Brent Fischer, Director | Bruce Rauner, Governor
Out-of-State Trained Reciprocity Process

When an Illinois Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) hires a law enforcement officer who they believe was certified as a full time law enforcement officer (LEO) in another state and wishes to receive a basic training waiver for that officer, the LEA should be aware of the following: 

  • Training waivers for out-of-state full time law enforcement officers are based upon training and Training waivers for out-of-state trained part time officers is not available.

  • The out-of-state basic law enforcement training course must be accepted by the Board as being the equivalent to the Board’s current Basic Law Enforcement training course. In-service training received by the individual, after completion of the basic course, is not acceptable to enhance the mandated basic training.Upon successfully completing the home state basic law enforcement officer training program and field training, the officer must have completed a minimum of 6 months’ experience as a full time law enforcement officer.

  • The officer’s certification from their home state must be current and valid in that state. As part of the waiver process, the Board consults the national decertification database to determine any decertification of the LEO in any state.

  • The Board is required to check the and to confirm their certification status and standing with their “home” state. This process is largely dependent upon the “home” POST agency – can take as little as 2 weeks or up to 6 weeks or possibly longer.  No review of credentials or possible training requirements may be met prior to the LEO’s hire.

  • The Board is not responsible for the hiring agency’s failure to submit supporting documents or the “home” state POST agency for a timely response. Board staff will notify the hiring agency if there is a problem or via letter when the review has been completed.

The hiring agency must first hire the LEO, and submit to the Board, the Form E (Notice of Appointment) either via LEDI or by USPS or other similar mail carrier.

The hiring agency must submit by USPS or other similar mail carriers, the following documents:

  • Either a properly completed paper Form E, or if the agency is using LEDI, a printed copy of the electronic Form E.
  • Request for Training Waiver with proof of training from the home POST agency
  • Release of Information signed by LEO
  • A copy of the LEOs FBI criminal history check (based on the 10-print submission)

Board forms can be found on the Board’s website (www.ptb.illinois.gov) under the Resources/Forms and Information link.  Please submit all documents as one package and submit to ATTN:  Out of State Waivers.  The Board cannot begin the waiver process until these documents are received.

Until the Board can confirm the LEO’s “home” state law enforcement certification, the LEO cannot carry a firearm.  Rather than waiting for the issuance of the conditional waiver, the hiring agency may wish to enroll the LEO in the 40-hour MFT through the local MTU.  Completion of this course will allow the LEO to carry a firearm while in field training and it will supersede the firearms requirement in the conditional training waiver.

Once the proper documents have arrived at the Training Board, the Board will make the necessary inquiries and, if there are no issues in the LEO’s background and certification, the Board will issue a conditional training waiver.  Conditions attached to the training waiver MUST be completed within 6 months from the date on the letter.  Each conditional waiver is specifically designed based upon the qualifications of the officer.  Please read the conditional waiver letter careful and take note of the conditions listed on the letter.

The conditional training waiver issued by the Board may contain, but is not limited to, the following conditions:

  • Law for Police (40-hour course through the MTU or via the on-line course offered by ILETSBEI)
  • 4-hr Firearms course (ONLY through MTU)
  • State equivalency examination

None of these conditions can be met until the Board approves the out-of-state training.  Due to the volume of waiver requests received by the Board, and the fact that we are dependent on responses from other state agencies, please do not ask Board staff to expedite your request.

These conditions cannot be determined by the Board until we have received confirmation of certification and standing from the issuing POST state, the officer has passed both the criminal history check and the National Decertification Index check.  At that time, assuming all is well, the Board will issue a conditional waiver and advise the agency via letter.

Failure to meet any of the conditions as noted within the conditional waiver letter within 6 months will result in the training waiver being denied and the LEO will have to either be forfeited (separated) by the LEA or attend a Basic Law Enforcement academy.          

PLEASE NOTE THAT RECIPROCITY FOR A FEDERAL OFFICER DIFFERS SIGNIFICANTLY AS MANY FEDERAL AGENCIES TRAINING IS SPECIALIZED RELATED TO THE AGENCY AND THE REVIEW OF FEDERAL TRAINING RECORDS CAN TAKE A SIGNIFICANT PERIOD OF TIME.  FOR GUIDANCE RELATED TO HIRING FORMER FEDERAL OFFICERS, PLEASE CONTACT THE TRAINING BOARD.