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The State of South Dakota considers anyone engaged in the business of lending money, including creating and holding or purchasing or acquiring retail installment contracts, to be a Money Lender and subject to the licensing requirements of South Dakota Codified Law (SDCL) 54-4.
Payday and title lenders are also licensed as Money Lenders under SDCL 54-4. The Money Lender License Application can be submitted through the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System & Registry (NMLS).
The NMLS website provides step-by-step instructions on how to access the system, guides on how to complete the MU forms, each state's transition plans and requirements, tutorials, current and future participating states, system alerts, system processing fees and general background information.
Industrial Hemp Guidance
On Feb. 9, 2021, the Division of Banking offered guidance on Industrial Hemp. Read the guidance.
Original Guidance on Initiated Measure 21
On Nov. 14, 2016, the Division of Banking also offered guidance on Initiated Measure 21. Read the original guidance . . .
Find a summary of Initiated Measure 21 (IM 21) which was approved by voters on Nov. 8, 2016 and related guidance from the Division of Banking.
Requirements for Licensure
Renewal of License
Laws and Rules
List of Current Licensees
The following forms are available in Adobe PDF format.
Exempt Lender Annual Reporting Form
Non-Profit Money Lender Registration Application Form
Non-Profit Money Lender Renewal Registration Application (Renewal period begins Nov. 1–Dec. 31.)
Statement of Money Lending License Activity (Renewal period begins Nov. 1–Dec. 31.)To help you prepare prior to submitting the form, please use the Statement of Money Lending License Activity Report Worksheet.
Please note: Any changes to application data, such as change of address, contact person, ownership, etc. must be reported to the Division of Banking via an amendment on the application form.
Laws and Rules
South Dakota Codified Law (SDCL) 54-4 on Money Lending Licenses
Administrative Rules of South Dakota (ARSD) Chapter 20:07:20 on Money Lending Licensees
U.S. Department of Defense Rule on Military Lending (in Adobe .pdf format*)
Consumer Finance Protection Bureau