Concealed Carry Guide

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Carry In Vehicle SEE DETAILS
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed SEE DETAILS
No Weapons Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry Permitted YES
Carry In Liquor EstablishmentsSEE DETAILS
Constitutional Carry NO

Permit Information

Illinois gun laws require applicants for concealed carry permits to be at least 21 years old. They must also pass a 16 hour firearms training course and have a valid FOID card (Firearm Owners Identification) card for the application. The FOID card is also required to purchase a firearm and ammunition. Non-resident permits are available for residents of four states, AR, MS, TX, VA. Illinois was the last state in the US to allow concealed carry. The state was forced by the courts to issue licenses and the first licenses were issued in 2014.

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Illinois honors

CCW Reciprocity Map


CCW license recognition
  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Residential permits only
  • Issuing state

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin

Illinois does not honor any other states permits.


Illinois is a “shall issue” state.
Non-resident permits available for Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, Virginia
The permit is valid for 5 years.

  • I am at least 21 years old
  • I have a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification card
  • I have not been convicted or found guilty of a misdemeanor involving the threat of physical force or violence to any person within the past 5 years
  • I do not have 2 or more violations related to driving while under the influence of alcohol, other drugs, intoxicating compounds within the past 5 years
  • I am not subject to a pending arrest warrant, prosecution or proceeding for an offense or action that could lead to disqualification to own or possess a firearm
  • I have not been in a residential or court-ordered treatment for alcoholism, alcohol detoxification, or drug treatment within the past 5 years
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons
Follow these steps to obtain a permit

  1. Complete your firearm training course, 16 hours is required.
  2. Go to a fingerprint vendor and have your prints taken.
    • 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. Specify to the Live Scan vendor that your fingerprint application is for the Concealed Carry application (ORI = IL920707Z, Purpose Code = CCW).
  3. You will need the following documents;
    • Electronic Copy of my training certificate(s). You will be required to upload your electronic certificate during the application process.
    • An Illinois State Police User ID and Password
    • A Valid Driver’s License or State Identification card.
    • A valid FOID card unless in the process of getting a valid FOID card.
    • 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).
  4. Concealed license applications are taken online. Go to the Illinois State Police website and get a user ID and password.
  5. Fill out the electronic application form and pay $150
  6. You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.
New Permits:
$150 residents
$300 non-residents

Accepted forms of payment
Credit card, Electronic check

  • illinois concealed carry application form


Where You Can Carry

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • Public or private elementary or secondary school.
  • Pre-school or child care facility
  • Any building, parking area, or portion of a building under the control of an officer of the executive or legislative branch of government
  • Circuit court, appellate court, or the Supreme Court
  • Any building or portion of a building under the control of a unit of local government
  • Adult or juvenile detention or correctional institution, prison, or jail
  • Public or private hospital or hospital affiliate, mental health facility, or nursing home
  • Public bus, train, or form of transportation paid for with public funds
  • Establishment that serves alcohol on its premises, if more than 50% of the establishment’s gross receipts within the prior 3 months is from the sale of alcohol
  • Any public gathering or special event conducted on property open to the public
  • Any building or real property that has been issued a Special Event Retailer’s license
  • Public playground
  • Public park, athletic area, or athletic facility
  • Property under the control of the Cook County Forest Preserve District
  • Any building, classroom, laboratory, medical clinic, hospital, artistic venue, athletic venue, entertainment venue, officially recognized university-related organization property, including parking areas, sidewalks, and common areas under the control of a public or private community college, or university
  • Gaming facility licensed under the Riverboat Gambling Act or the Illinois Horse Racing Act of 1975, including an inter-track wagering location
  • Any stadium, arena, or the real property or parking area under the control of a stadium, arena, or any collegiate or professional sporting event
  • Public library
  • Airport
  • Amusement park
  • Zoo or museum
  • Any street, driveway, parking area, property, building, or facility, owned, leased, controlled, or used by a nuclear energy, storage, weapons, or development site or facility regulated by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Details on Illinois Gun Laws

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the Illinois State Police.
90 Days
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 90 days of the application being received.
NO – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law
There is nothing in Illinois gun laws that state you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. You are legally required to carry the permit/license at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun.
Illinois gun laws give the force of law to “No Weapons” signs. There are legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

YES/NO – Without a Permit/License
It is illegal to carry a loaded firearm in a vehicle without a permit/license. The statute does not apply, however, to the transportation of firearms that are:
1) broken down in a non-functioning state;
2) not immediately accessible; or
3) unloaded and enclosed in a case, firearm carrying box, shipping box, or other container by a person with a currently valid Firearm Owner’s Identification card.
A person who is issued a valid concealed carry license is permitted to keep or carry a loaded or unloaded concealed firearm on or about his or her person within a vehicle.
YES – Without a Permit/License
Carrying a handgun without a permit/license in Illinois is illegal. Even if you have a concealed permit you still cannot legally open carry. The handgun must be concealed from view of the public.
YES/NO – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
Yes unless the bar is posted. If a bar gets more than 50% of their income from selling alcohol then you cannot carry a firearm there.

“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.

You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, and WMA’s. It is also illegal to carry a firearm at a roadside rest area or dedicated nature reserves.

Get in Touch

Illinois State Police


Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 801 South 7th Street

CitySpringfield, IL 62703

Phone 217-782-7980

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