Concealed Carry FAQ's
What do I need for class?
2 Day, 16 Hour CCL Classes
On day one, you will need some form of ID preferably a FOID card. Payment for fingerprints CASH of $65 is preferred, $70 for credit or debit, (Fingerprints Highly Recommended) but not required. Then maybe something for taking notes.
Day Two, You will bring a firearm and no less than 30 rounds of ammo, eye and ear protection and bag to carry it all. You Don’t have a firearm yet, we can help with that for an additional $30 includes the ammo need.
3 hour hour class runs 10am to 1pm Bring your CCL License with you. Bring your Firearm and a minimum of 30 rounds along with eye and ear protection.
Bring your current military ID or a copy of your DD214. Copy of FOID card or State ID. Bring your Firearm and a minimum of 30 rounds along with eye and ear protection. Shooting qualification is same day. Bring a lunch.
Concealed Carry License Applicants
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 does a citizen apply for an Illinois Concealed Carry License?
In short you must take a qualifying course, submit the appropriate paperwork, pay the fee, and pass the background check. Read our complete Illinois CCW Permit Application Guide for more details.
How long will it take a citizen to obtain an Illinois Concealed Carry License?
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.
The Act requires applicants to submit a photo taken within the past 30 days, will the photo be taken as part of the Fee Application for applicants who submit electronic fingerprints satisfy this requirement?
No. All applicants must submit a photo taken within the past 30 days even if they were photographed as part of their fingerprinting process.
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) (Read our Guide to FOID cards)
- 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 allowed 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.
Q: Where can I learn more about denials and appealing denials?
Check our full guide for dealing with and appealing denials from ISP (Illinois State Police)
Can out-of-state residents obtain an Illinois Concealed Carry License?
Yes. However, only residents of states or territories of the United States that have laws related to firearm ownership, possession, and carrying, that are substantially similar to the requirements to obtain a license under the Firearm Concealed Carry Act are eligible. Although the Firearm Concealed Carry Act intended to issue licenses to non-residents, the way the law is interpreted, only residents of Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas and Virginia are currently able to obtain them. And that is after paying an application fee of $300
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).
Class Syllabus for the Illinois Concealed Carry Classes
INTRODUCTION: • Agenda (slide 2)
• Statistics and Trends (slides 3 – 12) 1. DEVELOPING A PERSONAL AND HOME PROTECTION PLAN:
• Defining a personal protection plan (slide 3 including video)
• Why conflict avoidance is so important (slides 4 – 6 including video on slide 5)
• Situational awareness (slides 7 – 10)
• The color codes of awareness (slides 16 – 20)
• Areas to avoid (slides 21 – 23)
• Cover, concealment, and an exit strategy (slides 24 – 25)
• How a permit to carry fits (slide 26 including video) 2. SELF-DEFENSE FIREARM BASICS:
• Universal safety rules (slides 3 – 6)
• Clearing a semi-automatic (slides 7 – 9 and demonstration when allowed)
• Clearing a revolver (slide 10 and demonstration when allowed)
• Defining a gun’s action (slide 11 including interactive widget)
• Understanding revolvers (slides 14 – 17 including video on slide 14)
• Understanding semi-automatics (slides 18 – 23 including video on slide 18)
• Modern, striker-fired handguns (slide 24 including interactive widget, and slide 30)
• Understanding magazines (slide 31)
• Ammunition components (slides 48 – 52)
• Is caliber all that matters? (slide 53)
• Other measurements (slide 54 including interactive widget as appropriate)
• Ammunition care and storage (slides 75 – 76)
• Common ammunition malfunctions (slide 77)
• Defensive shooting versus marksmanship (slides 3 – 4)
• Proper grip (slides 6 – 11 including video on slide 6)
• Shooting platform (slides 12 – 16)
• Aligning the muzzle to the target (slides 17 – 23 including video on slide 17 and interactive widget)
• Unsighted fire, point shooting (slides 24 including interactive widget)
• Flash sight picture (slide 33)
• Sighted fire (slides 34 – 35)
• Trigger control (slides 36 – 38)
• Clearing semi-auto malfunctions (slide 78 and and live demonstration if allowed)
• Rubber band exercise (slide 39) 4. THE LEGAL USE OF FORCE:
• Defining reasonable force and deadly force (slide 3 including interactive widget)
• Detailed definitions of deadly force rules including scenarios (slide 7 including interactive widget)
• What prosecutors will want to know (slide 24 including video)
• Defending the home (slides 26 – 27)
• Defending property (slides 28 – 29) 5. VIOLENT ENCOUNTERS AND THEIR AFTERMATH:
• Understanding fight or flight (slides 3 – 4 including interative widget as appropriate)
• Effects of adrenaline and endorphines (slides 14 – 15)
• Recognizing a threat (slide 31)
• Issuing commands and evaluating options (slides 32 – 33 including thumbnail images)
• When we’re left with no other choice (slides 39 – 41)
• When the right to use deadly force ends (slide 42)
• The immediate aftermath (slide 43)
• Phone calls to make (slides 44 – 45)
• When the police arrive (slides 46)
• Statement to the police (slide 47)
• Preserving evidence (slide 48)
• Miranda rights (slide 49 and video)
• During and after your arrest (slides 50 – 51)
• Advice for your lawyer (slide 52) 6. GEAR AND GADGETS:
• Holster retention (slides 3 – 5 or demonstration)
• Hip holsters (slide 6 or demonstration)
• Paddle holsters (slide 7 or demonstration)
• Pocket holsters (slides 8 and 9 or demonstration)
• Inside the waistband holsters (slide 10 or demonstration)
• Belts (slide 13 or demonstration)
• Tactical flashlights (slides 14 – 16 or demonstration)
• Guns safes and storage (slides 21 or demonstration) 7. BASIC AND ADVANCED SKILLS:
• Creating a training program (slide 3)
• Dry firing (slides 4 – 5 or demonstration)
• Fundamental drill discussion (slides 6 – 8 or equivalent)
What other states honor the Illinois Permit?
For more State Law click on the State to take you to the link.
Other States’ Reciprocity with Illinois
Permitless Carry States
- Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
- Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
- Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
- Idaho (at least 18 years old)
- Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
- Kentucky (if at least 21 years old)
- Maine (if at least 21 years old)
- Mississippi (if at least 21 years old)
- Missouri (if at least 19 years old)
- New Hampshire (if at least 18 years old)
- Oklahoma (if at least 21 years old)
- South Dakota (if at least 18 years old)
- Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
- West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)
With my permit will I 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 parking lot exemption for CCL holders in prohibited places?
Any Licensee prohibited from carrying a concealed firearm into the parking area of a prohibited location shall be permitted to carry a concealed firearm on or about his or her person within a vehicle into the parking area and may store a firearm or ammunition concealed in a case within a locked vehicle or locked container out of plain view within the vehicle in the parking area. A licensee may carry a concealed firearm in the immediate area surrounding his or her vehicle within a prohibited parking lot area only for the limited purpose of storing or retrieving a firearm within the vehicles trunk , provided the licensee ensures the concealed firearm is unloaded prior to exiting the vehicle. This exception does not apply to any area where firearms are prohibited under federal law or to property regulated by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Who can get credit for up to 8 hours of prior training (from either previous courses or experience)?
The statute provides that active, retired, and honorably discharged members of the United States Armed Forces shall be considered to have completed 8 hours of the 16 hour training requirement. Applicants who have completed a training course that is approved by the Department and recognized under the laws of another state may get up to 8 hours of training toward the 16 hour training requirement. Click on the link to view approved courses. https://www.isp.state.il.us/appriss/ccw/CCWPriorTrainingCredit.pdf
Summary of Illinois Gun Laws
Illinois is a shall-issue state, meaning that Illinois State Police must issue a concealed carry license if the applicant meets certain qualifications. However, Illinois differs from other states in that it still gives law enforcement the right to object to a concealed carry license being issued if they think the applicant is a danger to public safety or himself/herself. If the police do object, then the case is heard by the Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board, who will make the final decision as to whether or not a license is issued. The applicant is notified by mail of the Board’s decision. There is an appeal process.
Open carry of a handgun on your person or in a vehicle is illegal.
An Illinois Concealed Carry License (CCL) is required to concealed carry a firearm in Illinois. Applicants must be 21 or older. The license permits the licensee to carry a concealed loaded or unloaded handgun on his or her person or within a vehicle. A 16-hour firearms training course conducted by a state-approved instructor is required for all new concealed carry license applications. Non-resident licenses are only available for residents of Arkansas, Idaho, Mississippi, Nevada, Texas and Virginia. In terms of reciprocity, Illinois does not honor CCW licenses from any other state.
Illinois law requires residents to have a Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID) to possess a firearm or ammunition. FOID card holders (without a CCL) can legally carry unloaded firearms that are enclosed in a case.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, FOID card holders & CCL licensees who submit their renewal application will remain valid during the duration of the state’s disaster proclamation and for a period of 18 months following the termination of the disaster, even if their renewal application is/was not submitted prior to expiration. Under the emergency rule, a FOID card or concealed carry license that has expired since the start of the pandemic is still considered valid as long as the holder has applied for renewal, paid the required fees, and the card is not subject to revocation, meaning the person has not committed an offense that would otherwise disqualify them from holding the permit. In addition, CCL licensees will not be required to immediately submit proof of three-hour training with their CCL renewal application but will need to submit proof of their training within 18 months following the termination of the state’s disaster proclamation in order to maintain the validity of their CCL license.
new rules are effective immediately.
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