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How to Fast Track Your Illinois VGT License?

Sep 2, 2019 | Blog Posts, Illinois VGT License

As with any other business, getting an Illinois VGT license off the ground requires an investment. But when you’re starting with little more than a dream to get into this new and growing industry, the investment involved is not only one of the funds but also of time and education. You’ll be learning about the ins and outs of video gaming as you’re jumping through the regulatory hoops, and also doing the typical tasks associated with starting a new business from finding the best possible location to hiring your staff.

To help you navigate this process, this article will help you tap into its internal experts to put together a guide that lays out many of the key steps involved in creating a successful video gaming business from the ground up.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you’re interested in starting a new business for the purpose of video gaming, we recommend that you do your own research into these matters and potentially hire legal counsel or obtain other advice/guidance in going through this process. Finally, this article is not intended to convey legal advice or to make any guarantees about the Illinois VGT license.

Look For A Viable Place To Start

As you’re looking at potential locations to purchase or lease for your new business venture, it is critical to contact the local regulatory authorities to find out if they allow video gaming in the municipality, and whether they have on-premise liquor or pouring licenses and video gaming licenses available. You must have a license that permits you to pour or serve alcohol for consumption on your premises in order to qualify for a video gaming license.  Some municipalities and counties have strict allotments of the licenses they can issue in each of these categories. If they’ve already reached the limit for either, it might be impossible to start a video gaming business in your area, meaning you might have to broaden your search for locations.

Also, while this might not be the case for every municipality or other local government entity, there’s a decent chance they’ll inquire about the physical location of your new business. You should probably have somewhere in mind when you go to the city clerk.

Look For A Video Gaming Terminal (VGT) Operator

Once you’ve determined that local liquor and local video gaming licenses are available and you’ll qualify for both, you can begin exploring terminal operators. At the most basic level, these are companies that provide video gaming terminals and other equipment to licensed establishments. But some also offer a variety of ancillary services, from assisting with the process of getting your liquor license to helping you figure out the optimal location for your business, and even to helping you get your Illinois VGT license fast.


Video Gaming is regulated by the Illinois Gaming Board. Licensed establishments can have up to 5 video gaming terminals at their locations.

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