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Illinois Liquor Control Commission - Extension of License Renewal Dates

Illinois Liquor Control Commission

COVID-19 Related Action

Guidance on Expiring State Licenses and License Renewal Dues

AMENDED March 8, 2021


Extension of License Renewal Dates


Liquor licenses expire on the last day of each month.  Due to the hardships on liquor license holders as a result of the recent COVID-19 mitigation actions, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission extends the renewal dates of State liquor licenses and defers the collection of license renewal fees in the following manner:


Liquor License Renewals


  1. All licenses with a renewal date of March 31, 2020 or after are automatically extended to June 30, 2021 (This action supersedes the Commission’s prior license extension action through March  31, 2021).
  2. No late fees will be charged until after July 1, 2021.
  3. License renewal fees are due at the time of renewal.  This extension does not change the fee for renewal nor prorate any fees paid for the renewal of a license, nor change the future renewal date of a license.
  4. License fees are not refundable.


IMPORTANT:  License holders do not have to wait to renew licenses.  If a license holder chooses to renew a license when it originally expires or at any time between original license expiration and June 30, 2021, the license holder may renew a license online at  License holders are encouraged to renew licenses prior to June 30, 2021, in order to avoid administrative delays at the end of the second quarter of 2021.  Do not wait until the day of license expiration to renew your license. 


IMPORTANT:  License holders may not receive an additional notice to renew licenses.  Even if license holders do not receive an additional renewal notice, all license holders are required to renew licenses and pay license fees no later than June 30, 2021.


NOTE 1:  The dates cited above are subject to be extended if Executive Orders extend the prohibition on indoor dining and drinking. 


NOTE 2:  Licensees Conducting Retail Sales – For all licensees that sell at retail, provide proof of a local liquor license (in addition to other required documents).  Proof of the local license can be:


  • A copy of the current unexpired license OR
  • A copy of the written authorization of the local liquor control commission to extend the local license expiration date.

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