Everyone who wants to carry a concealed firearm on his/her person in Illinois is required to have an Illinois Concealed Carry License except current peace officers and retired police officers eligible under a federally approved retired officer concealed carry program such as the Illinois Retired Officer Concealed Carry (IROCC) Program. Retired officers may be eligible to carry under either the IROCC Program or the Firearm Concealed Carry Act (430 ILCS 66).
Generally, an Unlawful Use of Weapons first offense is a Class A Misdemeanor and a second or subsequent offense is a Class 3 Felony; however, there are penalty enhancements for certain locations (for example on or within 1,000 feet of any school, public park, courthouse, public transportation facility, or residential public housing). Further, an Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapons first offense is a Class 4 Felony and a second or subsequent offense is a Class 2 Felony.
No. Out-of-state residents who want to carry a concealed firearm on their person must obtain an Illinois Concealed Carry License to lawfully carry a concealed firearm in Illinois. In order for out-of-state residents to be eligible for an Illinois license, their state’s concealed carry license laws must be substantially similar to those of Illinois. The Illinois State Police will establish rules to identify the elements necessary to meet the substantially similar requirement.
Out of state residents are granted a limited exception to lawfully carry a concealed firearm within a vehicle if they are eligible to carry a firearm in public under the laws of their state or territory of residence and are not prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm under federal law. This rule became effective immediately.
If the non-resident leaves his/her vehicle unattended, he or she shall store the firearm within a locked vehicle or locked container within the vehicle in accordance with subsection (b) of Section 65 of the Firearm Concealed Carry Act.
This will be determined by the laws of the 49 other states. Illinois Concealed Carry License holders who want to conceal and carry in other states are responsible for researching the state laws to where they are traveling.
The 4 inch by 6 inch sign is available for download at http://www.isp.state.il.us/firearms/ccw. The Illinois State Police has proposed administrative rules permitting the design and posting of a larger sign if the property owner feels the entrance to their building, premises or real property requires one. The 4 inch by 6 inch sign must be visible somewhere on the larger sign. The administrative rules proposed by the Illinois State Police also permit the larger sign to include additional language. The proposed administrative rules have been filed with the Illinois Secretary of State pursuant to the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act and will be subject to a hearing before JCAR in December 2013.
Notwithstanding any prohibition to the contrary - except those pertaining to property regulated by the federal
Nuclear Regulatory Commission or where firearms are prohibited under federal law, any licensee prohibited
from carrying a concealed firearm into the parking area of a prohibited location shall be permitted to carry a
concealed firearm on or about his or her person within a vehicle into the parking area and may store a firearm
or ammunition concealed in a case within a locked vehicle or locked container out of plain view within the
vehicle in the parking area. A licensee may carry a concealed firearm in the immediate area surrounding his or
her vehicle within a prohibited parking lot area only for the limited purpose of storing or retrieving a firearm
within the vehicles trunk , provided the licensee ensures the concealed firearm is unloaded prior to exiting the
The ISP will make applications available to the public by January 5, 2014. The ISP intends to have
applications available via the ISP webpage. Additional information regarding the application and
fingerprinting process will be added to this website at the time applications are made available.
Upon receipt of a qualified application, the ISP shall issue or deny the applicant an Illinois Concealed
Carry License within 90 days, provided the applicant submits a full set of fingerprints in electronic
format. If fingerprints are not submitted the ISP is granted an additional 30 days to
complete a manual background check. In all cases, law enforcement agencies will have 30 days to file
an objection once an application is received.
"Handgun" means any device which is designed to expel a projectile or projectiles by the action of an
explosion, expansion of gas, or escape of gas that is designed to be held and fired by the use of a
"Handgun" does not include:"
A stun gun or taser;
A machine gun as defined in item (i) of paragraph (7) of subsection (a) of Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code of 2012;
A short-barreled rifle or shotgun as defined in item (ii) of paragraph (7) of subsection (a) of Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code of 2012
Any pneumatic gun, spring gun, paint ball gun, or B-B gun which expels a single globular projectile not exceeding .18 inch in diameter, or which has a
maximum muzzle velocity of less than 700 feet per second, or which expels breakable paint balls containing washable marking colors.
Concealed Carry License applicants who intend to submit fingerprints for non-criminal justice purposes must do so through a Licensed Illinois Livescan Vendor. A list of Licensed Livescan Vendors is available at the following link:
Local police departments can become licensed Livescan vendors. Additionally, the Illinois State Police is working to adopt a process by which local agencies can choose to be registered to accept fingerprints for FCCA License applicants.
This error message occurs when you have already submitted your application. Once you select “Submit,” your TCN cannot be used again. If you were not prompted to print the signature form after you selected “Submit,” you may obtain a copy of the signature form at the following link:
Some instructors have indicated they believe applicants will be looking for business names on the registry rather than just instructor names, which may be less familiar. This field was added to make finding an instructor easier. There is no requirement that the field be completed if the individual instructor is not associated with a business.
The date is requested for confirming certification. If you do not know the certification date but rather have an expiration date, you will have the option to include it instead. Either a certification date or an expiration date will be required.
Pursuant to the Act, the instructor must keep a record of each student’s performance for a period of 5 years. The ISP will not dictate the manner in which such record is kept. Depending upon the size of business, record keeping systems may vary.
Yes, approved curriculum must be taught by an approved instructor. People who qualify for up to 8 hours of credit for prior training, which is explained in further detail within the Training Questions, need not have been trained by an approved instructor.
On August 30, 2013, the ISP began approval of certified firearms instructors and firearm training courses. A registry of approved instructors and list of approved courses is available on the ISP webpage and will be updated as additional instructors are approved.
PLEASE NOTE: On-duty ISP officers will NOT provide training, nor will ISP ranges be used.
All applicable State and Federal laws relating to the ownership, storage, carry, and transportation of a firearm; Minimum 4 hours Classroom
The Act in its entirety,
with emphasis on 430 ILCS 66/10(h) which includes instruction on the appropriate and lawful interaction with law enforcement while transporting or carrying a concealed firearm.
with emphasis on 430 ILCS 66/65 which includes instruction on prohibited areas and the parking lot exception.
The FOID Act 430 ILCS 65/1 et. seq.
Relevant portions of the ILCS including but not limited to
720 ILCS 5/7-1. Use of force in defense of a person**
720 ILCS 5/7-2. Use of force in defense of dwelling**
720 ILCS 5/7-3. Use of force in defense of other property**
720 ILCS 24/1 et. seq. Unlawful Use of Weapons**
** Must define dwelling, aggressor, forcible felony and unlawful use of weapons pursuant to the ILCS.
Weapon Handling; Minimum 4 hours.
Dry fire practice drills, handgun fundamentals
Dry fire practice drills from concealment
Live fire practice drills, handgun fundamentals
Live fire qualification with a concealable firearm consisting of minimum of 30 rounds which must include 10 rounds from a distance of 5 yards; 10 rounds from a distance of 7 yards; and 10 rounds from a distance of 10 yards at a B-27 silhouette target approved by the Illinois State Police. (See www.isp.state.il.us/firearms/ccw/ccw-faq.cfm)
* The Department will accept up to 8 hours of in-person training already completed toward the 16 hour training requirement as outlined in Section 75 (i) of the Act provided those 8 hours cover the classroom and range subject matter of components #1 through #3. The additional 8 hours of training required by Sections 75 (g) and (i) of the Act will be comprised of components #4 and #5.
Yes, a person who has (i) qualified to carry a firearm as an active law enforcement officer, (ii) certified as a firearms instructor by the Act or by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board, or (iii) has completed the required training and has been issued a firearm control card (FCC or Tan Card) by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation shall be exempt from the training requirements in the Act. The applicant must submit verification that the training requirements for the FCC Card have been completed.
Active, retired, and honorably discharged members of the United States Armed Forces shall be considered to have completed 8 hours of the 16 hour training requirement. Applicants who have completed a training course that is approved by the Department and recognized under the laws of another state may get up to 8 hours of training toward the 16 hour training requirement. A list of courses approved for up to 8 hours credit is available on the website.
The Department and certified firearms instructors shall recognize up to 8 hours of training already completed toward the 16 hour training requirement. Pursuant to the discretion granted within the statute regarding the proficiency of trainees, instructors must verify the prior training and can, within their discretion, determine the need for further training on a case by case basis. The Department has provided a list of approved curriculum to guide individual instructors with this decision.
Any remaining hours that the applicant completes must at least cover applicable State and Federal Laws Relating to the Ownership, Storage, Carry and Transportation of a Firearm Instruction as well as Weapons Handling as defined in the statute and administrative rules. The Instructor shall verify the aggregate number of hours for which the applicant provided proof of instruction in Firearms Safety, Basic Principles of Marksmanship, and Care, Cleaning, Loading and Unloading of a Concealable Firearm, based upon a list provided by the Department of accepted training courses, and provide the necessary additional hours of training to equal 16. Applicants must meet the minimums set out in the 16 hour curriculum. The instructor will need to assess and verify the areas on which the applicant was previously trained and modify the blocks of instruction in sections 1, 2, and 3 to cover the remaining requirements. Sections 4 and 5 should remain unaltered.
The ISP encourages the instructors to teach to proficiency. Minimum hours of instruction have been included as a guide to ensure proficiency; however, the exact make-up of the training will be at the discretion of the individual instructors.
The time lines established are geared toward expert shooters. The minimum hours set herein have been determined to be sufficient for the experienced shooter and shall be adjusted by the approved instructor based upon the skill level of those to be trained to ensure proficiency by all upon the completion of the required training component.
If you are interested in employment with the state of Illinois, Illinois State Police as part of the new Illinois Concealed Carry Program, please visit http://www.work.illinois.gov to find information concerning the employment opportunities available.