How is a Bingo license obtained?

Each qualifying organization that wishes to conduct a bingo event must complete an application with the Department. You should allow at least 30 days prior to the event.

To qualify for a license to conduct bingo games, the organization must:

  • be not-for-profit;
  • be a bona fide religious, charitable, labor, fraternal, youth athletic, senior citizens', educational, or veterans' organization in Illinois;
  • have been organized and in existence in Illinois for at least the last five years or affiliated and chartered with a national organization for two years and have had members carrying out the organization's goals during either period;
  • not have any officers, directors, employees, or people participating of the management or operation of bingo who have been convicted of a felony within the last 10 years or who have been convicted of a violation of Article 28 of the Criminal Code of 2012; and
  • not compensate people participating in the management or operations of bingo.

License fees must be paid when the application is filed. To apply for a license, qualifying organizations must file Form RB-3, Bingo Application for License, either electronically through MyTax Illinois or by mail. You must also complete Form RB-40, List of Bingo Workers, and if renewing, Form RB-32, Expenditure of Funds Earned Through Bingo. Keep these forms in your records and make them available to us when we request them.

Note: After your have filed Form RB-3 and you need to add or revise a scheduled event, you must complete Form RCG-1-E, Charitable Games, Bingo, or Pull Tabs Events Updates, 30 days before the event. Mail your completed information to the address on the form.

Providers must file Form RB-30, Provider of Premises License Application either electronically through MyTax Illinois or by mail.

Suppliers must file Form RB-2, Application for Bingo Supplier’s License, either electronically through MyTax Illinois or by mail.

Returns:

  • Taxpayers who hold a regular license must file quarterly on Form RB-1, Bingo Quarterly Tax Return. File your return by the 20th day of the month following the end of the reporting period either electronically through MyTax Illinois or by mail.
  • Taxpayers who hold a limited license must file Form RB-1-L, Limited Bingo Tax Return. File your return within 20 days following the last day of the event either electronically through MyTax Illinois or by mail.
  • Taxpayers who hold a supplier’s license must complete Form RB-41, Bingo Supplier Quarterly Report. Keep it in your records and make it available to us when we request it.

Note: First-time applicants must provide a copy of the organization's bylaws. First-time applicants also must provide a copy of either their constitution, charter, or articles of incorporation. One set of meeting minutes per year from the previous five years, or two years when affiliated and chartered with a national organization, is also required to establish that the organization has been in existence for at least that long.

If you have additional inquiries, you may submit them to the Questions, Comments, or Request form.