Explosives Licensing

Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

The Explosives and Aggregate Division (EAD) of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources regulates applications for the licensing of explosives. Licensing requirements for explosives handling and storage fall under the The Illinois Explosives Act. A State and FBI fingerprint-based criminal background history check is required for licensing.

You will be required to attend training and be tested as part of the application process. Questions on Blasting & Explosives testing can be answered by calling the DNR Mines and Minerals Department, 217-782-9976, or visiting their web page:
https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/mines/EAD/Pages/TrainingTesting.aspx

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Note: To work with pyrotechnics such as fireworks, an additional pyrotechnics license must be obtained. Follow the link for pyrotechnics licensing here: (link to new pyrotechnics licensing page here)

For more information, and to get fingerprinted for explosives licensing, follow the steps below:

  1. You must contact the Blasting and Explosives Division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for a class schedule before submitting your fingerprints for this license.

  2. Fill Out Form: Download the Fingerprint Authorization Form. Complete the form with your personal information.

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  4. What to Bring: Bring the completed form, a valid, government issued, picture ID (such as a driver's license, State ID or passport). A receipt will be provided after fingerprinting that includes the name, date and Transaction Control Number (TCN).

  5. A receipt will be provided after fingerprinting that includes the name, date and Transaction Control Number (TCN). The TCN is used for tracking your transaction. Please retain this receipt that includes your TCN number in case there are any follow up questions regarding your fingerprint submission.

  6. Your results will be sent directly from the Illinois State Police to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Office of Mines and Minerals, Blasting and Explosives Division

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Resources

For more information on background check requirements for Illinois explosives licensing, visit the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website.