Legal Information: South Dakota

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
November 4, 2021

What happens if I move?

If you move within South Dakota, your order will still be valid and good.  It is a good idea to call the clerk to change your address.

Additionally, the federal law provides what is called “full faith and credit,” which means that once you have a criminal or civil protection order, it follows you wherever you go, including U.S. territories and tribal lands.  Different states have different rules for enforcing out-of-state protection orders.  You can find out about your state’s policies by contacting a domestic violence program, the clerk of courts, or the prosecutor in your area.  If you are moving out of state, you should call a domestic violence program in the state where you are going to find out how that state treats out-of-state orders.  If you are moving to a new state, you may also call the National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit (1-800-903-0111, ext. 2) for information on enforcing your order there.

Note: For information on enforcing a military protective order (MPO) off the military installation, or enforcing a civil protection order (CPO) on a military installation, please see our Military Protective Orders page.

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