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Illinois Pyrotechnics Licensing

Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal

The Illinois Pyrotechnic Use Act (425 ILCS 35/) requires a State and FBI fingerprint-based background check as part of the licensing process. (For more information, see the resource links below.)

Accurate Biometrics is a trusted live scan fingerprint provider with over 20 years of experience. We offer fast, convenient walk-in service at over 40 locations in Illinois. Let us help you navigate the background check process. If you have any questions, please email us at info@accuratebiometrics.com.

Note: In order to work with pyrotechnics, an Explosives License from the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources must first be obtained. Follow the link for explosives licensing here: (link for new explosives licensing page)

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

  1. Fill out Form: Download the Fingerprint Authorization Form. Complete the form with your personal information.

  2. Find the closest Accurate Biometrics fingerprint location and its hours of operation by clicking here. No appointments necessary at any of our sites!

  3. 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).

  4. 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.

  5. Your results will be sent from the Illinois State Police to the State Fire Marshal.

*Price: The cost of fingerprinting is $67.00. We do not accept cash or personal checks. All Major credit cards and money orders are accepted. Click here to view complete list of payment terms.*

Special user agreement pricing available. Please contact Account Manager Julie Mester at 773-685-5832 or jmester@accuratebiometrics.com to get details on saving money for your agency or organization.

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