People with Disabilities

Frequently Asked Questions About Disability Preference

The State of South Dakota extends disability preference (disability consideration) to applicants certified by a vocational rehabilitation counselor as meeting the definition of severely disabled.

Having disability preference entitles the applicant to an interview (phone or in-person) on civil service positions found in the Executive Branch of state government. The applicant must meet any licensing requirements of the position and complete all steps of the application process.

Contact your local Rehabilitation Services Office, or talk to your Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor if you are already a client of Vocational Rehabilitation Services. The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors have a “Request for Disability Preference” form you will complete if you are eligible. They will then sign and forward the completed form to the SD Bureau of Human Resources.

Visit the Rehabilitation Services Offices directory

The certification does expire after five years. Applicants will need to contact a Rehabilitation Services Office to renew their disability preference certification.

The State of South Dakota is committed to providing equal access and opportunities to people with disabilities.

The documents below are policies related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):

Concerns or complaints that a program, service or activity is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to the State’s ADA Coordinator, Mallori Barnett:

The Bureau of Human Resources 500 East Capitol Avenue Pierre, SD 57501-5070 605.773.3148


Rehabilitation Services Offices

1707 4th Ave SE, Ste A
Aberdeen, SD 57401
Phone/TTY 605.626.2398 or 1.800.439.3417
1310 Main Ave. S.
Suite 102
Brookings, SD 57006-3841
Phone/TTY 605.688.4280 or 1.800.382.2176
320 Sorenson Drive, Ste 102
Chamberlain, SD 57325
Phone/TTY 605.734.4555 or 1.877.873.8500
2361 Dakota Avenue South
Huron, SD 57350
Phone/TTY 605.353.7130 or 1.800.439.3417
1321 N. Main
Mitchell SD 57301
Phone/TTY 605.995.8072 or 1.800.265.9677
912 E. Sioux
c/o 500 E. Capital
Pierre, SD 57501-5070
Phone/TTY 605.773.3318 or 1.877.873.8500
Rapid City
2330 N Maple, Suite 2
Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone/TTY 605.394.2261 or 1.800.439.8861
Sioux Falls
Dept 21 811 E 10th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57103-1650
Phone/TTY 605.367.5330 or 1.800.265.9679
1300 N Ave
Spearfish, SD 57783
Phone/TTY 605.642.6815 or 1.800.439.8861
2001 9th Ave, Suite 200
Watertown, SD 57201
Phone/TTY 605.882.5150, or 1.866.261.9261
3113 Spruce, Suite 128
Yankton, SD 57078
Phone/TTY 605.668.3050 or 1.800.265.9677