Frequently asked questions
What are the qualifications for an Illinois Concealed Carry License?
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:
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 be the subject of a pending arrest warrant, prosecution, or proceeding for an offense or action that could lead to disqualification
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.
What type of firearm will I be able to carry concealed?
A "Concealed firearm" is defined, in relevant part, as a loaded or unloaded handgun.
"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 single hand.
"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.
Who needs an Illinois Concealed License?
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).
What does the training for application consist of?
Each participant will need to attend the following:
ILLINOIS CONCEALED CARRY Day 1 – 8 hours. Handgun safety, principles of marksmanship, firearms storage and maintenance, law review, in-home defense and concealed carry issues.
ILLINOIS CONCEALED CARRY Day 2 – 8 hours. State and Federal law, FOID card Act, IL Concealed Carry Act, Gun handling, holster use, and range qualification.
If you have prior training that qualifies, or military service, you can skip Day 1.
Here is a list of prior training/qualifications that are approved in lieu of Day 1:
Illinois Hunter Safety Course – 4 hours
Utah Concealed Carry – 4 hours
Florida Concealed Carry – 4 hours
Nevada Concealed Carry – 4 hours
Missouri Concealed Carry – 4 hours
Kentucky Concealed Carry – 4 hours
Michigan Concealed Carry – 4 hours
Chicago Firearms Safety Course – 4 hours
NRA Basic Pistol – 8 hours
NRA Personal Protection in the home – 8 hours
NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home – 8 hours
Active, Retired, or Honorably discharged member of the US Armed Forces – 8 hours
Previously qualified law enforcement or corrections officer, (430 ILCS 66/75) – 8 hours
A copy of the DD214 form or a military ID card is required to prove military service. Copies of training certificates or Concealed Carry permits are required for proof of other training. Per Illinois State Police, we must maintain a copy of prior training on file.
How do I renew my Illinois CCW Permit?
It is time to renew your Illinois Concealed Carry Permit.
Applicants can not apply with the State Police until they receive the renewal notice from the Illinois State Police.
Take your recertification program from our certified instructors that are also Certified Police Officers and/or experienced firearms instructors with many years of experience teaching firearms and firearms safety.
Our Illinois Concealed Carry 3-hour recertification program covers all the State and Federal applicable laws and the firearms qualification requirement.
You will need to bring your:
Keep all firearms unloaded until instructed otherwise)
Eye and ear protection
50 rounds ammunition minimum, 100 rounds preferred
Targets are provided for the qualification (B-27)
Our 3-hour program consists of:
All Applicable State and Federal Laws Relating to Ownership, Storage, Carry and Transportation of a Firearm (classroom minimum 2 hours)
The Act relating to the ownership, storage, carry and transportation of a firearm:
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
Emphasis on 430 ILCS 66/65 which includes instruction on prohibited areas and the parking lot exemption
The FOID Act 430 ILCS 65/1
All 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 a dwelling
720 ILCS 5/7-3. Use of force in defense of other property
70 ILCS 24/-1. Unlawful use of weapons
Definitions of dwelling, aggressor, forcible felony, and unlawful use of weapons pursuant to ILCS.
Firearm Handling and Qualification (minimum 1 hour)
Handgun and marksmanship fundamentals
Proper handgun concealment
The holster draw
Live-fire instruction and qualification with a concealable firearm consisting of a minimum of 30 rounds
10 rounds from a distance of 5 yards
10 rounds from a distance of 7 yards
10 rounds from a distance of 10 yards
NOTE: Participants must qualify on an ISP approved “B-27” silhouette target.