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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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.

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

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

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.

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

Tammy
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Tammy

My fiancé got a felony in Arkansas over 20 yrs ago and the only thing he has now is a DUI on his record he now lives in IL can he apply for a foid card again? And how or where would he do so? His a great guy just made a bad decision earlier in his life.

Janet lingle
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Janet lingle

if I want to get a stun gun and my husband already has FOID card do I need to get a FOID card to to carry it to my job

Bob Gallagher
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Bob Gallagher

Dear State of Illinois. You could save US a whole lot of time and aggravation and YOU a whole lot of labor if you simply put notice online on the FOID page after you log in that you can’t apply for a renewal of your FOID card until 60 days before it expires. I ttook me quite a while to figure that out and I bet a lot of people are trying to call you phone number to ask why. No wonder nobody can get through.

Jake
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Jake

THANK YOU for posting this!!
I was not aware of this timeline and this info is not posted anywhere on IL State Police site. Clearly the difficulty in maintaining one”s status as Law Abiding Citizen is not unintentional.

Vito Basile
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Vito Basile

My foid card is valid the only issue is I’ve moved twice in the last 3 years so my foid card has a different address then my license and my license isn’t my current address. I did update the dmv online with my current address just haven’t gotten it physically changed on my license. But I’ve been trying to do an address change online through foid and it keeps saying that my address is invalid. A. my foid card is valid just needs an address update so am I still ok until i get my address changed?

Todd A. Halt
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Todd A. Halt

My 18 year old son wants to go squirrel hunting by himself. Does he need a FOID card if he will be using my firearms?

Jake
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Jake

Yes, he does.

Brittany heackman
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Brittany heackman

I need the form to fill out sent to me

Brittany heackman
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Brittany heackman

Need the mail set to me

Ash
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Ash

Wanting to get my foid card. My address hasn’t been changed on my new license yet. Do I have to get it changed before getting my foid

Adam Asbury
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Adam Asbury

I need my foid card renewed and I have called a few times and it keeps saying the lines are busy and I cant remember my login info, any idea of what to do?

stan janusz
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stan janusz

if you find out, let me know.

Joseph Raymond jr
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Joseph Raymond jr

My 1970 felony conviction was appealed in 1992 i won i received my foid card no problem. Now they say that was a long time ago and need to appeal again

Betty
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Betty

How long does it take for the State of Illinois to update their database after you complete a FOID address change online? I understand that it could take weeks to receive the physical card, but the State should have it updated on their end sooner than that…..I would think! This is for FOID only, not Concealed Carry.

Marc
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Marc

I had a felony conviction for aggravated battery 17 years ago in Illinois. I then served 9 years in the US Army 82nd Airborne, served a combined 41 months in Afghanistan and Iraq. Was in President Bush’s security detail in Pakistan in 2006 and served 2 years as a Drill Sergeant at Fort Benning Ga teaching basic rifle marksmanship. I was honorably discharged in 2013. I moved back to Illinois have had a clean record ever since. Have worked a good job since returning to civilian life and have 2 sons and a wife. With all the craziness in the… Read more »

Kiara Bunch
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Kiara Bunch

I apply for my foid card and it’s been a month and it’s still saying under review

Connor
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Connor

I am not permitted by the state police or the ATF to purchase guns; however, I am allowed to own a gun and I have a valid foid card. does anyone know why this might be?

Nishar
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Nishar

Can you defend yourself in someone else’s home with a FOID card from another state with a gun that is not yours

Connor
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Connor

If it is a self defense to save your own life or someone else’s life then I believe so as it to allow you to continue living or to prevent yourself from getting seriously injured.

Robert
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Robert

I just got my renewed FOID card and it has the same expiration date as the old one. Is this correct?

Stephanie Warren
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Stephanie Warren

What happens in the case of you applied for the food card but didn’t have the right picture and you’ve been calling to see how to fix that so that you receive your card?

Connor
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Connor

You should get a reply saying that that field was not properly filled out.

Jacob
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Jacob

Does my parent have to be an Illinois resident to obtain a food card. When I enter my parents ID it says that it is invalid. I’m not sure what I should do.
Thank you

Jacob
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Jacob

Foid card*

Connor
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Connor

No you do not unless they are employed as a security guard or a job that requires you to carry a gun on you in a premises in Illinois.

Earl zook
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Earl zook

I’m having major issue trying to renew foid card, I have an illinois concealed carry license, do I still have to renew foid

Kikay Roosk
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Kikay Roosk

Yes, dont ask how I know. You will get a letter advising your CCL was revoked because the FOID went overdue, actually it came with a blank where there should have been an explanation but that was the reason. Then the CCL has to be surrendered to the local PD within 48 hours and you have to transfer all weapons to another FOID holder or the police. Then the state makes you appeal, wait several months, and then charges you another $75 to get it back.

Rolando
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Rolando

Hi, I just got my letter Saturday exactly what you said… Do I need to those things.. I have my brother in law picked up my guns… And I’m been trying to call the state always say do to their high calling volume call again later… And you mention 75$ how??? My FOID is expired July I for got….. pls help

jhblkuyg
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jhblkuyg

why does it take so long to get an answer??????????/

Justin P
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Justin P

Wish they would answer the phone up there in Springfield!

Carol
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Carol

I recently moved to another state, do I need to change the address on my foid card or is it now invalid?

Dawn
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Dawn

My FOID card says that it was issued on 5/3/2018 ( I had to change address and last name after getting married), anyway it says active expires 2028 but here it is June and I still have not received it. I am starting to wonder if it got lost or stolen and if I need to report it. Any advice?

mark
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mark

Will I be able to keep my FOID card if I get a medical card?

myhi
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myhi

I am wanting to get a FOID card. I have not been in trouble since I’ve turned 18. However, when I was 16, my mother called the police and lied to them, telling them that I hit her. I got arrested for some domestic charge while nothing happened to her. Will I be able to get a FOID card, being that I have a domestic charge on my juvenile record?

Oldredtruck15
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Oldredtruck15

Most likely not, I have the same issue only I got in a fight with my brother when I was 16, I plead that to simple battery. Its been rejected once 15 years ago. I think it’s dumb that something you did as a juvenile can affect you almost 20 years later. All I want to do is go hunting but nope can’t pass the question portion. It was all supposed to be expunged also.

Dan
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Dan

I have an FOID card but but since I received the card I became a Florida resident. However I do spend several months in Illinois. Am I allowed to keep the FOID card for use in Illinois during the time I spend here?

charles
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charles

I’m not a lawyer, and this is just my opinion/research; but this is the best way i can answer. Technically since you’re no longer a an IL resident, you do not even need your FOID card if you’re able to possess a firearm in FL. But since you have it, keep it, unless ISP mails you a notice stating its revoked. In 2011, in the case of People v. Holmes, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that non-Illinois residents who are permitted to possess a firearm in their home state are not required to have an Illinois FOID card.[15][16] Non-Illinois residents… Read more »

Mceyanni
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Mceyanni

Hello, I applied for a foid card April 10, I got denied because my currently address didn’t match my ID. I resubmitted my application once I fixed that issue.
I received a denial Satus on my application.
They didn’t explain the reason why I got denied.
I am assuming the reason behind that is because I was admitted to a metal institution over 7 years ago.
How would I appeal that?
Or will I receive a letter in the mail explaining why I got denied?

Phil
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Phil

Hey all. My foid car was revoked due to an order or protection. It expired last month, does anyone know how to get my foid card and conceal back? Thanks

James tabb
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James tabb

I just logged on for the 1st time. I wanted to renew my FOID card. I have a year left on my current FOID card. But after posting my FOID card number I was notable to proceed -three Boxes appeared one with the FIOD card but no apply button, one box for conceal carry with a apply button, and another box for fire arms instructors with a apply button. How do I proceed?

Jake
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Jake

Turns out the “renew” button doesn’t show up until you are within 60 days of expiration, shich, based on the timeline for FOID process seems really short, but that’s the deal.

Jake
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Jake

“which”

A lee
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A lee

My license and foid address are not to date. Do you know if id be able to purchase a firearm and keep/register it at the place i live currently without changing both right away?

John W
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John W

After about 100 frustrating and unsuccessful (and, angering) attempts to get through to the IL State Police Firearm Services Bureau regarding the FOID renewal period and a “mistake” on my renewal, I finally got an answer to my question: WHEN CAN YOU APPLY FOR RENEWAL? The answer is, NOT MORE THAN 65 DAYS prior to date of expiration. At least as of 04/18, they state they are mailing renewal notices to the FOID address of record. At least for me, no one **ever** answered the 217-782-7980 number. I started calling other ISP numbers and finally got through to someone else… Read more »

Rich B
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Rich B

Interesting you say they are mailing renewal notices, my FOID card expired 10/1 and I didn’t get any renewal notice in the mail. Unfortunately I didn’t realize it expired and not my CCL was revoked for not having a current FOID card. I thought the two cards expired on the same day but that isn’t the case lesson learned. I am not sure if I will automatically get my CCL reinstated or how does that work.

Joe
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Joe

My FOID card shows Revoked on the Illinois state police website and I’m trying to understand why? I had 410 probation that I completed 10 years ago without any issues have have been a perfect citizen not even a traffic ticket since. It was NEVER a conviction, the computers should obviously be linked together if they can revoke my FOID card immediately after being arrested but for some reason their computers don’t want to give it back to me after no conviction? 1. Why is my card Revoked? 2. How do I get it back? Do I just put another… Read more »

Curtis
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Curtis

My question is my FOID card expires 9 of 18 when I go to the website there is no renew button but I am still active am I just too early to renew?

John
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John

I have the same issue as well. Expires on 09-01-2018 but no RENEW button

John
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John

I surfed some other websites and found one person actually called and got though to the agency –

“Finally got thru to ISP district desk officer & was informed that you can’t apply for renewal more than 60 days prior to expiration. The application won’t process but it doesn’t tell why. Why put out notice to file early then restrict it to 60 days? “

Ron
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Ron

My application was recently rejected due to the address on my ID not matching my current address. I’ve updated my ID with my current address and resubmitted my application. I was wondering how long would I have to wait again for an approval?