The tutorials found within this webpage have been designed to assist those in the process of registering a partnership in South Dakota. As there is currently no online filing system available, applicants will be required to print off the appropriate documents and forward them through the mail to the Secretary of State. Each application must be filed in duplicate with the filing fee of $125 in the form of a check made out the the Secretary of State. The amount of this fee is applicable across the board. All pre-existing foreign entities seeking registration in South Dakota must include a certificate of good standing, allowing the state to view the current status of your business. Whether you are a prospective business owner looking to start your first partnership, or a seasoned business professional looking to register your foreign entity, the tutorials we have provided on this page will surely be of use. Click one of the links below to get started.

We recommend that all filers take a moment to do a preliminary check of the Secretary of State’s database to ensure that the name your partnership wishes to operate under is currently available. We have supplied a tutorial on just that located in the link at the beginning of this paragraph. Those who wish to reserve a name for their business prior to registering may file the Application for Name Reservation. This will guarantee the use of an entity name for 120 days.

How to File a Domestic LP

Step 1- The filing process begins by downloading the Certificate of Limited Partnership.

Step 2- With the application downloaded, continue by submitting the following information:

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  • Telephone #
  • FAX #
  • Name of LP
  • Address of the business office in South Dakota
  • Registered agent
  • Registered agent’s address
  • CRA # (if applicable)
  • Name and business address of general partners

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  • Date of dissolution
  • Other matters you wish to include
  • Date, signature, and printed name of general partners

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Step 3- With the document completed, you will then be able to prepare the filing fee. LPs will be required to pay $125 in the form of a check made payable to the Secretary of State. Have all documents mailed to the address below.

Secretary of State Office

500 E Capitol Ave

Pierre, SD 57501

How to File a Domestic LLP

Step 1- Filers must begin by downloading the Statement of Qualification document that the state has provided.

Step 2- With this document downloaded, the following information must now be submitted:

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  • Telephone #
  • FAX #
  • Name of the LLP
  • Address of the partner’s chief executive office
  • If the address of the executive office is not in South Dakota, submit the registered agent’s name and address
  • CRA # (if applicable)
  • Effective date of registration if it its not effective upon filing

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  • Date, signature, and printed name of at least two partners

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Step 3- This document must be completed in duplicate and attached to a check for $125 made out to the Secretary of State. The application and fee must be mailed to the address below.

Secretary of State Office

500 E Capitol Ave

Pierre, SD 57501

How to File a Foreign LP

Step 1- The filing process for a foreign LP begins by downloading the Application for Registration.

Step 2- With the application document downloaded, continue by submitting the following information:

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  • Telephone #
  • FAX #
  • Name of LP
  • State of initial formation
  • Date of initial formation
  • Address of principal office
  • South Dakota registered agent
  • Registered agent’s address
  • CRA # (if applicable)

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  • Name and business address of each general partner
  • Address of the office in which records are kept
  • Date, signature, and printed name of a general partner

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Step 3- Once your application has been completed in duplicate, a filing fee must then be provided in the amount of $125 (payable by a check made out to the Secretary of State). Have the filing fee, application, and certificate of good standing forwarded to the address below.

Secretary of State Office

500 E Capitol Ave

Pierre, SD 57501

How to File a Foreign LLP

Step 1- Begin by download the Statement of Qualification PDF file located here .

Step 2- The following information will then be required:

Page 1

  • Telephone #
  • FAX #
  • Name of the LP
  • State of initial formation
  • Date of initial formation
  • Address of the chief executive office
  • CRA # (if applicable)
  • Effective date of registration (if it is not effective up filing for registration)

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  • Date, signature, and printed name of at least two partners

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Step 3- Along with the completion of this document, a filing fee must be provided in the amount of $125 (paid by check made payable to the Secretary of State). Have the application sent in duplicate along with the filing fee and certificate of good standing, to the address located below.

Secretary of State Office

500 E Capitol Ave

Pierre, SD 57501

Tips

EIN – Once acceptance of your partnership has been received from the Secretary of State, you should immediately apply for an Employer Identification Number. Issued by the IRS, an EIN is a way of identifying your entity to the government for tax reporting purposes. In addition to that, this number will allow you to hire employees, register for bank accounts, apply for large business loans, and perform a number of other transactions that are crucial to operating a business legally in the country. To obtain an EIN, you may apply Online or through the mail with the PDF Form SS-4. If you seek assistance, we have provided a tutorial linked to the heading of this paragraph.

Partnership Agreement – Many partnerships choose to draft a partnership agreement during the initial formation process. Within this agreement, a number of significant details pertaining to general business affairs may be standardized. The roles and responsibilities of the managing members of your entity can be clearly stated as well as other important aspects such as the interest percentages of each partner and stock value. Though this is not legally required in the state, we highly recommend implementing a partnership agreement for the reasons stated above and more. Take a moment to view our free template linked in the heading of this paragraph which has been made available in both MS Word and PDF formats.

Renewal – All partnerships must renew annually with the Secretary of State in order to remain in good standing. Renewal can be accomplished by navigating to this website and using your business ID to begin the renewal process. The renewal fee is set at $50 which must be supplied by credit card. If you are unaware of your business ID, performing a quick business search of the secretary of state’s database will provide you with all your entity’s details. For those who wish to file their renewal through the mail, you may do so by printing off the annual report form found on this website. Forward both the report and the filing fee to the address located below.

Secretary of State Office

500 E Capitol Ave

Pierre, SD 57501

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