FAQ

Class

Am I required to bring a holster to the class?

No. All holster work will be done in the classroom with our holsters and practice guns. However, bringing your own holster is optional on day 2 at the range.

Am I required to bring my own gun and ammunition?

Yes. At this time you are required to bring your own gun and ammunition. Please call if you do not have a gun, we have a limited amount of firearms that may be rented for an extra fee.

Are there any prerequisites for taking the Illinois Concealed Carry license class?

At this time the only prerequisites are that you have a firearm to use on day 2 at the range.

Are there any restrictions on the gun I can qualify with at the range?

No. The law simply says “concealable firearm”, concealable firearm as defined by the state simply means a handgun, and the caliber of this handgun could be anything from a .22 to a 44 magnum.

Do I have to qualify at the range with the gun I am going to carry?

No. You do not have to qualify with the gun you are going to carry.

I am a re-loader, can I use reloaded ammunition to qualify at the range?

No. Due to insurance concerns, only factory loaded ammunition is allowed during live fire at the range.

Should I bring my firearm to class?

Please leave your firearm in your car until it is needed at the range.

What should I bring to the class?

Day 1

  • Bag lunch
  • Government issued picture id
  • Any training credit you may have

Day 2

  • Bag lunch
  • Any training credit you may have
  • Government issued picture id
  • Concealable Firearm (any handgun that fires handgun ammunition)
  • Ammunition
    • 30 rounds
  • Hearing protection
  • Eye protection
  • Hat with a brim (or visor)
  • Clothing appropriate for the weather, we are outside at the range for about an hour

How do I apply for my Illinois or Arizona or Florida Concealed Carry licenses?

Applying for you Illinois license on-line

***You must first have taken your training for Illinois and received a certificate of completion by a qualified instructor***

https://www.isp.state.il.us/appriss/ccw/CCWApplicationProcess.pdf

Applying for you Illinois license over the phone

Illinois Concealed Carry license over the PHONE application process

***You must first have taken your training for Illinois and received a certificate of completion by a qualified instructor***

Officials to Accommodate Applicants Without Computer Access

SPRINGFIELD; Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announced today that an alternative application option to apply for a Concealed Carry License (CCL) is now available for those individuals without computer access.

Applicants can contact the ISP Firearms Services (FSB) Customer Service Center phone line at (217) 782-7980 and provide a FSB call taker with the same CCL application information that is currently required through the CCL on-line process.

The FSB call taker will need the applicants full name, any previous names, date of birth, drivers license number or state ID, Firearms Owner Identification (FOID) card number, current mailing address, ten years of previous address history, fingerprint Transaction Control Number (TCN) (which is optional), training instructor’s name and the Concealed Carry Trainers Identification (CCTID) number. Applicants should have this information readily available prior to calling the FSB Customer Service Center phone line.

Upon validation of the FOID number and drivers license or identification card, payment in the form of credit card or electronic check will be needed and securely processed by the FSB call taker.

Once the CCL telephone application interview is completed and payment confirmed, the applicant will receive the application in the mail. Upon receipt, the applicant must review the application for accuracy, initial all required areas, answer the background check questions, and sign and date the application. The applicant must also attach a 2 inch by 2 inch headshot photo (shoulder to head) taken within the last 30 days and provide all required training certificates.

The completed application, photo, and training certificates must be returned to the ISP through the U.S. Postal Service before the application will be processed and a license issued.

The Illinois State Police is providing this alternative method to ensure that the public has options to participate in the CCL application process and to ensure turnaround times are met in accordance with the Firearm Concealed Carry Act.

To date, more than 78,000 CCL applications have been submitted and more than 60,000 are active across Illinois.

ISP continues to encourage the public to use the on-line CCL application option when possible for the most efficient processing method.

Completed CCL applications, photo and required training certificates can be mailed to:
The Illinois State Police
Attn: CCL Application
801 South 7th Street, 400M
Springfield, Il 62704

Applying for your Arizona license

Arizona CCW Application

***You must first have taken your training for Arizona and received a certificate of completion by a qualified instructor***

The Arizona Department of Public Safety issues licenses to eligible Arizona residents and non-residents, permitting them to carry a concealed weapon or firearm. You will be required to submit an application fingerprints, a passport type photo and the requisite fee of $60.00

Acceptable forms of payment include: money order, cashiers or certified checks. Make all payments payable to AZ DPS. Personal checks are not accepted.

Complete directions on obtaining a Permit:

http://www.azdps.gov/Services/Concealed_Weapons/Permits/Obtain/

Short version:

  1. Determine whether you meet the qualifications to obtain a concealed weapon permit.
  2. Review the provisions contained in Arizona Revised Statute Title 13, chapters 4 (Justifiable Use of Force) and 31 (Weapons and Explosives) which are available on the Arizona State Legislature website utilizing the following link: http://www.azleg.gov/ArizonaRevisedStatutes.asp?Title=13
  3. Contact the Concealed Weapons Permit Unit to request an application packet which contains an application, two fingerprint cards and a return envelope. We provide individual application packets, if you need more than one, please let us know. When requesting an application packet for a New Permit, please email your request, include your mailing address in the following format:Your Name
    PO Box 1234
    Anytown, AZ 80808ORYour Name
    1234 Weapons Street
    Anytown, IL 80808

E-mail

Click here to contact the Concealed Weapons Permit Unit by e-mail.

  1. Using the return envelope provided, send the completed application, adequate documentation which demonstrates firearms safety competence, two complete sets of fingerprints, the appropriate fee in the form of a money order, cashier’s or certified check; payable to the AZ DPS to the CWPU. For a current list of fees click here. Fees are non-refundable.

NOTE: You must utilize the “Applicant” fingerprint cards provided by the Department. Some police agencies provide fingerprinting services for a small fee (DPS does not). Call your local police agencies for inquiries. Regardless of who completes the fingerprinting process for you, the prints must be clear, distinct and classifiable. Do not place tape over the top of the prints!

To request an application package, call (800) 256-6280

Or Mail:

Concealed Weapons Permit Unit
P.O. Box 6488
Phoenix, Arizona 85005

Or follow this link to email;

https://www.azdps.gov/About/Contacts/Email/?c=CCW

***YOU MUST also send a copy of your ALLCCW.com Arizona CCW training completion certificate in with your application

Applying for your Florida license

Florida CCW Application

***You must first have taken your training for Florida and received a certificate of completion by a qualified instructor***

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issues licenses to eligible Florida residents and non-residents, permitting them to carry a concealed weapon or firearm. You will be required to submit fingerprints, a passport type photo and the requisite fee of $112.00

Fees must be paid with a check or money order made payable to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

You must be at least 21 years of age unless you are a service member, as defined in Section 250.01, Florida Statutes, or you are a veteran of the United States Armed Forces who was discharged under honorable conditions.

• You must meet the CITIZENSHIP and RESIDENCY requirements set forth in the law. See the instructions for Question 5 in Section II below for further details.

• You must be able to provide a CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION from a firearms training class or other acceptable training document that evidences your competency with a firearm.

• You must not have a DISQUALIFYING CRIMINAL RECORD or other condition that would make you ineligible for licensure.

To request an application package, call (850) 245-5691

Select prompt 1, then 2 in order to request an application package

Or follow this link to download the application and request fingerprint cards;

https://licensing.freshfromflorida.com/forms/FormsRequest790.aspx

For further information go to: https://licensing.freshfromflorida.com/forms/ConcealedWeaponLicenseApplicationInstructions.pdf

 

***YOU MUST also send a copy of your Florida CCW training completion certificate in with your application

Illinois State Police

Can I get my fingerprints now?

The ISP says information regarding the fingerprinting process will be added to their website at the time applications are made available.

Do I have to take any additional training when my license expires?

Yes. You will be required to take an additional 3 hours of training every time you renew.

How long will my license be good for?

Your license will be good for 5 years.

Is anyone exempt from taking the training?

Yes. A person who has:

  • Qualified to carry a firearm as an active law enforcement officer
  • Certified as a firearms instructor by the Act or by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board
  • Completed the required training and has been issued a firearm control card (FCC or Tan Card) by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. The applicant must submit verification that the training requirements for the FCC Card have been completed.
What are the qualifications for an Illinois Concealed Carry license?

– Be at least 21 years of age
– Have a valid FOID card (if an Illinois resident)
– 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
  • Two 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 offense 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
– Submit a completed Concealed Carry License application
– Successfully complete 16 hours of firearms training, including classroom and range instruction.

What does it cost to renew my license when it expires?

– Illinois residents $150
– Out of state residents $300

What is the cost of an Illinois Concealed Carry License?

– Illinois residents $150
– Out of state residents $300

When can I apply for my Illinois Concealed Carry license?

The Illinois State Police is supposed to have the application available to download on January 5th 2014.

Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA)
What other states honor your Illinois Concealed Carry license

These other states will honor your Illinois (and non-resident Arizona, Florida, Utah) License(s)

State Illinois Arizona Florida Utah
Alabama x x x x
Alaska x x x x Updated 09/26/2014
Arizona x x x x
Arkansas x x x x Please realize this list can change at any time, ensure you re-verify before you travel.
California
Colorado USA Carry has an interactive site to verify
Connecticut
Delaware x x x
Florida x There are several smart phone apps that will give you the appropriate info right on your phone, a good one is “CCW of the 50 States”
Georgia x x x
Hawaii There are also books available, one is “Handgun Laws of the 50 States”   which is available online and in some retail locations.
Idaho x x x x
Illinois x
Indiana x x x x
Iowa x x x x
Kansas x x x x
Kentucky x x x x
Louisiana x x x
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts Reciprocity Combinations
Michigan x
Minnesota x Illinois = 23 states
Mississippi x x x x IL gives you, AL, AK, AZ, AR, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NC, NV, OK, SD, TN, UT, VT, WI
Missouri x x x x
Montana x x x x
Nebraska x x x x
Nevada x Illinois & Arizona = 33 states
New Hampshire AZ adds DE, GA, LA, NM, ND, OH, TX, VA, WV, WY
New Jersey
New Mexico x x
New York Illinois & Florida = 34 states
North Carolina x x x x FL adds DE, FL, GA, LA, NM, ND, OH, TX, VA, WV, WY
North Dakota x x x
Ohio x x x
Oklahoma x x x x Illinois & Utah = 34 states
Oregon UT adds DE, GA, LA, MN, ND, OH, TX, VA, WA, WV, WY
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina Illinois, Florida & Utah = 36 states
South Dakota x x x x FL & UT add DE, FL, GA, LA, MN, NM, ND, OH, TX, VA, WA, WV, WY
Tennessee x x x x
Texas x x x
Utah x x x x Illinois, Florida & Arizona = 34 states
Vermont x x x x FL & AZ add DE, FL, GA, LA, NM, ND, OH, TX, VA, WV, WY
Virginia x x x
Washington x
West Virginia x x x
Wisconsin x x x
Wyoming x x x
Total 23 30 30 31

Prior Credit

I am active duty military, honorably discharged or retired, am I required to take the training?

Yes. Active, retired, and honorably discharged members of the United States Armed Forces shall be considered to have completed 8 hours of the 16 hour training requirement. You must provide a copy of your DD-214 at the beginning of the class.

What counts as prior credit towards the 16 hour requirement?

See all acceptable credits here.