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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Dean Barger
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Dean Barger

my foid card broken application # 1299040 re done my address have not heard back.

Weeze
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Weeze

Does the FOID card have to have the current address on it to purchase a firearm?

Kenny
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Kenny

My Illinois foid card expired at least 25 years ago. I just forgot to renew it. I have an old rifle that I haven’t shot in decades. I know I am breaking the law. I just want to get right with the law. Can I apply for an foid. On the online form, it does ask if you have ever had an foid. Even getting on the online site, it says the ISP is reviewing my new user request.

Victor Wells jr
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Victor Wells jr

I hear you on that one I’m just trying to renew mine

Eddie
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Eddie

What is the time frame to renew my FOID card mine expires 7/01/2018

Brandon Christopher Hedge
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Brandon Christopher Hedge

I just got approved for my foid card on the 12th my spouse is a felon can i legally posses a fire arm as long as its locked up in a safe in my shed that they have no access to?

Fred
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Fred

Actually, there is no minimum age to receive a FOID card. A 5 year old can have one. As long as the parent or legal guardian is eligible for one. You must use the call-in method to obtain one for someone who was born after 2000.

doug
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doug

My address has changed since my FOID card was issued. I have requested a new card with my new address.. can I still purchase a firearm while waiting for my new card

Andre
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Andre

I put my app in on March.7th and haven’t gotten anything back yet record clean and all no run ins with the law or anything thought this would be faster.

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?

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? “

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 »

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 »

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?

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?

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

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?

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?

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.

mark
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mark

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

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?

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?

Justin P
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Justin P

Wish they would answer the phone up there in Springfield!

jhblkuyg
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jhblkuyg

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

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

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 »

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.

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

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?

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

Brittany heackman
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Brittany heackman

Need the mail set to me

Brittany heackman
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Brittany heackman

I need the form to fill out sent to me

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?

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?