Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the cost for an Illinois Concealed Carry License?

A: $150 for 5 years for Illinois residents. $300 for 5 years for out-of-state residents.

Q: How long will it take a citizen to obtain an Illinois Concealed Carry License?

A: Upon receipt of a completed application, including fee, 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.

Q: What are the qualifications for an Illinois Concealed Carry License?

A: The applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have a currently valid FOID card (if an Illinois resident)
  • Is not prohibited under federal law from possessing or receiving a firearm
  • Have not been convicted or found guilty in Illinois or any other state of:Not be the subject of a pending arrest warrant, prosecution, or proceeding for an offense or action that could lead to disqualification
    • A misdemeanor involving the use or threat of physical force or violence to any person within the last 5 years
    • 2 or more violations related to driving while under the influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, intoxicating compound or compounds, or any combination thereof, within the last 5 years
  • Not have been in residential or court-ordered treatment for alcoholism, alcohol detoxification, or drug treatment within the last 5 years
  • Submit a completed Concealed Carry License application
  • Successfully complete 16 hours of firearms training, including classroom and range instruction.
  • Not have been in residential or court-ordered treatment for alcoholism, alcohol detoxification, or drug treatment within the last 5 years
  • Submit a completed Concealed Carry License application
  • Successfully complete 16 hours of firearms training, including classroom and range instruction.
Q: What does the firearms training course consist of?

A: A 16 hour training course must, at a minimum, cover the following topics:
Firearms Safety – a minimum of 1 hour;

  • Basic Principles of Marksmanship – a minimum of 1 hour;
  • Care, Cleaning, Loading and Unloading of a Concealable Firearm – a minimum of 1 hour;
  • All Applicable State and Federal Laws Relating to the Ownership, Storage, Carry and Transportation of a Firearm (including but not limited to the appropriate and lawful interaction with law enforcement while transporting or carrying a concealed firearm) – a minimum of 2 hours; and
  • Weapons Handling – a minimum of 1 range hour.
    All applicants must pass a live fire exercise with a concealable firearm consisting of:

    1. A minimum of 30 rounds
    2. 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 ISP.
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