Concealed Carry in Illinois

Concealed Carry Permit Issue Class: No Issue

The “No Issue” classification means that concealed carry is not legal for Illinois residents or non-Illinois residents.

*The state of Illinois has the most rigorous restriction on firearms on any state. It doesn’t cater open or concealed carry of firearms for the residents of the state, but it does allow residents to own a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card (FOID) which is required for owning a firearm and ammunition in the state.

Minimum Requirements for an Illinois Firearm Owner’s Identification card (FOID):

  • You must be a resident of Illinois.
  • You must not be an alien who is unlawfully present in the U.S.
  • Non-immigrant visa holders can apply for a license if they are admitted to the U.S. for lawful hunting or sporting purposes, an official representative of a foreign government, a foreign law enforcement officer on official business, or has received a waiver from the Attorney General of the U.S.
  • You must be 21 years of age or older. If you are under the age of 21, you must have a written consent of your parent or legal guardian to acquire firearms and ammunition.
  • You are qualified to own a firearm in a safe manner.
  • You must not under indictment nor have been convicted of a felony in the U.S. or elsewhere.
  • You must not be convicted of misdemeanor or domestic violence.
  • You must not be under court order.
  • You must not be an unlawful user or addicted to any controlled substance.
  • You must not be dishonorably discharged from the Armed Forces.
  • You have not renounced U.S. citizenship.
  • You must not be adjudged insane or mentally deranged.
  • You must not be a fugitive from justice.

Miscellaneous Illinois Firearms Owners Identification Card (FOID) Information:

  •  Instructions for applications for a Firearms Owners Identification Card (FOID):
    1. You have to indicate your Illinois Card Number or Illinois driver’s license on the application.
    2. Apply for a Firearms Owners Identification Card (FOID) at your local police station.
    3. Provide your photograph and pay the non-refundable fee.
    4. The application, which includes the extensive background check, will be processed within 30 days.
  • The FOID card is valid for five (5) years.
  • Concealed Carry Weapon can be granted if you become a mayor, alderman, president, deputy marshal or policeman. After the required weapons training, you will be considered as a “conservator of the peace.”

Official Government Links:

Illinois Firearm Owners Identification Card Act

Illinois State Police – FOID card FAQ

Illinois Law – Prohibition on Concealed Carry Weapon


Before you can even consider a concealed carry permit, you must still be able to legally possess or own a firearm under U.S. federal law.

United States Code Title 18, Part I, Chapter 44, Section 922: “Firearms, Unlawful Acts” is a summary of conditions that disqualify a person from firearm possession or ownership.

The person cannot be:

  • under indictment for or have been convicted of a felony. (see note 1)
  • a fugitive from justice
  • an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance
  • adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to a mental institution
  • an alien who is illegally or unlawfully in the United States (see note 2)
  • discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions;
  • someone who has renounced his or her U.S. citizenship;
  • subject to a court order that restrains the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner of the person or child of such intimate partner or person, or engaging in other conduct that would place an intimate partner in reasonable fear of bodily injury to the partner or child
  • convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence,
    • Note 1: Felony conviction does not include any conviction which has been expunged or set aside, or for which a person has been pardoned, or has had civil rights restored, unless the pardon, expungement, or restoration of civil rights expressly provides that the person may not ship, transport, possess, or receive firearms.
    • Felonies don’t include non-violent business related crimes.
    • Civil rights are generally restored after the sentence is completed for felonies that are not crimes against persons.
    • Note 2: Legal immigrant aliens (“green card” or approved and pending green card) are not prohibited.
One Response to “Concealed Carry in Illinois”
  1. rich says:

    What is the law for a fixed blade that is around 4 inches long?

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