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(225 ILCS 447/10-5)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2029)
Requirement of license.
(a) It is unlawful for a person to act as or provide the functions of a
private detective, private security contractor, private alarm contractor, fingerprint vendor, or
locksmith or to advertise or to assume to act as any one of these, or to use
these or any other title implying that the person is engaged in any of these
activities unless licensed as such by the Department. An individual or sole
proprietor who does not employ any employees other than himself or herself may
operate under a "doing business as" or assumed name certification without
having to obtain an agency license, so long as the assumed name is first
registered with the Department.
(b) It is unlawful for a person, firm, corporation, or other legal entity
to act as an agency licensed under this Act, to advertise, or to assume to
act as a licensed agency or to use a title implying that the person, firm, or
other entity is engaged in the practice as a private detective agency, private
security contractor agency, private alarm contractor agency, fingerprint vendor agency, or locksmith
agency unless licensed by the Department.
(c) No agency shall operate a branch office without first applying for and
receiving a branch office license for each location.
(d) It is unlawful for a person to operate live scan fingerprint equipment or other equipment designed to obtain fingerprint images for the purpose of providing fingerprint images and associated demographic data to the Illinois State Police, unless the person has successfully completed a fingerprint training course conducted or authorized by the Illinois State Police and is licensed as a fingerprint vendor.
(e) No person shall operate a canine training facility unless licensed as a private detective
agency or private security contractor agency under this Act, and no person shall act as a canine trainer unless the person is licensed as a private detective or private security contractor or is a registered employee of a private detective agency or private security contractor agency approved by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 102-538, eff. 8-20-21; 103-309, eff. 1-1-24