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Illinois CCW Permit Application Guide

This page is divided into two sections. The first section refers to Illinois Residents. If you are a non-resident scroll down to the second section.

ILLINOIS RESIDENTS

In order to apply you must provide/include the following:

  • 16 hours of Concealed Carry firearms training provided by an ISP (Illinois State Police) approved Instructor (like us :).
  • Electronic Copy of your training certificate(s). You will be required to upload your electronic certificate during the application process.
  • An Illinois Digital I.D. (Visit the Illinois Digital ID website to obtain a digital ID.) NOTE: If you have questions, visit the Illinois Digital ID website FAQ page or call the Central Management Services Help Desk at 1-866-465-9119 for assistance with the Digital ID. Questions regarding the Concealed Carry License application process should be directed to the Illinois State Police at 217-782-7980.
  • A Valid Driver’s License or State Identification card.
  • A valid FOID card. (Read our Guide to FOID cards)
  • 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! Specify to the Live Scan vendor that your fingerprint application is for the Concealed Carry application (ORI = IL920707Z, Purpose Code = CCW).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.
  • $150.00 payable with a credit card or electronic check.

Once you have all the above documentation prepared visit the below link to begin the application process.

Apply for Illinois CCW Permit

NON-RESIDENTS

In accordance with 430 ILCS 66/40 (b), out of state residents may be eligible for an Illinois Concealed Carry License if your state meets the definition of substantially similar as established by rule. See 20 Il. Admin. Code 1231.10. Further Information concerning the regulations for non-resident applications can be read on our Non-Resident Illinois CCW Page.

Other requirements if your state meets the substantially similarly definition:

  • 16 hours of Concealed Carry firearms training provided by an ISP approved Instructor (like us).
  • An electronic copy of a valid concealed carry license from your home state.
  • Electronic Copy of my training certificate(s). You will be required to upload your electronic certificate during the application process.
  • A head and shoulder electronic photograph taken within the last 30 days.
  • An Illinois Digital I.D. (Visit the Illinois Digital ID website to obtain a digital ID.) NOTE: If you have questions, visit the Illinois Digital ID website FAQ page or call the Central Management Services Help Desk at 1-866-465-9119 for assistance with the Digital ID. Questions regarding the Concealed Carry License application process should be directed to the Illinois State Police at 217-782-7980.
  •  Valid Driver’s License or State Identification card.
  • Be able to provide the last ten years of residency.
  • A notarized affidavit documenting the applicant’s eligibility under both state and federal laws, the understanding of the laws pertaining to possession and transport of firearms, acknowledgment the applicant is subject to the jurisdiction of the Illinois State Police and the Illinois courts and that the applicant meets the mental health standards in Illinois to obtain a firearm.
  • $300.00 payable with a credit card or electronic check.

Once you have all the above documentation prepared visit the below link to begin the application process.

Apply for Illinois CCW Permit