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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Dan Duback

I see on the Illinois State Police website my FOID was issued March 3, 2019, but I haven’t received it in the mail as of March 20. Anyone have a aguess as to why not? Dan

Tom
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Tom

ISP normally mails out on certain days of the week so I herd. Meaning not every day! Sure it will arrive before April.

Hank
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Hank

I see on the Illinois State Police website was issued March 3, 2019, but I haven’t received oit in the mail as of March 20. Anyone have a aguess as to why not? Dan

Akee
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Akee

I recently did a address change and it is under review. Can i still use my current card to purchase a firearm? Or will i have to wait into the review is complete

Tom
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Tom

As far as I have herd…. Address must MATCH to legally purchase a Firearm. However, pretty sure many do not mention a different address and still proceed with the sale as long as your FOID Card is still active and valid.

Tom
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Tom

Follow up… It might trigger a “delayed approval” if the system see’s a request for address change and another request for a new firearm purchase. Aways best to do things legally!

long
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long

I filled out the form, added a picture but when I go to sign and pay it says I entered the wrong password, yet it is the same password I used to log into the site. I notice it capitalizes my email address and ID so I put my password in all caps but no difference…..still says I entered the wrong password.
Any thoughts
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long
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long

I’m trying to renew my husband’s (Ernest Sheriff) FOID card on line and I have no idea where I went wrong I guess I will call and order a form. Please send me a form.
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David Bechtold
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David Bechtold

Reapplied for my Floyd card back in January $11 was deducted from my credit card but no FOID card what does one do next this was back in January

Verdell Love Sr
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Verdell Love Sr

MY APPLICATION IS NOT COMPLETE. I HAVE NEED TO ADD MY PICTURE SIGN AND PAY. i HAVE REACHED PART THREE (3) OF THE APPLICATION ON THE WEB AND SAVED ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION BUT WAS UNABLE TO FINISH. WHAT IS MY RECOURSE AT THIS POINT AND TIME. 95461090

Russell DeFranza
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Russell DeFranza

On Feb 12 2019 I renew my FOID card on line and you took the $11.00 out of my account> as of March 9th I have yet to receive my new card I cannot go the range without it. Please send it. FOID# 94620853

Thank you

Justin
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Justin

So I logged in to check my status about my food card and it says active and it gives me my issued date and expiration date and my I’d number but I haven’t got the card and I think it just hit a month .i haven’t got nothing in the mail or a email can somebody tell me what’s that mean

Tom
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Tom

While it sometime takes a month and days to receive. They don’t mail out ever day of the week nor on weekends and holidays i have herd.

burn
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burn

I filled out the form, added a picture but when I go to sign and pay it says I entered the wrong password, yet it is the same password I used to log into the site. I notice it capitalizes my email address and ID so I put my password in all caps but no difference…..still says I entered the wrong password.
Any thoughts

Keefer
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Keefer

I had my FOID card taken away for a misdemeanor DUI and 2 years conditional discharge in 2016. What do I have to do to get my card back?

Hank
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Hank

First I would go fuck yourself you shouldn’t even be allowed to have a driver’s license you’re an irresponsible prick

Tom
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Tom

Appeal it. Check ISP website as it has listed the steps and process to get it moved off revoked status or other.

Steve L
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Steve L

My original foid card was recieved in 2009. In 2014 I Lost my wallet and had to replace my Foid card. I recieved my new new card with an expiration date of 2024. I checked the ISP site and it says my expiration date is 2019. My question is my Foid says one thing and they say another. Shouldn’t the card take precedence?

Tom
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Tom

You would think so but I would call ISP and talk to them about it!

Brooke Henry
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Brooke Henry

I was denied my foid card for being in kettler when I was 16 years old. I’m now 25 years old. I applied for an appeal. I’ve gotten no reply. I’m not sure what to do.

charles Pool
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charles Pool

where do i go to see why my application was denied , thinking maybe i didn’t sign it or scroll down far enough to compete the application . looking for help to see why it was denied .

Jasmine
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Jasmine

I applied for my FOID card and made a payment I need to upload my current if card to match my address, but it’s not giving me that option what do I do? If I reapply will I have to pay again although I never received a card?

carlos
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carlos

what does “under review” mean and is it normal for it to say that?

Randy
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Randy

It means they are reviewing your application. It is normal. Expect your process to take the full 30 days.

Tom
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Tom

It means just what it spelled out to say. Yes its normal! Takes time!

Matthew A Cook
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Matthew A Cook

what is the mailing address to send my foid card?

Matthew A Cook
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Matthew A Cook

So I was revoked about 4 years ago due to going to the hospital for alcohol. I guess that counts as mental health. Now they want me to do all of this stuff to appeal it. What happens if I just wait the 5 years. Can I just get it reinstated?

Harry
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Harry

Trying to renew my FOID card. Of course like everyone else I can’t get through after over 50 calls. So trying to do it online. When I log in there is no tab to “renew Foid Card” as it states it should in the instructions. Anyone else having this problem renewing online? I expire in September so perhaps thats why, but can anyone provide some information?

mike
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mike

I have had the same problem .Try e-mailing them . Do it quickly because I was told they are behind with their printing of the cards

Tom
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Tom

Cant do it off anything but a PC. Its a format thing!

Stephen
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Stephen

Apllied for FOID card over a month ago and still saying under review, any updates please?!