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For more information about the program,  email the Division of Fire Prevention.

Licensing and Online Payments


The Fire Marshal's eCommerce portal is intended to streamline licensing approval, payments of fees, mailing, and processing. All applicants are encouraged to register with and use our eCommerce program. Here's a list of all you can do with eCommerce:


  • Production Company License
  • Pyrotechnic Distributor License
  • Pyrotechnic Employee License
  • Pyrotechnic Consumer Distributor Retailer License
  • Limited Pyrotechnic Distributor Governmental License


Click here to log in or register for eCommerce


The State of Illinois can accept Visa, MasterCard, DISCOVER and American Express.

Notice of Training Opportunity






AHJ Qualification to issue permits for Indoor Pyrotechnic Displays


Pursuant to Part 235.60 (d), Each local governmental authority that intends to approve permits for indoor special effects displays, indoor flame effect displays or pyrotechnic services must have at least one inspector who is knowledgeable about NFPA 140, 160 and 1126 and who has received training from OSFM in the safe setup of special fireworks and/or flame effect devices and the inspection of those displays.


No immediate upcoming training opportunities have been announced. Check back for future updates.





  Notice to Registrant Consumer Distributor Retailer [PDF 20 Kb]


 Notice to Licensee Pyrotechnic Distributors, Production Companies, Limited Distributors, and Operators


Pyrotechnic Distributors and Operator Licensing


No Pyrotechnic Distributor or Pyrotechnic Operator applications received from an applicant for the first time during the period of June 15, 2017 through July 4, 2017 will be processed prior to July 4, 2017.  No temporary authorizations to act as a pyrotechnic Distributor or pyrotechnic Operator will be issued during the period of June 15 – July 4, 2017.  Applications received prior to June 15, 2017 and renewal applications will be processed during this period in the normal course of business and in the order in which they are received.  NO EXCEPTIONS




Consumer Fireworks Distributors


If you are applying to register as a Consumer Distributor for the 2017 Fireworks season, please note you must apply prior to June 15, 2017.  No applications will be processed after that date.  NO EXCEPTIONS


  Fireworks - Notice to Municipalities [PDF, 358Kb]


  Fireworks - Notice to Law Enforcement Agencies [PDF, 144Kb]




Fireworks Hospital Data Sheet


The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) continues to be concerned about injuries caused each year by consumer fireworks. In the past, Illinois hospitals have provided valuable information concerning fireworks injuries that have occurred during the July holiday season.


OSFM is interested in determining the use patterns and subsequent injuries that may result from fireworks. We are asking for your cooperation in helping to identify fireworks injuries that occur during the upcoming holiday period. Below is a link to the Fireworks Hospital Data Sheet which is now available for electronic submission. We ask that you report each fireworks injury presented to your emergency room between June 23rd and July 20th. Please have these submitted by August 15th so that your hospital may be included in our statistical report.


Thank you for your concern and continued cooperation with our efforts to make the July holiday seasons as safe as possible.


  Hospital Fireworks Survey [PDF, 441Kb]


Testing Information

To schedule an exam:

  1. Review the available dates and locations in the Available Testing Dates and Sites below
  2. Send an email to
  3. Include a legible copy of your driver’s license; AND, a primary testing date and location, as well as a secondary date and location


  Available Testing Dates and Sites


Pyrotechnic Authorized Distributors and Operators

  List of Pyrotechnic Authorized Distributors and Operators

Registered Consumer Retailers

  List of Registered Consumer Retailers

Registered Pyrotechnic Assistants

  List of Registered Pyrotechnic Assistants


A display permit must be obtained from local authorities for all firework displays, except no permit shall be required for supervised public displays by State or County fair associations.


Pyrotechnic Distributor and Operator Licensing Act and Fireworks Use Act Complaint Form

  Pyrotechnic Distributor and Operator Licensing Act and Fireworks Use Act Complaint Form [PDF, 179Kb]

Approved and Prohibited Fireworks

  Approved and Prohibited Fireworks [PDF, 26Kb]

Additional Pyrotechnic Information


  Applications - Online and Paper



  Livescan Fingerprint Vendor Information




  Statutes and Rules