Q: What is the cost for an Illinois Concealed Carry License?
A: $150 for 5 years for Illinois residents, $300 for 5 years for out-of-state residents


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

A: 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.


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

A: 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 background check. In all cases, law enforcement agencies will have 30 days to file an objection once an application is received.


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

A: 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:”

  1. A stun gun or taser;
  2. A machine gun as defined in item (i) of paragraph (7) of subsection (a) of Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code of 2012;
  3. 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
  4. 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: Who can get credit for up to 8 hours of prior training?

A: 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. A list of courses approved for up to 8 hours credit is available on the website.


Q: Do applicants have to own their own equipment before they can take a training class?

A: Not necessarily, equipment requirements will be set by approved instructors.


Q:  Why should an Illinois resident consider applying for a FLORIDA Concealed Carry license?

A:  Because of the reciprocity laws for the State of Florida, your Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License is also recognized in the 30 states that share reciprocity with Florida. These states include several that border Illinois including Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Iowa. At present, no state shares reciprocity with the State of Illinois. This means the Illinois Concealed Carry license is only recognized in Illinois.

CLICK HERE for more information about the states that share reciprocity with the State of Florida.


Q: Why should I consider signing up for protection from Second Call Defense?

A: As a Second Call Defense member you will enjoy peace of mind knowing that you have immediate and comprehensive legal and financial protection. You have the right to defend yourself, but the moment you pull the trigger you are at risk for devastating legal and financial consequences, even when you have legally used a gun in self defense.

Useful Links


Illinois State Police

World Shooting and Recreational Complex

Florida Dept of Agriculture & Consumer Services

National Rifle Association