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Illinois Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

Updated: 04/29/2019
Carry allowed with my Illinois permit?
Yes, With Restrictions
Yes, Permitless Carry
Yes, Selected State

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.

Illinois law requires residents to have a Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID) to possess a firearm or ammunition. An Illinois Concealed Carry License (CCL) is required to conceal carry a firearm in Illinois. The license permits the licensee to carry a concealed loaded or unloaded handgun on his or her person or within a vehicle. FOID card holders (without a CCL) can legally carry unloaded firearms that are enclosed in a case. Non-resident licenses are only available for residents of Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas and Virginia.  A 16-hour firearms training course conducted by a state-approved instructor is required for all new concealed carry license applications. In terms of reciprocity, Illinois does not honor CCW licenses from any other state.

Illinois is a Castle Doctrine state. You are under no legal duty to retreat if threatened, and using deadly force is justified. Furthermore, the law prevents claims being filed against any person defending his or her house.

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Illinois Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does Illinois allow constitutional carry?


Open Carry Permitted?

Is open carry permitted in Illinois?


Gun Permit Licensure?

If Illinois requires a permit to carry a concealed firearm, how are those permits issued?

Shall issue, with discretion.

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?

What is the minimum age in Illinois to get a concealed carry permit?


Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?

Can you conceal carry weapons other than handguns in Illinois with a concealed carry permit (or under permitless carry if applicable)?


Non-Resident Permitting?

Does Illinois issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?

Yes, but only residents of states or territories of the United States that have laws substantially similar to the requirements to obtain a license under the Firearm Concealed Carry Act are eligible. Currently, the only states considered to be substantially similar are Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas and Virginia.

Public Access to Concealed Carry Registry?

Does Illinois allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?


Carry Locations

Carry in Vehicle?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle in Illinois?

Yes, only with an Illinois CCL [430 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 66/10(c)]. A non-resident may transport a loaded concealed handgun in a vehicle if they have a valid CCW permit in their home state. They cannot under any circumstances remove the firearm from the vehicle. If they need to exit the vehicle they must lock it or place the firearm in a locked container. Any ammunition needs to be stored separately [430 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 66/40(e)].

Carry at Roadside Rest Areas?

Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in Illinois?

Carry in State/National Parks, State/National Forests and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in Illinois?

Yes, only with a CCL, though not in posted buildings, IDNR State Refuge areas, IDNR Dedicated Nature Preserves or IDNR children playground areas.

Carry in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

Can you carry a firearm in restaurants that serve alcohol in Illinois?

Yes, only with a CCL, unless posted. [430 Comp. Stat. § 66/65(a)(9)]

Store in a Vehicle in an Employee Parking Lot?

Does Illinois have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?

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 vehicle's trunk. For purposes of this subsection, "case" includes a glove compartment or console that completely encloses the concealed firearm or ammunition, the trunk of the vehicle, or a firearm carrying box, shipping box or other container.

Anyone with an FOID card can have a firearm that is not immediately accessible or unloaded and enclosed in a case, firearm carrying box, shipping box, or other container in a vehicle.

[430 Ill. Comp. Stat. 66/55(b)]

Additional Related State Laws

Must Notify Officer You're Carrying?

Are you required to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Illinois?

Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does Illinois have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

Not for handguns.

Ammunition Restrictions?

Does Illinois have ammunition restrictions?

Yes. Armor-piercing ammunition is prohibited. Residents must obtain a Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) card in order to buy ammunition. Even if buying ammo outside the state, residents need that FOID card and a driver's license or state-issued identification card in order to take shipment of ammunition. 

"No Weapons Allowed" Signs Enforced?

Are "No Weapons Allowed" signs enforced in Illinois? If yes, violating the sign would be considered to be a crime. If no, violating the sign would not be considered a criminal offense.

Yes, per [430 Comp. Stat. §§ 66/65(d), 66/70] and [1231.150 Admin. Rules].

Signs stating that the carrying of firearms is prohibited shall be clearly and conspicuously posted at the entrance of a building, premises or real property specified in this section as a prohibited area, unless the building or premises is a private residence. The sign shall provide persons entering the property notice that they are entering a prohibited area in which, pursuant to the act, they shall not carry a concealed firearm. Signs shall be of a uniform design as established by the Department and shall be 4" by 6" in size.

Except as otherwise provided, a licensee in violation of this Act shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation is a Class A misdemeanor. The department may suspend a license for up to 6 months for a second violation and shall permanently revoke a license for 3 or more violations of Section 65 of this Act. Any person convicted of a violation under this Section shall pay a $150 fee to be deposited into the Mental Health Reporting Fund, plus any applicable court costs or fees.


Does Illinois have [preemption laws]( related to concealed carry (i.e. Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?

Yes. The authority to regulate firearms and ammunition is reserved to the state, except local municipalities can regulate:

  • Individuals who do not possess a valid FOID card or CCL; 
  • Firearms other than handguns; and
  • Matters related to the sale, purchase and storage of all firearms.

 [430 Comp. Stat. § 66/90]

Red Flag Law?

Does Illinois have a red flag law?

Yes. An immediate family member of a person or a law enforcement officer may file a petition prohibiting and enjoining a named person from having in his or her custody or control, purchasing, possessing, or receiving any firearms. 

[430 ILCS 67/1]

Subject only to the police power, the right of the individual citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.  "
Section 22, Article I of the Illinois Bill of Rights

Illinois Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does Illinois honor?

Illinois will not honor any other states’ concealed carry permits.

Other States' Reciprocity With Illinois

Which states honor permits from Illinois?

Note: Firearms must be carried in accordance with the laws of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your firearms.

States That Have Restricted Reciprocity with Illinois

Which states honor permits from Illinois with restrictions?

Michigan (resident permits only)

Permitless Carry States

Anyone who can legally possess a firearm may carry it concealed in permitless carry states without a permit/license. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.

Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kansas (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)
Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)

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Illinois Concealed Carry Permit Information


An applicant must:

  • Be 21 years old;
  • Have a valid Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID) — FOIDs are valid for 10 years and are processed in 30 days;
  • Not have been convicted of a felony;
  • Not have failed a drug test for a drug for which the applicant did not have a prescription within the previous year;
  • Not have been convicted or found guilty of a misdemeanor involving the threat of physical force or violence to any person within the past 5 years;
  • Not have two or more violations related to driving while under the influence of alcohol, other drugs or intoxicating compounds within the past 5 years;
  • Not be 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;
  • Not have been in a residential or court-ordered treatment for alcoholism, alcohol detoxification or drug treatment within the past 5 years; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.

Initial License $150/$300 for non-residents

Renewals $150/$300 for non-residents

Valid For:

5 years

Processing Time:

90 - 120 days


Link to application

Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits:

Illinois grants non-resident permits only to 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. Currently, the only states considered to be substantially similar are Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas and Virginia.

Name/Address Changes:

Notify the Department within 30 days of moving or changing residence or any change of name and submit the appropriate fee. The Department may require a notarized statement that you have changed your residence or name, including the prior and current address or name and the date you moved or changed your name.

Lost/Stolen Permits:

You must report your IL CCL lost or stolen within 10 days of discovering it has been lost or stolen. You will need to provide a notarized statement and, if applicable, a copy of the police report stating that it was stolen.  There is a replacement fee.

Illinois Concealed Carry Permit Application Process

How to Apply for an Illinois Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Complete firearms training provided by an ISP-approved instructor.

Step 2:

Complete the online application. Go to the Illinois State Police website and get a user ID and password. The following documents are required:

  • A valid Illinois driver’s license or state ID
  • An Illinois State Police user ID and password
  • An electronic copy of your training certificate(s)
  • A valid FOID or FOID in process
  • An electronic head and shoulders photo taken within the previous 30 days
  • Provide the last 10 years of residency
  • Optional — An applicant is not required to submit fingerprints with the application; however, the department has an additional 30 days to review an application that does not include fingerprints. If opting to provide fingerprints, 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.

Make your payment.

Step 3:

Allow 90 days for processing, or 120 days if electronic fingerprints are not provided.

Step 4:

You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

Firearms Training Requirements in Illinois

A 16-hour firearms training course conducted by a state-approved instructor is required for all new concealed carry license applications. The course consists of: 

Members of the military and persons who have completed a firearms training course in another state that has been approved by Illinois can obtain a credit of 8 hours of the required 16-hour course.

A 3-hour training course firearms training course conducted by a state-approved instructor is required for all concealed carry license renewals.

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Illinois Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Process

How to Renew an Illinois Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Complete firearms training provided by an ISP-approved instructor.

Step 2:

 Login to the state Police firearms website and apply for a renewal of your license.

Step 3:

You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

Law Enforcement Officers (LEO)/Retired LEOs

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) and Retired LEOs (RLEOs) may choose to carry under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218. Under 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C, qualified LEOs and qualified retired LEOs, or those separated from service in good standing, can carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. For details check out our Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) page.

The Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board was created under 50 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 705/10. The Illinois Retired Officer Concealed Carry (IROCC) is a program of the Board and the Law Enforcement Training Advisory Commission under Illinois Public Act 094-0103. The IROCC coordinates yearly firearm qualification and issues firearm qualification cards for LEOs and retired LEOs. The process and applications can be found on the IROCC website.

Illinois Location Restrictions

Where Can I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Illinois?

  • Carry in restaurants that serve alcohol? Yes, unless posted.
  • Carry in my vehicle without a permit/license? Only with CCL (or, for non-residents, a valid concealed carry permit from their home state).
  • Carry in roadside rest areas? No.
  • Carry in state/national parks, state/national forests, and WMAs? Yes.
  • Carry in places of worship? There is no State statute prohibiting concealed carry in places of worship. However, since places of worship are private property, they may post signs prohibiting firearms.
Where Can't I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Illinois?

Places off-limits even with a permit/license

  • Schools or child-care facilities; 
  • Colleges and universities; 
  • Any stadium, arena, or the real property or parking area under the control of a stadium, arena, or any collegiate or professional sporting event;
  • Public playgrounds, parks and athletic facilities; 
  • Government buildings; 
  • Courts; 
  • Adult or juvenile detention or correctional institutions, prisons, jails; 
  • Hospitals, mental health facilities, nursing homes; 
  • Public transportation; 
  • Establishments where more than 50 percent of sales are from alcohol; 
  • Public gatherings or special events open to the public; 
  • Locations that have been issued special liquor licenses; 
  • Cook County Forest Preserve property; 
  • Gaming facilities; 
  • Public libraries; 
  • Airports; 
  • Amusement parks, zoos and museums; 
  • Nuclear facilities; 
  • Private property that is clearly and conspicuously posted; and
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law.

FAQ: Illinois Concealed Carry Questions

Do firearms need to be registered in Illinois?


Is a permit required to purchase a gun in Illinois?

Yes. A Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID) is required.

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Illinois?

If a firearm is being sold privately, then by law the seller must verify the purchaser’s FOID card and also keep a record of any sale for a period of 10 years. To verify the purchaser’s FOID card, the seller must contact the state police and receive a transfer approval number via a phone call or web site.

Is there a waiting period after purchasing a firearm in Illinois?

Yes. The waiting period is 72 hours for a handgun and 24 hours for a shotgun or rifle. The purchaser must also have a FOID card issued by the State Police to purchase any firearm or ammunition. As of January 1, 2019, the waiting period for the purchase of all guns will be 72 hours.

What are the knife laws in Illinois?

You can own any knife you would like as long as it is not a ballistic knife or throwing star. Carry of a switchblade is legal with a FOID card. Automatic knives are in the gray area since they are activated by pressing a button, but balisong knives are legal. However, there are some areas (such as courthouses, public parks, public transportation) that are off-limits [Ill. Public Act 100-0082] & [720 Comp. Stat. § 5/24-1].

What are the laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or prescription medication in IL?

Not while under the influence, per 430 ILCS 66/70(d)
As a responsibly armed American, regardless of the laws in your state, it is unwise to carry while under the influence of any substance that could impair your judgement, slow your reaction times, or impact your decision-making abilities. Any decision you make while carrying a firearm could have life-altering consequences.

Related Information & Links for Illinois Gun Laws

Illinois Gun Laws Updates:

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