Licensure

The licensure process in Illinois is designed to ensure all professionals comply with statutory and rule requirements specific to their chosen profession. Professionals seeking to work in Illinois must first receive, and properly complete an application for licensure. Applications differ depending on the profession and the method of applying, including examination, endorsement from another state or acceptance of an examination taken in another state. Specific licensure requirements are contained in the appropriate regulatory statute and administrative rules for that profession. Copies of the regulatory statutes may be downloaded from our web site.

List of licensure methods and definitions

Examination

Applicants applying through examination are screened eligibility based on a combination of factors including: education; experience; of the applicant. Candidates that meet these initial requirements are eligible to complete the proper professional examination. The Department’s profession-specific examinations are held at regular intervals throughout the year. Specific test dates are contained in the application package provided by the Department. Application packets can be downloaded on each profession’s specific licensing site.
To find your profession's specific application materials please click one of the following links:

IDFPR New Applications
IDFPR Regulated Professions

Endorsement

Applicants licensed in another state or jurisdiction may apply for an Illinois license through the licensure endorsement process. Depending on the specific requirement of the profession’s statute and administrative rules, endorsement applicants may not be required to pass an examination in Illinois. If all requirements set forth in the profession’s statute and rules are met, items such as proof of education, testing, and experience will be accepted. Application packets can be downloaded on each profession’s specific licensing site.
To find your profession's specific application materials please click one of the following links:

IDFPR New Applications
IDFPR Regulated Professions