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How do I request a Fair Hearing?

Steps for requesting a fair hearing:

  1. Submit a written and signed request for hearing to the address below. The request should contain the reason for the request, your address with zip code, and your phone number. A hearing request regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may also be made verbally to the Office of Administrative Hearings or to the local Department of Social Services office.
  • Address:
    Department of Social Services
    Office of Administrative Hearings
    700 Governors Drive
    Pierre, SD 57501
  • Phone Number: 605.773.6851
  • Email:

2. Once your request has reached the Office of Administrative Hearings, a hearing date will be set and both parties will receive a Notice of Hearing by mail. Carefully read the Notice of Hearing. If you agree with the time and date, go to step 3. If the time and date does not work for you, go to step 2A.

2A. To request a change of the date and time of your hearing, you need to contact the Office of Administrative Hearings at (605) 773-6851 at least 10 days prior to the scheduled hearing. If you do not have access to a phone, write the Office of Administrative Hearings at the address listed above.

3. Carefully prepare your case and attend your hearing.

4. If you feel the final decision is legally correct, then you have completed the process. If not, go to step 4A.

4A. You may appeal the final hearing decision to the Circuit Court.