Respiratory License Renewal – Illinois

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When does my license expire?

RT licenses expire on October 31 of odd numbered years. However, see the next section…

When can I renew my license?

The holder of a license may renew with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) during the month preceding the expiration date by paying the required fee.

The IDFPR has informed us their website has been undergoing an upgrade, which is why Illinois licensees have been unable to renew their licenses. As soon as the website upgrade had been completed, all their licensees will be notified by email. Search the Respiratory Care Resources and Publications section of their Respiratory Care page for the latest bulletins. We asked if the IDFPR would grant RTs the same extension to 12/31/2021 they gave other professions. They believe it won’t be necessary. You will not be able to work with an expired license, so our guess is they will extend Illinois RTs if the upgrade isn’t completed in time. Make certain you check all your email folders for their notice. You can also search this page for renewal extension deadlines.

How do I renew my license?

See the Resource Links below.

How many CEUs does Illinois require?

Every renewal applicant shall complete 24 hours of continuing education relevant to the practice of respiratory care required during each pre-renewal period. A pre-renewal period is the 24 months preceding October 31 in the year of the renewal. Effective January 1, 2020, the IDFPR requires completion of a 1 hour course on sexual harassment prevention training. This class can be completed online at

Can I get all of my CEUs online?

You can obtain all of your CEUs online. We offer Live courses. See our Discounts page for special offers (including Unlimited CEUs).

Are your courses approved by both the AARC and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR)?

Our courses are approved by the AARC and accepted by the IDFPR.

How much does my renewal cost?

License renewal is $100. An initial license is $120.

Resource Links

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) – Respiratory Care (contact info on bottom of page)

IDFPR Renewal Deadlines (check this page for renewal extension notices)

IDFPR License Search

IDFPR License Application

IDFPR Online License Renewal

Illinois Respiratory Care Practice Act Continuing Education

Illinois Respiratory Care Practice Act

Illinois Respiratory Care Rules

Illinois Society for Respiratory Care

The information contained on this page was as accurate as possible at the time it was researched. It is possible that errors exist or that current license requirements have changed. We encourage corrections and comments and will make modifications accordingly. Neither Respiratory Associates nor any other individual or institution, except the person renewing their license, is responsible or liable for any consequences of its use. You are encouraged to read your state licensure requirements from the primary source, e.g. state website. If any of our CEU courses are rejected by your state licensing authority our sole remedy will be a refund.

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