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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Ray Beyer Jr.

Need an address change, went on line couple weeks ago, haven’t heard back. Tried calling, can’t get through to speak with anyone. What do I do?

Gary
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Gary

Filed on line renew of food card paid fee and still haven’t received my card can’t get through on phone

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Gary

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Anthony grant
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Anthony grant

Over 17y my card expire

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Anthony grant

Oh you go about getting back you foid card

Antoine A Mack
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Antoine A Mack

Hello! Rep, I Antoine Mack wanted to know could you mail me out an FOID GunCard application. To 7334 S. Jeffery BLVD Apt 2 Chicago, IL 60649. Thank you! PS! If you need more info my contact number is (312)59)-3389. Thank you!

anthony
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miss one nun

Ron McLaughlin
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Ron McLaughlin

How long after I mail a paper appl. Does it take to get a card. No rush just wondering.

Kenny Lindsey
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Kenny Lindsey

Felony in 1987 sealed can I get a foid card

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Have been trying to renew my card. The system won’t let me. Even when I go to change address, there is no renew button. Card expires in November, when is the earliest date I can apply for renewal.

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

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