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PERC Card

A PERC Card, or Permanent Employee Registration Card, is a card that tells employers in the State of Illinois that you’ve passed certain background checks through a fingerprint submission process. You will not be able to apply for a security guard position until you get one.

Illinois PERC Card Information Guide

State of Illinois | Department of Financial & Professional Regulation | (129) Permanent Employee Registration Card (PERC) New Application Checklist

To apply for your PERC Card, you can visit the PERC Card application page on the Division of Professional Regulation website.

Please note that once you obtain your PERC Card, it does not guarantee that you will be hired – it only allows you to start looking for an employer to hire you.

The application instructions and requirements are outlined for you below, although they are also located on the PERC pdf:

  • The application must be at least 18 years of age to apply (for an unarmed security guard)
  • You must also provide your social security number.
  • You will be required to pay a fee of $55.00 (payable to the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation).
  • You must attach a photo (instructions on the PDF)
  • You must submit the appropriate security clearance documents.

The security clearance documents are obtained by completing the fingerprinting scan process. Again, this is so the state can run a background check for you to make sure you have not committed any felonies and are allowed to work as a security guard.

You must go through a Livescan Certified Vendor, which there is a list of in the PERC application.

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The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“IDFPR”) manages PERC card issuance for the state.

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