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