Online Pardon Application

Welcome!

As the Secretary of the Department of Corrections, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the State of South Dakota’s Executive Clemency – Pardon homepage.

Here you can find information about the pardon process, determine whether you are eligible to apply for a pardon, and complete and submit your pardon application online.

Some offenses require a standard application while others are eligible for an expedited form. In order to determine which is appropriate for you, click on the Eligibility tab.

After you have determined which application fits your needs, click on the Apply for a Pardon tab to create an account and select the application type you are eligible for. The more details you are able to provide in your application, the better.

When your application is complete, you may submit it electronically to the office of the South Dakota Board of Pardons and Paroles. You will then be contacted regarding the date and time of your clemency hearing or to notify you that your application is incomplete.

While the South Dakota Constitution provides only the Governor the authority to grant or deny pardons, Governor Daugaard will not consider a pardon unless it is first reviewed by and receives a favorable recommendation from the Board of Pardons and Paroles. If you would prefer to fill out a paper application and mail it to the Parole Board office, those documents are available here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Parole Board office at 605.367.5040.

Sincerely,

DOC Secretary Signature

Secretary Denny Kaemingk