FOID CARD INFO

Overview Of The FOID Card

Illinois residents are required to have a Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) card to purchase or possess a firearm or ammunition. The cards are issued by the Illinois State Police after they have completed a Federal NICS background check on the applicant. The Illinois Department of Human Services database is also checked by the police to confirm the applicant has not been in a mental institution within the prior five years. The applicant must be at least 18 years old and pass all the listed requirements to qualify for a FOID card. For persons under the age of 21 there are a few additional requirements.

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Recent changes to the law means purchasers are no longer required to produce their FOID card to purchase or possess a firearm or ammunition if they can supply an Illinois license to carry, although they still must have a FOID card issued to them.

Non-Residents - Do They Need a FOID Card?

The law does not require non-residents to have a FOID card provided they have a valid concealed carry permit issued in their home state. The Illinois Supreme Court confirmed this in a 2011 ruling (People v. Holmes).

Non-residents of Illinois are not permitted to obtain a FOID card, however, there are exemptions if the non-resident is employed in Illinois as a security guard, law enforcement officer or by the US military.

History of The FOID Card

The law was introduced in 1968 at the same time the Federal Gun Control Act was enacted. The federal law was mainly in response to high profile killings of political figures in the 1960's.

Over the years the Illinois FOID law has been subject to a number of revisions both increasing and decreasing its authority. The latest bill in 2017 calls for the complete removal of any requirement for a FOID card, however it still has a long way to go to become law.

How To Get a FOID Card

Application Process

Residents of Illinois can apply for a FOID card via an online application or by mail. The online application is probably the easiest. Before beginning the application process you should check the requirements listed below to make sure you meet the qualifying conditions for a FOID card.

Applicants under the age of 21 will need a parents or legal guardians written permission to obtain a FOID card, the applicant must be at least 18 years old.

Requirements

To qualify for a FOID card the applicant must meet the following requirements;

  • Minimum age 18 with parents consent, with no consent the minimum age is 21.
  • No felony convictions in Illinois or other states
  • No domestic violence convictions
  • Not subject of protection order
  • No convictions for assault or battery
  • Have not been a patient at a mental hospital
  • Is not an illegal immigrant
  • Not a fugitive from justice
  • Never renounced US citizenship
  • Have not failed a drug test within the prior year
  • Has not within the prior year used or been addicted to a controlled substance
  • Is not intellectually disabled
  • Has not been dishonorably discharged from the armed forces

Start The Application

Congratulations, if you meet all the above conditions you can now start the application. Next thing you need to do is choose a method of application, online or mail?

Select one of the methods below;

Online FOID Card Application

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The Process

  1. Visit the Illinois State Police website
  2. Click the yellow ENTER button under FOID card
  3. Enter your User ID, Password, Last name and Date of birth.
  4. If you do not have a user name or password you will need to click the Register Now link. You  will need a Illinois state ID card or drivers license as some of the details on these will need to be entered into the registration boxes.
  5. Follow the directions

Step by Step Directions

Follow these step by step directions from the Illinois state police.

Video Overview

FOID Card Application By Mail

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The Process

  1. Call the Illinois State Police at 217 782-7980
  2. A call taker will ask you some questions and complete your FOID card application over the phone.
  3. They will also request payment with a credit card
  4. Once the payment is verified the application will be mailed to you.
  5. When you receive the application you will need to fill in further questions relating to criminal history.
  6. Now attach a passport size photo to the application
  7. Sign the Application
  8. Mail the application back to the Firearms Services Bureau.

FOID Card Address Change

Name or address changes can be made via the Illinois State Police website and following the directions below;

  1. Click on the Firearms Services button under agency features.
  2. Under FOID card click Enter
  3. Select Name/Address change. Note: The address on your current FOID card must match that on your Illinois drivers license or ID card.
  4. A new card with updated address or name will be mailed to you.

By Phone

Alternatively name and address changes can be made by calling 217 782-7980

Fees & Other Info

  • The fee for address or name changes is $5
  • Your current FOID card expiry date and number will remain the same.

FOID Card Replacement

FOID Card Renewal

  • FOID cards are valid for 10 years after which they will need to be renewed.
  • FOID cards can be renewed via online or by calling 217-782-7980
  • For online renewals follow the application process for a FOID card. Then after logging in select the RENEW FOID CARD button.

Fees & Other Info

  • The fee to replace a FOID card is $11,
  • Lost or stolen FOID cards can be reported by logging into the Illinois State Police website or calling 217 782-7980

FOID Card Appeals

Types of FOID Card Appeals

Who you submit your appeal to will depend on the reason your FOID card application was denied. You can appeal to the following authorities;

  • Director of the Illinois State Police
  • Circuit Court in your county of residence
  • Outside Agency

Director of the Illinois State Police

The following list is the type of appeals that can be made to the Director of Illinois State Police. All forms and documentation should be sent to;

Illinois State Police
Firearms Services Bureau
801 South Seventh St. Suite 400-M Attn: Appeals
Springfield, Illinois 62703


Circuit Court

If your application for a FOID card is denied you should receive a denial letter which will indicate if an appeal should be made to the Director of State Police, Circuit Court or another agency.

Non-Illinois Agencies

The state of Illinois has no authority to grant relief for offenses committed in federal or another states jurisdiction. These offenses must be part of a separate appeal process in the correct jurisdiction.

FOID Card Fees

Application ConditionsOriginalRenewalName/Address ChangeReplacement
Individual$11$11$5$11

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Joseph Blackman
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Joseph Blackman

How long does it take to receive it? I’ve had one before and I let it expire for years. I just reapplied 30 days ago.

Ed Sykora
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Ed Sykora

On line my FOID card shows “ACTIVE” as of the end of 12/2018 I had to renew it, I haven’t received it yet and my existing card exppires 2/1/2019. How long does it take to be mailed ? the website says you should get an email as to when it was sent, I received no email yet and it’s impossible to get through on their 217-782-7980 number.

John
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John

Is there a way to up load the parent affidavit online, or can it only be done through the mail?

Antoine Antonio Mack
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Antoine Antonio Mack

Hello! Rep, I Antoine Mack would like to renew my FOID Card. Would you mail me out an application to 7334 S. Jeffery BLVD Apt 2 Chicago, IL 60649. Thank you! PS! I will send in my money order or check to the Illinois State Police when I get the money. Thank you! PS! You can call me at (312)734-0075.

RICK
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RICK

It’s been 5 months and some change. I filed an Appeal to the Illinois Director State Police to challenge my record..for a felony charge which was expunged in another state. Mailed them proof and supporting documents and still nothing. I have called, emailed and logged on every week with no luck or help. …sad to say this but Illinois is in no rush to process appeals. If you ever had a wink of trouble be prepared for a long delay. Sorry folks …its the real truth.

Bobbi Jones
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Bobbi Jones

Someone please help!!! I’m having a problem with my application online. Im in Illinois and currently 20 years old and that means i have to have one of my parents sign for me in order to get my FOID since im not 21 yet. I put in her info and it keeps telling me her license is expired or her birthday doesnt match. I’ve been retyping the info everyday for about 3 days now and its still saying the same thing. Her license expires in 2020 which is whats confusing me and im putting everything in correctly. She doesnt have… Read more »

George Unwinn
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George Unwinn

Why on earth are you so anxious to get hands on a firearm? Are you crazy terrorist or mad dog? Go get some help, please!

Bobbi Jones
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Bobbi Jones

its my right to do so… also your reply is no help to my question George.

Gavin
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Gavin

You better waiting till you turn 21

Gavin
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Gavin

But yeah in pretty sure she has to have one

James Brooks
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James Brooks

Call the number provided. GRANTED you’ll have to call them like 45 times in one day to get a person. I was able to get in touch with them to fix an issue on my application *wrong zip by accident* and I had to call a bunch of times. Eventually I got a hold of someone. Just keep calling until the pick up.

Chris Hedberg
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Chris Hedberg

My foid expires in December. Early November I renewed online. It’s now November 28th, and my dealer is holding a gun for me because my card is under review. I get it if the process takes time.. but to make my current card invalid BEFORE the expiration date is nonsense… it would still be valid right now if I DIDN’T RENEW IT?! What kind of bureaucracy is that?

Erin
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Erin

For those of you who have recently applied online, how long did it take to receive your FOID card?

Dada
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Dada

it took me to over 30 days and I was renewing after it expired. 28 days to have them approve and additional 4 days to get it in the mail.

Scott B.
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Scott B.

Thanks, I’m at 25 days

Holly
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Holly

I have tried numerous times for months, by pressing 0, for a simple name change. For 4 months, I have received the same voicemail message, then it hangs up. Can never reach anyone. I have pressed different numbers for different options, hoping to speak to someone, and no answer.

Wendy
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Wendy

What is the correct address to mail a paper illinois foid card application?

kris
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kris

can your foid card be revoked

jojo
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jojo

Im not sure if anybody has experienced or can help me out with this. I never had any type of a conviction other than an unlawful parking ticket. I filled out my background check and it was denied. Odd since I purchased an AR two months previous. I found an email link on the states website and ask how to do an appeal and mentioned I didnt know why. I was informed that my foid card had been revoked and they were putting something in the mail. Is there a place to check on this perhaps a website with a… Read more »

Phonzo g
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Phonzo g

They stated i have a feeling but I don’t. I was charged with a felony charge , them it was lowered to a mistaminer , then the case was dropped. Only trouble I ever been in. They say the numbers or letters I was charged with indicates a felony.

Phonzo g
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Phonzo g

A felony not a feeling

Mike
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Mike

Yes ur right Jim me either I’m still waiting for my foid car it’s been 2 months already and I haven’t receive any reply yet……I try to call them but nobody answering the phone

Jim
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Jim

Who do I call to see where my FOID card is at I have been waiting for 3 months for it

Katherine
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Katherine

Did u ever find out? Ive been waiting almost 3 now

John Theis
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John Theis

Is Springfield still there?
We’ve been trying to call 217-782-7980 many times over the last two weeks… unsuccessfully.
We did manage to get put on hold one time. Waited 61 minutes and then could no longer tie up the business phone.
Maybe things changed somehow? I really don’t want to make a 7 hour round trip and find it has been disbanded.
If anyone knows how to successfully contact the correct ISP office for this, please email me at johntheis60118@gmail.com
Thanks!!

stanjnusz
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stanjnusz

we have the same problem

Catherine M Wyse
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Catherine M Wyse

I am needing to change address and name on FOID Card. I sent in application with check and was returned. Where can I go to do this in person?

Jim Sublett
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Jim Sublett

I am unable to continue the online FOID application because when I started the process I did not copy the information I had entered assuming that I could use my email to recover anything that I needed to recover. So currently I have an incomplete online FOID application that I am unable to access. How do I either remove this incomplete online application so I can restart it or recover sufficient information to continue it?

Sibilmason
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Sibilmason

So type your username in first and then hit the question part. It’s going to pop up different questions. When you put in the right username the right security question will pop up and you will be able to change your password that way That’s how I did it

Antoine Antonio Mack
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Antoine Antonio Mack

That’s OK! Send the application to 7334 S. Jeffery BLVD Apt 2 then. My name is Antoine Mack.

Kyle
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Kyle

my grandfather is currently 88 years old and is physically unable to do much anymore. he has several firearms and wants to transfer them to me. my grandfather no longer has a valid foid card and wont renew it. i have printed out the person to person firearm transfer forms. by law a seller has to have a valid foid card to transfer or sell them. long story short would it be legal to just state on the form that he is 88 years old and is transferring them to me so that they are accounted for and because my… Read more »

Matt
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Matt

No, he has to have a FOID card in order to transfer or sell you the firearms, otherwise it is a illegal action not to mention a Felony.

Theodore Finke
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Theodore Finke

Try going through your local sheriff’s office and request an inferm relative inheritance transfer. I have known of this being done but it was years ago

Darla
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Darla

I set up an account on their site but didnt write down my user ID. Ugh. There is no where to change that or ask a question. The phone number is worthless. We have tried for three days and no one even answers the phone. Had the renewal done but the id photo I guess didnt attach so we got a letter. Time is running out and we cant get this resolved. Where can I go in person to do this?

Michael McGuire
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Michael McGuire

I did the same thing, have you had any luck?

Dee
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Dee

I had the same problem. So I went to the firearms store in my town and they filled out a new application and we mailed it to the address on the application and I got a return to sender on it 30 days later. Said it was undeliverable!!! Now it is expired. Don’t know what to do.

don rigoni
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don rigoni

Had same letter sent to me invalid or missing photo went back to web site won’t let me to anything called number for days no answer. Did you resolve your problem if so how did you do it please let me know so I can get my card renewed