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.
- 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
Follow these steps to obtain a permit
- Complete your firearm training course, 16 hours is required.
- 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.
- 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!.
- Concealed license applications are taken online. Go to the Illinois State Police website and get a user ID and password.
- Fill out the electronic application form and pay $150
- You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.
- You will need to do a 3 hour training course
- Once you have a training certificate you will need to login to the state Police firearms website and apply for a renewal of your license.
Replacement/Name change $75
Accepted forms of payment
Credit card, Electronic check
- North Carolina
- South Dakota
Illinois will not honor any other states concealed carry permits. They will however issue non-resident concealed carry licenses to residents of four states;
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.
- 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
- 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.
Carry In Vehicle
Carry In State Parks
Carry In Restaurants
No Weapons Signs Enforced
Must Notify Officer