Illinois Gun Laws

Gun Control Laws in Illinois

Illinois gun laws were enacted to regulate the sale, possession, and use of firearms and ammunition in the state. When applying for a concealed carry application, you must take a 16-hour gun safety training class. To purchase a gun in Illinois, you must have a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card. Non-residents are exempt from this regulation. You must be at least twenty-one years old and be a state resident. The state police issues these cards, and when selling privately, you need to make sure the buyer has one. There is a 72-hour waiting period for buying a gun in Illinois. If your firearms are stolen, you must report it to the police immediately. Although the state governs gun law, some local counties have stricter rules that override those of the state. You are not eligible for a FOID card if you have any felonies, domestic violence abuse charges, or have been a patient in a mental health facility within the past five years. You must be a legal U.S. citizen to apply. Illinois is a “Shall Issue” state.

State CCW Quick Facts

  • Shall Issue State gun policy
  • No Open Carry Permitted
  • No Constitutional Carry
  • Yes Carry In Restaurants
  • Yes Carry In Vehicle
  • Residents/Non-residents License issued to
  • 243,245 Number of Active CCW Permits
  • 26 # of states that honor Illinois license
  • 0 # of state licenses that Illinois honors
  • 5 Years license is valid
  • 150 $ cost of the license
  • 21 Minimum age for license permit

Illinois’s policy is Shall Issue in practice and its license is issued to residents. You can carry a handgun in: state parks, state and national forests, vehicle , all areas of the state not listed as forbidden.

Illinois CCW Reciprocity Map

Although Illinois does not honor any other state’s CCW permits, they will issue concealed carry licenses to non-residents if they live in Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, or Virginia. The reason is that these four states have very similar gun laws to Illinois. The following twenty-six states do honor an Illinois CCW for residents 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, and Wisconsin. These states offer reciprocity with Illinois for non-resident permits 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, and Wisconsin.

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Illinois Concealed Carry Permit and Laws

Illinois is a “Shall Issue” state, but open carry is not permitted, so you need a concealed carry license. You do not have to notify officers when you are carrying. However, you do need to legally observe all “no weapons” signs posted. You can carry a loaded, concealed weapon on your car only with a permit. If you do not have a license, then it is illegal unless the gun is unloaded, taken apart, or not easily accessible. For non-residents, there are specific stipulations that only with a CCW from their own state can you travel with a loaded weapon. However, you are not allowed to remove it from the car. Open carry is not permitted in Illinois, but you can carry in restaurants and other places that serve alcohol. You can carry in state parks but not in government buildings, schools, preschools or daycare centers, courts, prisons, hospitals, along with a whole list of other places.

CCW Eligibility: Qualify or Pre-Qualify?

To qualify for a concealed carry permit, first, you must be twenty-one years old. The state police have complete say and can refuse you a license if they think you are a danger to yourself or others. You must also have a FOID card and have completed a 16-hour gun safety-training course. You cannot have been convicted of any physical violence charges for at least five years. You cannot have more than two DUI charges on your record, and you must not be subject to a court ordered drug or alcohol abuse program. There cannot be any arrest warrants out on you as well. You must also comply with all federal regulations.

Illinois Gun Background Check

Illinois is a “point of contact” state, and firearm dealers must contact the Illinois Department of State Police (“DSP”) to perform a background check before selling to any residents. Along with their databases, the DSP will contact the FBI to search mental health records to ensure the safety of selling a firearm to a prospective buyer. There is a 24-hour waiting period for long guns and a 72-hour waiting period for a handgun. Anyone 18-20 must have parental consent to apply for the purchase of a firearm.

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IL CCW and Pistol Permit Information

State Concealed Carry Requirements

  • At least 21 years old
  • You have a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification card (FOID)
  • You 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
  • You 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
  • You are 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
  • You have not been in a residential or court-ordered treatment for alcoholism, alcohol detoxification, or drug treatment within the past 5 years
  • Federal law requirements

Gun CCW Permit Application

  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.
  3. You will need the following documents; Electronic Copy of training certificate. 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!.
  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.

CCW Renewal

  • You will need to do a 3 hour training course
  • Once you have a training certificate you will need to login to the state Police firearms website and apply for a renewal of your license.

IL Concealed Carry License Fee information

Permit typeFees when getting a new permitRenewalCurrent license amendmentFingerprint scan feeFee for firearm classesAdditional state fees
Firearm owners' identification card (required for purchase or possession of firearms)$11 (Armed forces members and reservists are exempt from fee)$11.00$11.00 (Rplacement)
$5.00 (Name/Address change)
Criminal history record check fee
Concealed Carry Permit$150.00 (For Residents)
$300.00 (For Non-Residents)
Fee not specified in statutes$75.00 (Replacement/Name change)$125 - $250

Places Where You Can & Can’t Carry a Gun in Illinois

State parksPublic or private elementary or secondary school
State and national forestsPre-school or child care facility
VehicleAny building or parking area under the control of an officer of legislative branch of government
All areas of the state not listed as ForbiddenCircuit 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
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 classroom, laboratory, medical clinic, hospital, artistic venue, athletic venue, entertainment venue, university-related organization property
Gaming facility
Any stadium, arena
Amusement park
Zoo or museum
Any place used by a nuclear energy, storage, weapons, or development site
Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law

Illinois CCW Contact

Illinois Bureau of Firearms


Monday – Friday:8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Address:Illinois State Police
Concealed Carry
801 South 7th Street
Suite 400 – M
City:Springfield, Illinois 62703
Phone:(217) 782-7980

CCW Licensing Offices in Illinois

Illinois State Police

Office Address
Illinois State Police Concealed Carry 801 South 7th Street Suite 400 – M Springfield, Illinois 62703

(217) 782-7980

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Counties in Illinois