Illinois Concealed Carry License (CCL) Course

Course Duration
Illinois mandates a minimum of 16 hours of training. Some are eligible for recognizable training credit that applies up to 8 hours of credit toward the minimum time required.

Course Lessons
Topics covered:

Range Requirements:
30 rounds at a B-27 silhouette target with a score of 70% minimum.

Recognizable training towards the 16 hours of training:

    FCCL Prior Training Credit Link to: IL FCCL Prior Training Credit

    Any remaining hours that the applicant completes must cover at a minimum:

    • All applicable State and Federal laws relating to the ownership, storage, carry, and transportation of a firearm
    • Instruction on the appropriate and lawful interaction with law enforcement while transporting or carrying a concealed firearm
    • Range qualification

Additional Requirements

To apply for a CCL, the applicant must:

  1. Be at least 21 years of age
  2. Be eligible for a FOID card if an Illinois resident.
  3. 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
    • 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 offence 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
  4. Submit an appropriately completed Concealed Carry License application
  5. Successfully complete 16 hours of firearms training, including classroom and range instruction.

Course Completion
After successfully completing all lessons, firing a qualified group, and passing a written exam, students will receive certification of training that can be used to apply for your license.