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.
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
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.
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
Select one of the methods below;
Online FOID Card Application
- Visit the Illinois State Police website
- Click the yellow ENTER button under FOID card
- Enter your User ID, Password, Last name and Date of birth.
- 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.
- Follow the directions
Step by Step Directions
Follow these step by step directions from the Illinois state police.
FOID Card Application By Mail
- Call the Illinois State Police at 217 782-7980
- A call taker will ask you some questions and complete your FOID card application over the phone.
- They will also request payment with a credit card
- Once the payment is verified the application will be mailed to you.
- When you receive the application you will need to fill in further questions relating to criminal history.
- Now attach a passport size photo to the application
- Sign the Application
- 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;
- Click on the Firearms Services button under agency features.
- Under FOID card click Enter
- Select Name/Address change. Note: The address on your current FOID card must match that on your Illinois drivers license or ID card.
- A new card with updated address or name will be mailed to you.
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
FOID Card Fees
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