Illinois

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Illinois is unique because it requires residents to posses a valid Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card to carry ammunition or firearms. There’s a period of 72 hours where you must wait to carry a handgun. Concealed carry permits are typically issued by the state police to individuals who are at least 21 and have passed a 16 hour training course. Non-resident permits are available for residents of four states, MS,AR, TX, VA and non-residents are also exempt from having a FOID card if they possess a valid CCW permit from their home state.

Illinois

  • At least 21 years old
  • You have a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification card (FOID)
  • You have not been convicted or found guilty of a misdemeanor involving the threat of physical force or violence to any person within the past 5 years
  • You do not have 2 or more violations related to driving while under the influence of alcohol, other drugs, intoxicating compounds within the past 5 years
  • You are not subject to a pending arrest warrant, prosecution or proceeding for an offense or action that could lead to disqualification to own or possess a firearm
  • You have not been in a residential or court-ordered treatment for alcoholism, alcohol detoxification, or drug treatment within the past 5 years
  • Federal law requirements

A FOID Card will be required to purchase a firearm or ammunition

APPLICATION

Follow these steps to obtain a permit

  1. Complete your firearm training course, 16 hours is required.
  2. Go to a fingerprint vendor and have your prints taken.
    • NOTE: Applicants will be assigned a transaction control number (TCN) at the time of fingerprinting and will be required to retain that TCN to complete the application. Specify to the Live Scan vendor that your fingerprint application is for the Concealed Carry application.
  3. You will need the following documents;
    • Electronic Copy of  training certificate. You will be required to upload your electronic certificate during the application process.
    • An Illinois State Police User ID and Password
    • A Valid Driver’s License or State Identification card.
    • A valid FOID card unless in the process of getting a valid FOID card.
    • A head and shoulder electronic photograph taken within the last 30 days.
    • Be able to provide the last ten years of residency.
    • Fingerprints – Electronic fingerprints will expedite your application!.
  4. Concealed license applications are taken online. Go to the Illinois State Police website and get a user ID and password.
  5. Fill out the electronic application form and pay $150
  6. You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

Forms can be downloaded here

RENEWALS

FEE’S

Application Conditions Original Renewal
Resident $150
Non-Resident $300

Replacement/Name change $75

Accepted forms of payment
Credit card, Electronic check

Illinois

Illinois

Illinois

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Illinois

    Illinois

      Illinois

      Illinois will not honor any other states concealed carry permits. They will however issue non-resident concealed carry licenses to residents of four states;

      • Arkansas
      • Mississippi
      • Texas
      • Virginia

      These states have been assessed as having substantially similar firearms laws to Illinois laws. This list is being continually updated as more states are identified as having similar CCW laws to Illinois.

      Illinois

      Illinois

      Places Allowed

      • State parks – see details
      • State and national forests
      • Vehicle – see details
      • All areas of the state not listed as Off-Limits

      Places Not Allowed

      • Public or private elementary or secondary school.
      • Pre-school or child care facility
      • Any building, parking area, or portion of a building under the control of an officer of the executive or legislative branch of government
      • Circuit court, appellate court, or the Supreme Court
      • Any building or portion of a building under the control of a unit of local government
      • Adult or juvenile detention or correctional institution, prison, or jail
      • Public or private hospital or hospital affiliate, mental health facility, or nursing home
      • Public bus, train, or form of transportation paid for with public funds
      • Establishment that serves alcohol on its premises, if more than 50% of the establishment’s gross receipts within the prior 3 months is from the sale of alcohol
      • Any public gathering or special event conducted on property open to the public
      • Any building or real property that has been issued a Special Event Retailer’s license
      • Public playground
      • Public park, athletic area, or athletic facility
      • Property under the control of the Cook County Forest Preserve District
      • Any building, classroom, laboratory, medical clinic, hospital, artistic venue, athletic venue, entertainment venue, officially recognized university-related organization property, including parking areas, sidewalks, and common areas under the control of a public or private community college, or university
      • Gaming facility licensed under the Riverboat Gambling Act or the Illinois Horse Racing Act of 1975, including an inter-track wagering location
      • Any stadium, arena, or the real property or parking area under the control of a stadium, arena, or any collegiate or professional sporting event
      • Public library
      • Airport
      • Amusement park
      • Zoo or museum
      • Any street, driveway, parking area, property, building, or facility, owned, leased, controlled, or used by a nuclear energy, storage, weapons, or development site or facility regulated by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission
      • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law. 

      Illinois

      No
      Open carrying a handgun on your person or in a vehicle with or without a license in Illinois is illegal. Even if you have a concealed permit you still cannot legally open carry. The handgun must be concealed from view of the public.
      Yes
      It is illegal to carry a loaded handgun in a vehicle without a permit/license. The statute does not apply however to the transportation of firearms that are: 1) broken down in a non-functioning state; 2) not immediately accessible; or 3) unloaded and enclosed in a case, firearm carrying box, shipping box, or other container by a person with a currently valid Firearm Owner’s Identification card. A person who is issued a valid concealed carry license is permitted to keep or carry a loaded or unloaded concealed handgun on or about his or her person within a vehicle. There is another separate law for Non-Residents A non-resident may transport a loaded concealed handgun in a vehicle if they have a valid CCW permit in their home state. They cannot under any circumstances remove the firearm from the vehicle. If they need to exit the vehicle they must lock it or place the firearm in a locked container. The Law 430 ILCS 66/40
      Yes
      It is legal to carry in the following areas; State Parks: YES State/National Forests: YES (not in posted buildings) State Wildlife Management Areas: YES (not in posted buildings) State Refuge or Nature Preserves: NO Road Side Rest Areas: NO
      Yes
      In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol Yes, unless the bar is posted. If a bar gets more than 50% of their income from selling alcohol then you cannot carry a firearm there.
      No
      Yes
      Illinois gun laws give the force of law to “No Weapons” signs. There are legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. The Law 430 ILCS 66/70 430 ILCS 66 Section 65(d) 1231.150 Administrative Rules
      No
      There is nothing in Illinois gun laws that state you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. You are legally required to carry the permit/license at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun. If an officer requests to see the license then you must hand it over. The Law 430 ILCS 66/10

      Illinois

      Quick Facts

      Open Carry

      No

      Carry In Vehicle

      Yes

      Carry In State Parks

      Yes

      Carry In Restaurants

      Yes

      Constitutional Carry

      No

      No Weapons Signs Enforced

      Yes

      Must Notify Officer

      No
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