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Division of Professional Regulation

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Q. What do I have to do to become licensed in Illinois?
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To begin the licensure application process you must submit the completed application form, required supporting documents and appropriate fee. The Acts and Rules for each profession contain detailed licensure requirements and can be accessed by clicking on the Acts and Rules area located on the right side of the home page. Application packet instructions also contain specific requirements for obtaining an Illinois license and may be accessed by clicking on Applications/Forms.

Q. How do I request an application?
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You may download and print an application packet from the Applications/Forms section of this web site. To access the application packets, click on the appropriate profession name from the alphabetical listing of professions.

Q. I am moving (or have moved) to another state. How do I request a certification of my Illinois license?
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Certifications of licensure include the licensee name, license number and status, license issuance date and expiration date, method of licensure and disciplinary action, if applicable. The certifications include the Department seal and official signature. Certifications must be requested by mail. Detailed certification information is available by clicking on Request a Certification or Verification.

Q. How do I check the status of someone that is licensed in Illinois or verify their license?
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You may verify the status of Illinois licensees on the License Lookup page of this web site. The License Lookup printout is the format now used to respond to requests for license verifications. License Look-up information includes the licensee’s name, license number and status, city and state, original date of licensure, license expiration date and disciplinary action indicator. The Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the National Committee for Quality Assurance has approved License Lookup as a primary source for verification. Additional information is available by clicking on Request a Certification or Verification.

Q. How do I renew my license and when should I expect a renewal notice?
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A renewal notice will be sent to you in the mail approximately two months prior to the expiration date of your license. It is important to always keep your address updated with the Department so you will receive your renewal notice. If your profession is in renewal and you did not receive a notice, you may print a duplicate renewal form from this web site. It is your responsibility to renew your license even if you do not receive a renewal notice in the mail. If you did not receive your renewal form in the mail, you may print a duplicate renewal form from this web site

Q. What is the difference in a non-renewed and inactive license?
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A non-renewed license is a license that has not been renewed or placed on inactive status. An inactive license is a license that has been placed on inactive status by the licensee, usually at renewal time. Typically, you do not have to pay lapsed renewal fees if your license is placed on inactive status. If a license is non-renewed or inactive for five years or longer, it may be necessary to submit a restoration application and additional documentation; depending upon the profession. You may not practice in Illinois when your license is non-renewed or inactive.

Q. How do I change my address?
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If you are licensed by the Department, you may change your address online by clicking on Change your address online, or submit your written request for address change via fax 217/557-8073 or by mail to:

Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Division of Professional Regulation - LMU1
320 West Washington St., 3rd Floor
Springfield, Illinois 62786


Illinois law requires each licensee of the Department of Professional Regulation to keep the agency notified of his/her current address. If you have applied for a license and the license has not yet been issued, please fax your address change to 217/782-7645.

Q. How do I notify the Department if I should have a name change?
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You must submit proof of legal name change in writing to this Department. Proof may be in the form of a copy of a marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court documents. Your request should include your name, license or social security number and your current mailing address. You may submit your name change information by mail to:

Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Division of Professional Regulation - LMU2
320 W. Washington St., 3rd Floor
Springfield, Illinois 62786


or by fax to 217/557-8073. If you request a corrected license printed with your name change you must request the change by mail and submit a check or money order payable to the Department for the appropriate duplicate license fee. Duplicate license fees vary by profession and are listed in the following duplicate license question. Additionally, you must return your original license prior to a new license being printed. If you are not able to return the original license please give a detailed explanation.

Q. I lost my license. How do I request a duplicate license?
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Your request must be submitted in writing and include your name, profession, license number or social security number, current mailing address, reason for requesting the duplicate license and the appropriate fee in the form of check or money order payable to the Department of Professional Regulation. Please submit the above to:

Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Division of Professional Regulation – CMU2
320 W. Washington St., 3rd Floor
Springfield, Illinois 62786


All Duplicate Licenses (excluding the professions listed below) $20

Profession
Fee
Real Estate Professions, including Appraisers, Auctioneers, and Home Inspectors
$25
Limited Liability Companies
No fee
Medical Corporation
No fee
Professional Service Corporation
No fee
Controlled Substance
No fee

Q. I took the exam several weeks ago. When will I receive my results?
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If you have taken an examination administered in Illinois by the Department or its designated testing agent, your results will be mailed to the address on your examination application as soon as they are received at this Department from the testing service or national board. If you have moved since you have taken the exam, please contact Continental Testing Service at 708/354-9911 and notify them of your correct address.

Q. How do I file a complaint against a professional licensed by this Department?
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Complaints may be filed by contacting the Complaint Intake Unit at File a complaint by e-mail or in writing to:

Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Division of Professional Regulation
Complaint Intake Unit
100 West Randolph Street, Suite 9-300
Chicago, Illinois 60601

Phone: 312/814-6910