Concealed carry FAQs: What's the cost?

January 16, 2014 

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

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)

* 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, or 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.

How does a citizen apply for an Illinois concealed-carry license?

The application is now available to the public on the ISP webpage. Additional information regarding the application and fingerprinting process have also been added to this website.

Where can I go to be fingerprinted?

Concealed Carry License applicants who intend to submit fingerprints for non-criminal justice purposes must be fingerprinted by a licensed Illinois live scan vendor or registered law enforcement agency authorized to submit for Conceal Carry purposes. A list of licensed live scan fingerprint vendors is available at the following link:

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

A "concealed firearm" is defined 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.

Where is carrying a concealed weapon prohibited?

The law bans carrying concealed firearms in places such as schools, child-care facilities, courthouses, public transportation, college and professional sports stadiums and in establishments where alcohol sales make up more than 50 percent of a business's receipts.

Business owners can prohibit carrying on their grounds by posting an ISP-approved sign that is 4 inches by 6 inches. Information about how to obtain a sign is available on the ISP web page.

Are there any concealed-carry instructors I can contact for assistance with the application process?

Yes. Go to the following web address for a link to find instructors who have indicated a willingness to provide application assistance.

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.

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.

Source: Illinois State Police

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