Course Description:

This course is the Illinois Concealed Carry curriculum.  To sign up for this course you MUST have completed ONE of the following:


NRA Basic Pistol Course                                                 8 hours credit

NRA Personal Protection In the Home                           8 hours credit

NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home                 8 hours credit


Possess a DD214 showing honorable military service   8 hours credit

or have a valid Active Military ID.


Or you MUST have a COMBINATION of any of the following totaling 8 hours:


Illinois Hunter Safety Course                                         4 hours credit

Utah Concealed Carry                                                   4 hours credit

Florida Concealed Carry                                               4 hours credit

Nevada Concealed Carry                                              4 hours credit

Kentucky Concealed Carry                                            4 hours credit

Michigan Concealed Carry                                            4 hours credit

Chicago Firearms Safety Course                                   4 hours credit




SATURDAY 9:00-5:00

Cost: $125 Part 1 class 

Cost: $125 Part 2 Class if needed

​Re-Newals are 3 hours for $50.00

Deposit $100 .  

Submitting information to Illinois

State Police $25




After your pay my classes and pass both part 1 and part 2, Illinois state

requires $150 fee for 5 years for your concealed carry permit.

I will give discounts for referrals as well as group sign ups.

You must bring:

Your handgun

100 rounds of ammunition.

Gun Cleaning kit.


Note taking material.


Disclaimer:  While the information provided here is legal in nature, it is not to be construed as legal advice, and is for educational and entertainment purposes only.


Every state has its own set of gun laws, so it’s no surprise that the laws on concealed carry are different from state to state as well.  As states go, Illinois is not the most gun-friendly, but getting a permit for concealed carry is not as difficult as it may seem.  We will go over all the requirements and steps in getting your CCW permit and have you out defending your freedom in no time!

First Things First

If you already checked out our Illinois gun laws section, you’ll know that you need a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card to even be able to do anything related to firearms.  If you want to be able to carry concealed in the state, you’ll also need to make sure you have a valid FOID card.

Once you’ve got the FOID card issue out of the way, you’ll be happy to know that Illinois is a shall-issue state.  That means, as long as you meet all the requirements and fill out the application correctly, the state will issue you a permit, officially known as a concealed carry license (CCL).

So what’s Required?

Beyond the FOID card, there are a few basic requirements that you’ll have to meet in order to get a CCL. 

To qualify for a CCL, you must:

  • Be 21 or older;

  • Have a valid FOID card; and

  • Non-residents can also apply for an Illinois CCL, but only states with concealed carry laws that are substantially similar to those of Illinois will be recognized.  Basically, this means only non-residents from Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, and Virginia qualify for an Illinois non-resident CCL.

Beyond those basic requirements though, you’ll also need to make sure you don’t fall into any of the prohibited categories that would automatically result in your application being denied.  You will be automatically denied a CCL if you:

  • Are prohibited under federal law from possessing or receiving a firearm;

  • Have been convicted or found guilty of a misdemeanor involving the use of threat of physical force or violence to a person, in the last 5 years;

  • Have been convicted or found guilty of two or more violations related to driving while under the influence, in the last 5 years; or

  • Have been in residential or court-ordered treatment for alcoholism, alcohol detoxification, or drug treatment within the last 5 years.

Most of these requirements would likely disqualify you from getting a FOID in the first place, so you wouldn’t even be able to own a firearm, much less try to carry one concealed.

The training requirement is not hard to meet, since you can only take the training from an approved instructor listed on the Illinois State Police CCL website.

The course itself is pretty basic, and will cover the topics of:

  • Firearms safety;

  • Basic principles of marksmanship;

  • Care, cleaning, loading, and loading of a concealable firearm;

  • All state and federal laws relating to the ownership, storage, carry, and transportation of a firearm; and

  • Weapons handling.

In addition to the instruction, you’ll also need to pass a live fire exercise by hitting 70% of the targets.  That gives you 21 shots in the 7 or less ring and 9 misses.  The course requires you to shoot 10 rounds from 5, 7, and 10 yards each, at a NRA B-27 silhouette target.  You probably shouldn’t miss at that range and even possess a firearm.

The Waiting Game

Once you’ve completed your CCL application and made sure you included all the required information, send it in to the Illinois State Police site, and sit back and wait.  It usually takes about 90 days for you to hear back, though if there are any issues with your application, it can take up to an extra 30 days for them to process it.

If your application is denied, you’ll need to pay attention to who denied it.  If your application was denied by the CCL Review Board, then you have 35 days to appeal the decision.  These denials are usually related to issues in your criminal history, so you’ll want to make sure you are aware of any potential issues that might disqualify you from getting a CCL.

If your application was denied by the Director of the ISP, then you have 60 days to appeal the decision.  These types of denials are usually related to FOID eligibility, so you’ll need to look back at whether you have any issues for qualifying for a FOID card.

In both situations, when you are appealing your denial, you need to basically state why you think the denial is wrong, or provide whatever information was missing when you last submitted your application.

Once you fix the problem, or if you never had a problem to fix in the first place, you should hopefully have your CCL in hand, and all you need to do is remember to renew it every 5 years!


One of the best things of getting a CCL is to be able to use it in other states too!  The next time you’re on vacation, don’t forget to bring your CCL, and you can continue to carry your handgun just like you do back home!

An Illinois CCL is recognized as of March 1, 2018 in:

  • Alabama

  • Alaska

  • Arizona

  • Arkansas

  • Idaho

  • Illinois

  • Iowa

  • Indiana

  • Kansas

  • Kentucky

  • Maine

  • Michigan 

  • Minnesota

  • Mississippi

  • Missouri

  • Montana

  • Nebraska

  • Nevada

  • New Hampshire

  • North Carolina

  • Ohio

  • Oklahoma

  • South Dakota

  • Tennessee

  • Texas

  • Utah

  • Vermont

  • Virginia

  • West Virginia

  • Wisconsin

Most of these states are more gun-friendly than Illinois, so you might get used to the gun laws out there and not want to go back!  You’ll want to take a look at the laws for whichever state you’re planning on visiting, just to familiarize yourself with the gun laws on carrying while out there, and be aware of the differences you might need to be careful of.

Just Visiting

If you’re visiting Illinois and have a CCW permit from your home state, then we’ve got some bad news.  Illinois does not recognize CCW permits from any other states.  You’ll have to leave your guns at home, and maybe just stick to the nice parts of the state.