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THE MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING THE ILLINOIS CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT:

Who needs an Illinois Concealed Carry 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 are the qualifications for an Illinois Concealed Carry License?

The applicant must:

Be at least 21 years of age

Have a valid FOID card (if an Illinois resident)

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.

LiveScan fingerprints along with photo

How does a citizen apply for an Illinois Concealed Carry License?

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.

Do citizens have to wait until January 5th, 2014 to take the required 16 hour training course?

No.  Citizens can register for the 16 hour training course at any time.  The course MUST be provided by an ISP certified instructor as well as the course curriculum.  Taking courses that are provided by certified instructors and curriculum may result in denial of your concealed carry permit application.

Are fingerprints a requirement to apply for the concealed carry permit?

Yes.  LiveScan fingerprints, as well as a photo are required.

What is the cost for an Illinois Concealed Carry License?

$150 for 5 years for Illinois residents

$300 for 5 years for out-of-state residents

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

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

What type of firearm will I be allowed to carry concealed?

A “Concealed firearm” is defined as a 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.

Are out-of-state Concealed Carry permit holders granted reciprocity in Illinois?

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.

Will Illinois Concealed Carry License holders have reciprocity in other states?

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.

Will persons be allowed to open carry?

No. A handgun carried on or about a person must be concealed from view of the public or on or about a person within a vehicle.

What is the penalty for carrying a weapon without a valid CCL?

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.