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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Michelle
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Michelle

why on the application will it not let me select the state

Joseph Martich
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Joseph Martich

Been trying all week to make contact to renew foi card. Retired P.O….. cant believe system is so enept. Please make contact or pick up the phone.

Antoine Antonio Mack
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Antoine Antonio Mack

Hello! Rep, I Antoine Mack would like for you to mail me an application for a FOID gun card. You can mail the application to 7334 S. Jeffery BLVD Apt 2. Chicago, IL 60649. Thank you! PS! If you need more info my contact number is (312)599-3389.

Antoine Antonio Mack
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Antoine Antonio Mack

Hello! Rep, I Antoine Mack would like for someone from your company to mail me an application for a gun card. I had my gun card once before but, I let it expire on me. I wanted to know could someone from your astablishment mail me an application to 7334 S. Jeffery BLVD Apt 2. Chicago, IL 60649. I would appreciate it. If you need to contact me my number is (312)599-3389. Thank you!

louis pauly
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louis pauly

terrible system. tried for 5 hours and did not get through. Also dated system to get into the portal. get some
professional people to put it together.

Lamonde Sharp
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Lamonde Sharp

Hello. I’ll be moving to Indianapolis soon and I’m coming from Illinois and I’m trying to get my FOID Card to carry a gun.. I want to know what all do I have to do

Erwin Johnson
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Erwin Johnson

Where do l go to upload a photo to complete the registration process?

Jeff c
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Jeff c

Are owners of an heirloom antique firearm required to have a FOID if it’s only to be stored in the home and never transported anywhere?

Patti
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Patti

Answer-probably as long as it’s serviceable. This is Illinois trying to repeal the second amendment; it’s not just infringement and $11. They can charge whatever they want now and in future, I heard average cost is $200. Might want to consider moving.

Theodore J Buikema
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Theodore J Buikema

I apply for FOID card in Nov. of 2018 haven’t receive it in the mail on the website says they issue it try calling can’t get thru

Jerry walls
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Jerry walls

we are having problems getting my husbands F OID card renewed online. is there a physical address we can go to get it renewed. thank you His email address it jerrywalls60@yahoo.com

Jim Conard
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Jim Conard

FOID Card

Jim Conard
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Jim Conard

I applied for a renewal on my FIOD on January 15 ,2019 and still no new card , call over 30 times and no one answer the phone . My application number is 001531839 and it expired on April 1 , 2019 . They have my $ 11.00 and it says its under review , the State of Illinois is slow . I got a real ID in less than 6 days ??

Patti
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Patti

This is Illinois trying to repeal the second amendment. Might want to consider moving.
Same in California (LA), there are 6.5 million people but only 137 weapons carry permits issued.

JC Roberts
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JC Roberts

No one in IL is trying to repeal the 2nd Amendment. It would be nice if the Supreme Court would correct the earlier incorrect thinking that “well-regulated militia” was just extra words the Founding Fathers included, but no, no one is trying to repeal the 2nd Amendment in IL.

Navreet Kang
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Navreet Kang

Yeah, Right! No one is coming for your guns, either, or so I have heard!

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/dem-congressman-force-gun-owners-sell-assault-weapons-n871066

mike
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mike

my FOID card expired on April 1st, I renewed it in January, still haven’t heard anything. Can’t get anyone to answer my many calls or emails. I was told that I am still legal to own and transport because of the 60 day extension. But try buying ammo with an expired FOID card. Maybe its Illinois way of taking away our rights

Bill
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Bill

I applied for a renewal on 1/8/19 and my card expired 4/1/19. When I log into the isp site for my application it says under review. No one answers the phones and no responses on emails. Outrageous it is taking this long.

Ken
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Ken

Same…Applied and well over their 30 days(45 +days) no response, no way to talk to anyone, their phone cuts you off…. No response from ILL politician. I support Illinois Law Enforcement Officers but, seriously this is embarrassing. kinda seems like a game.

Patti
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Patti

This is Illinois trying to repeal the second amendment. Might want to consider moving.
Same in California (LA), there are 6.5 million people but only 137 weapons carry permits issued. After the FOID initial fee they can charge whatever they want in future, until people cannot afford it and give up their weapons; I heard it costs around 200 bucks now.

JC Roberts
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JC Roberts

Patti, what are you saying? This is the second comment of your’s about IL trying to repeal the 2nd Amendment. Show us where and how it’s happening. Regulations? Yes — as there should be. After all, “well-regulated” is actually in the 2nd Amendment. And what are you saying about future fees? I just replaced my card, and it cost $5. Not $200. Please check the facts before you post.

Raymond m Jorns
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Raymond m Jorns

I originaly sent in a renewal and received back 23 days later. I HAVE TRIED RENEWING ON LINE TODAY BUT WITH NO SUCCESS .My card is now out of date and can not get through by phone or internet. Please advise how i can complete process Raymond m Jorns 95060179

Richard Bellotti
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Richard Bellotti

I have applied and paid and never received my card .

Tatiana
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Tatiana

I’ve been trying to renew my Foid card for a month now & when I call they say call back later, when I call back it’s the same response. So who do I get in touch with so I can renew my Foid card?!$

Navreet Kang
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Navreet Kang

Call your State Representative and State Senator

Robert Collar
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Robert Collar

What are the hours they answer the telephone? I get a message saying to call back later. I wait until later and call and get the same message?

217-782-7980

Eric
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Eric

Me too! No answer until 1700 hrs the : disconnect after 50 minutes ( 5: 50 P.M.) TW DAYS IN A ROW: JUST TO CHECK STATUS! THEY CHARGED MY VISA JANUARY 2 , 2019 + 60 = MARCH 3? ITS THE 23RD – SO THE LAW SAYS : IT MUST BE ISSUED? NI CARD – THEY CAN TAKE YOUR GUNS, AMMO AND YOUR BODY!

GOV. RATTURD GAVE THEM MORE TIME BUT: NO MORE PEOPLE? ALL INQUIRING FOR : ANY REASON GOES TO ONE # ** 217-782-7980

Donnie
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Donnie

Hi I selected county will I have to resend later for a renewal.

Pamela
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Pamela

I called the legal dept in the Illinois State Police Directory simply because no one will return email nor can you reach anyone by phone in the FOID dept. When I sent my renewal in on Feb 8, 2019, the automated email I received stated 30 days. It’s now Mar 21 and I have heard nothing. My status still says pending. The lady I spoke with in the legal dept, stated that they have extended the time to 60 days and they are working overtime (since last July) due to the huge number of renewals because of the 10 renewal… Read more »

Michael sternal
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Michael sternal

March 1st Michael sternal

Michael sternal
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Michael sternal

I filed for my FOID card on March 1st. I paid the $11 fee. They stated they will send out app I had to call again 2 weeks later. They told me the same thing we’re sorry will mail you out one app. It is now March 21st I have called 183 times and not got through. It seems to me this is a money grab. There is a lawsuit against the State Police involving FOID card rejections. They are collecting interest on all of our money. To fight the lawsuit. This is illegal they had no intention of sending… Read more »

Eric
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Eric

SUE THE ISP AND : WE’LL ALL GET OURS FOR FREE: SINCE THE GOT THE MONEY! THEN PUNITIVE DAMAGES FOR FUNNELING EVERYONE INTO AN ABYSS WHILE THEY GET PAID FOR NOT ANSWERING OR JUST DOING :::NOTHING?

patti
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patti

This is Illinois trying to repeal the second amendment. Might want to consider moving.
Same in California (LA), there are 6.5 million people but only 137 weapons carry permits issued. But the sheeple there are defenseless just like ill-li-noise. Try Florida and some state without communists.