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How to apply and become operational

Verify Address (Step 1/10)

  • Make sure you have a 911 address (Contact your county for more information)
  • We need a Facility Address
  • We need a Mailing Address
  • We need the name and address of the registered agent recorded with the Illinois Secretary of State
  • Longitude/Latitude (GIS Coordinates)
  • Find Registered Agent with the Illinois Secretary of State

Fill out Application in NIC Licensing Solution (Step 2/10)

  • Applications are only available during an open application phase
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Social equity or Not (documentation and payment)

IDOA Reviews Scoring (Step 3/10)

  • Results will be provided for awardees and non-awardees via email

If you received a notice of award:

  • Timeline for payment (See your specific award notice)

Vehicle Registration (Step 4/10)

  • Vehicle make, model, and year
  • Vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • License plate number
  • Insurance policy number
  • Upload proof of insurance
  • Print out vehicle registration certificate, a copy of which must be placed in each registered vehicle
  • Complete transporter vehicle registration form
  • Email request for vehicle registration certificate

Pre-Construction Blueprint Review (Step 5/10)

  • At this stage, full construction blueprints should be made available to IDOA
  • Security plans must be reviewed and improved by Illinois State Police and Cannabis Control Office

Construction Check Points Review (Step 6/10)

  • Need to be compliant with 2018 Energy Code and meet the environmental requirements in rule
  • Once plans are approved, the Division of Cannabis Regulation will issue construction permit

Pre-Operations Inspection Verification (Step 7/10)

Start Credentialing Employees/Owners in NLS (8/10)

Agents will need to upload the following:

  • Digital photo for credential
  • A copy of the applicant's valid driver's license or State issued ID card
  • A document verifying the applicant's place of residency
  • A copy of the applicant's social security card
  • Fingerprints collected by a livescan fingerprint vendor within 30 days of application

The application fee is $100

IDOA reviews Employee Credential Application (9/10)

  • IDOA will review within 30 days after receipt

Transport Vehicle CRTA Compliance Check (10/10)

  • IDOA (Illinois Department of Agriculture)
  • ISP (Illinois State Police)

Vehicle compliance checks are scheduled regualry, IDOA will contact you with an invitiation for the next scheduled event

Contact IDOA to schedule an appointment if one is needed immediatly at

If you have any further questions please contact us.