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    Applications and Licenses

    To Obtain or Renew a Pyrotechnic license click here(Login/Registration is needed)

    Approved and Prohibited Fireworks

    Sky Lantern Notice

    Notice to Registrant Consumer Distributor Retailer

    Fireworks - Notice to Municipalities

    Fireworks - Notice to Law Enforcement Agencies

    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, 2021 through July 4, 2021 will be processed prior to July 4, 2021.  No temporary authorizations to act as a pyrotechnic Distributor or pyrotechnic Operator will be issued during the period of June 15 – July 4, 2021.  Applications received prior to June 15, 2021 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 2021 Fireworks season, please note you must apply prior to June 15, 2021.  No applications will be processed after that date.  NO EXCEPTIONS

    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 Illinois hospitals report each fireworks injury presented to emergency rooms 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 Form
    Summaries of Fireworks Injuries in Illinois


    Fireworks Display Information


    Upcoming Pyrotechnic Training & Meetings 

    Pyrotechnic Examination Information

    • Pyrotechnic Flame Effects References
    • Proximate Audience References

    Please contact the Division of Fire Prevention at with the requested level of examination and the following personal information:

    •  Name
    •  Address
    • Driver's License Number
    • Telephone Number
    • E-Mail Address
    • Name of Exam

    There will be a fee of $25.00 to take the exam.

    Pearson Vue will email the Candidate with instructions for registration and scheduling the exam.

    The Candidate will be able to personally schedule and pay the $25.00 fee for their test on the Pearson Vue site:

    All exam retakes at a Pearson VUE test center will be $25.00, payable by the candidate.

    • Candidate will select a date and time for exam.
    • Candidate will pay the $25.00 fee for the exam.
    • Web scheduling is available 24/7.
    • Pearson Vue will email confirmations to candidates when they schedule, cancel, or reschedule an exam.
    • Pearson Vue website address is

    Two (2) forms of identification are required at the testing center. One government issued, photo- and signature-bearing ID (passport, driver's license, etc.) and one alternate ID (for example, a credit card).

    The Candidate will receive immediate exam results of pass/fail.

    Candidates are provided with one exam authorization. Individuals must be reauthorized by the Pyrotechnic Licensing Division for each exam retake attempt, if they fail the exam (this is the current Request for Exam process). Candidates may cancel or reschedule their exam no later than 48 hours before their reservation date and time or else they will forfeit their test fee.

    Pyrotechnic Exam Content (what to study)

    The examination content is established by Illinois Administrative Rules:

    Part 230.120 Written Examination for Proximate Audience License and/or Flame Effect License

    a)         An applicant for a proximate audience or flame effect license must have completed a written examination administered by OSFM and achieved a passing score of at least 80%.

    b)         The written examination is designed to demonstrate the applicant's knowledge of the Act*, this Part**, and NFPA 1126 and/or NFPA 160 standards relating to safe practices for the storage, use, handling, discharge and display of fireworks and flame effects

    c)          The examinations are administered by OSFM at times scheduled during each calendar year. Contact OSFM to obtain the examination schedule. There is a $25 fee for taking the examination.

    d)         Persons failing to achieve a passing score of at least 80% are eligible to retake the examination after 30 days.


    *       "The Act" refers to the Pyrotechnic Distributor and Operator Licensing Act (225 ILCS 217):

    **     "This Part" refers to Title 41, Ch. I, Part 230 - Pyrotechnic Distributor and Operator Licensing Rules:

    Referenced NFPA Standards include:

    NFPA 160, Standard for the Use of Flame Effects Before an Audience (2006)

    NFPA 1126, Standard for the Use of Pyrotechnics Before a Proximate Audience (2006)


    Registered Pyrotechnic Entities 

    List of Authorized Pyrotechnic Distributors and Operators

    List of Registered Consumer Retailers

    List of Registered Pyrotechnic Assistants

    List of Disciplinary Actions

    2020 Mandatory Reporting for Pyrotechnic Licensing  


    Pyrotechnic / Fireworks  Complaint Form

    To be used by any citizen that witnesses a potential violation of either the Pyrotechnic Distributor and Operator Licensing Act  OR the Fireworks Use Act

    Complaint Form



    Flame Effects Used in Education, Research, and Product Development

    Heat Resistant Truss Support Requirements

    Hybrid Pyro Effects Non-Listed Devices in Outdoor Professional Displays

    Licensing Mechanical Pyrotechnic Fountains



    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.