How to get a Concealed Carry License

Getting Your Illinois Concealed Carry License (CCL) is as Easy as 1,2,3!



  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must have a valid FOID card OR qualify for receiving a FOID card.
  • Cannot be prohibited under the FOID Act or federal law, from possessing or receiving a firearm
  • No misdemeanors on record involving the threat of force/violence to anyone within 5 years of your application
  • Cannot be involved in two or more offenses involving DUI within 5 years of your application
  • Cannot be subject to pending arrest warrant, prosecution or proceeding for any offense that would disqualify you
  • Cannot be involved with any residential or court-ordered alcohol or drug treatment program within 5 years of your application

Pistol Safety Course

A Pistol Safety Course is required for a Pistol license:

  • The course is a 16-hour training course
  • Must complete the course for firearms training and education requirements
  • Training covers areas such as firearm safety, principles of marksmanship, care, cleaning, loading/unloading of firearm, applicable state and federal laws relating to ownership, and the appropriate interaction with law enforcement when carrying a concealed firearm.

Submit Application

Submitting an Application

Step 1) Before you submit your application for your CCL, make sure you have the following information handy:

An application will require:

  • $150 fee* ($300 fee for non-Illinois residents)
  • Your name
  • Driver’s license or state ID card number
  • Full set of fingerprints.  For a list of authorized agents who can take your fingerprints, please click here:
  • A head and shoulders color photograph taken within 30 days before your license application (the size of the photograph is specified by the Department of State Police, so make sure you check the photo requirements)
  • A copy of your certificate of training
  • Address
  • DOB
  • Place of birth
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Hair color
  • Eye color
  • Maiden name or any other name you have used or identify with
  • Any address you have lived in for more than 30 days in the last 10 years

Step 2) Access the CCL application at (Click on the ‘Firearms Services: FOID Concealed Carry FFL Portal’ button to the upper right corner of the homepage), then click on the ‘Concealed Carry License’ Button.

Step 3) Register for an Illinois State Police User ID. Login with your ID and password once you have registered.

Step 4) Once you receive your ID and password in your email that you have provided, click on the Illinois Digital ID website button to obtain a Digital ID before beginning your application. Once you have read all of the agreements on the website, and you have entered all information accurately, click on the ‘Submit’ button. You will receive a confirmation email and a link. Click on the link to continue with your application.

Step 5) Complete the application online (remember to upload and attach your photo). The last page of the application is the payment form (payments are required with a Credit Card). Submit your payment and your application is complete!

What is an FOID card and how do I get one?

As part of the licensing requirements, all residents of Illinois are required to apply for a ‘Firearms Owner Identification’ card (aka FOID )

While other states do not require this extra step in licensing, Illinois requires applicants to take this step in receiving their CCL.

How to obtain an FOID card

Obtaining a FOID card is a very simply process!

Step 1) Fill out an online application at: (if this link does not work, you can also fill out the online application from the Illinois State Police website found here: )

Step 2) Once you have completed your online application, print it out and attach a money order or a check for the amount of $10 to the Illinois State Police.

Step 3) Mail your application to: `     Illinois State Police – FOID Post Office Box 19233 Springfield, IL 62794-9233

Once your application is received, it can take up to 30 days to process and deliver your FOID card, if approved.

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