for limited issue licenses,
  • Review and purchase preference points,
  • View past draw results and
  • View current applications.

User profiles created on the old licensing system are still valid and accessible on the new system. Users do not have to create a new profile, unless of course they have never used the system before. Then a new user profile will need to be created.
As of today, the below seasons are the only ones that users can apply for. Users can also purchase preference points for Nonresident Waterfowl.

  • Nonresident Waterfowl
  • Resident Special Goose
  • Mountain Lion                    

On June 18, 2014, the below deer seasons will be open. At that time, users can submit an application and also purchase preference points through December 31, 2014, for those deer seasons that have preference points.

  • East River
  • West River
  • Black Hills
  • Refuge
  • Muzzleloader
  • Youth
  • Archery
  • Custer State Park


The only change effective with this new system is that users now have to elect to purchase a preference point if they are unsuccessful in the first draw. Users can only purchase one preference point per year for each season. The fee that residents will be charged is $5.00. The fee that nonresidents will be charged is $10.00. This change was part of a package of fee increases proposed by the Commission last fall. Funds will be used to continue the current level of services with programs such as: Walk In Areas, habitat programs, access, fish stockings, boat ramps and more. The changes bring our agency in line with many western states; both in license cost and charging for a preference point.

Please take the time to check out the new online license application system: https://gfp.sd.gov/licenses/general-hunt-fish/license-open.aspx. All that you need to know about applying for a license is available here and there is even a brief video tutorial that walks users through the process from creating a profile, selecting a season and unit to apply for, joining a group and purchasing a preference point to completing the checkout process.

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