September 19, 2015

Illinois Concealed Carry Law

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Illinois does issue carry permit/licenses to residents of Illinois through the Illinois State Police. Illinois does not recognize the Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License in lieu of their permits.

However, by getting the State of Virginia’s Non Resident Carry Permit/License, you can  INCREASE the number of states you CAN carry in.


Can I Apply For An Illinois Carry Permit/License As A Non-Resident Of Illinois?

Yes, but only if you hold a carry permit/license already in your state of residence that has a carry permit/license that meets the definition of being substantially similar to the Illinois carry permit/license.


Does This Course Qualify Me To Obtain A Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License?

Yes. You will NOT be applying for your permit in the state you reside.  This is for you to obtain a Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License which is accepted in many states as a valid concealed carry permit, but NOT in illinois.  This is good for recoprocity to other states only for Illinois residents and non-residents.


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How Long Is The Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License Good For?

Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License are valid for 5 years.  We suggest you apply at least 90 days before the expiration of your permit to be sure you have plenty of time to submit it to the Virginia State Police to be renewed to allow enough time for you to get your new permit before the old one expires.


How to apply for your Virginia Non-Resident Permit:
To apply for your VA non-resident Permit visit:

You can also go to and on the left side of the page click the link for “firearms/concealed handguns” and then click on “Nonresident Concealed Handgun Permits” link.

This will bring you to a page that details the application process. You can begin the application process immediately by downloading their checklist of all the documents that need to be prepared to make your application.

This webpage will give you everything you need to apply.


To obtain your Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License, you will need to submit an additional $100 made payable to the Virginia Police.

This class/training is only valid for one year before you apply for your permit.  If you do not apply within one year, your training will not be valid and you will have to retake training per state law.

Gun Community Resources

How Do I Apply For My Illinois Concealed Carry Permit/License?

Residents of Illinois can apply for their Illinois carry permit/license with the Illinois State Police. Contact your local State Police Department for specific application instructions.

I Carry

ICarry is an organization in Illinois and seeking to support firearms owners “in responsible and lawful exercise of their rights.”

Northern Illinois Shooter’s Association

A member of the United States Practical Shooting Association, the Northern Illinois Shooter’s Association holds regular practical shooting events. It’s certainly worth checking out.

Siddens Indoor Gun Range and Gun Shop

Located in Rochester, Siddens Indoor Range offers regular training and events, a 75 foot indoor range, and a variety of leagues and classes.