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Illinois requires security guards to obtain a Permanent Employee Registration Card (PERC). To apply for a PERC Card you must fill out an application, complete a security clearance and submit your fingerprints electronically. If you haven’t already applied for a PERC Card, employers may assist you in the process. To check the status of your application you must contact the issuing agency – the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) – by phone or in writing.
Call the IDFPR’s Division of Professional Regulation to check on your application status. The call center staff should be able to confirm receipt of your application and provide a status update.
Send a written inquiry regarding the PERC Card application status to the IDFPR’s Division of Professional Regulation at 320 West Washington, Springfield, IL. Include your name, address, Social Security number and phone number with your inquiry for retrieval of your application.
Determine when you submitted your PERC application if you started the application within the past three years but didn’t complete the process. In this case, call the Division of Professional Regulation to determine what is left to complete.
Contact the Division of Professional Regulation if you had a card in the past and reapplied. You may need to renew your PERC Card rather than reapply. The call center representatives can provide information about renewals if reapplying is not required.
Go to the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation website for more information about the PERC Card. Although you cannot directly check your application status, you can check your fingerprint results and job eligibility status.
Francine Richards is a licensed multi-state insurance agent with years of human resources and insurance industry experience. Her work has appeared on Blue Cross Blue Shield websites and newsletters, the Houston Chronicle and The Nest. Richards holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Maryland.