Illinois Business Licensing Information for Contractors


Illinois independent contractors

Contractor’s License Requirements in Illinois

In the state of Illinois, general contractors are licensed on a city and county level. For information on the requirements, contact the jurisdiction responsible. Currently, the state only offers licenses to roofing contractors.

Illinois Business Licensing for Electricians

Electrical Contractor and Electrician Licenses in Illinois

In the state of Illinois, general contractors are licensed on a city and county level. For information on the requirements, contact the jurisdiction responsible. Currently, the state only offers licenses to roofing contractors.

Business Licensing Information for Plumbers in Illinois

In the state of Illinois, general contractors are licensed on a city and county level. For information on the requirements, contact the jurisdiction responsible. Currently, the state only offers licenses to roofing contractors.

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Additional Business Licensing for All Businesses in Illinois

Business and Occupational Licenses

Information for business and occupational licenses along with certifications in the state of Illinois can be obtained from the state’s website dedicated to registration, licenses and permits.

Illinois Business Tax Information

Business Tax Registration

Any business operating in the state of Illinois must register for a tax identification number, licenses or applicable permits, sales tax accounts and unemployment insurance tax using the website for the state’s Department of Revenue.

The Department of Revenue’s website can also be used for general tax information and forms related to taxes.

Insurance Requirements for Businesses in Illinois

Unemployment Tax Requirements

Unemployment insurance is required to be paid by every business operating in Illinois. This process is managed and regulated by the state’s Department of Employment Security.

Employers can register for a new Unemployment Insurance account number, respond to claims and learn due dates for filing.

Workers’ Compensation Requirements

With very few exceptions, employers in the state of Illinois who employ more than one worker must get and maintain Workers’ Compensation Insurance. Using the Workers’ Compensation Insurance portion of the state’s website, you can obtain coverage, report your intent to self-insure and verify that a company has the necessary insurance to meet the state’s requirements.

Under the law, the premiums paid for this type of insurance coverage is always paid for by the employer and should never be deducted from the employee’s earnings.

Insurance compliance information can be found using the linked brochure.

New Hire Reporting Requirements for Businesses in Illinois

Reporting New Hires

Under federal law, Illinois employers are required to report newly hired employees within 20 days of their hire date. The following information can be reported using the State Directory of New Hires:

  • Employee’s name
  • Address
  • Social Security Number
  • Date of birth
  • Hire date
  • Employer’s name
  • Payroll address
  • Federal identification number (FEIN)

Mailed forms can be sent to:

Illinois New Hire Directory

P.O. Box 19473

Springfield, IL 62794-9473

Forms can also be faxed to 1-217-557-1947.

Licensed Contractors in Idaho

Under the website for the Department of Financial & Professional Regulation, roofing contractors can be searched online to verify licensure through the state.