FOID FAQs

DISCLAIMER: Answers provided to the following questions are meant only to give general guidance. The answers do not and are not meant to replace statutory language.

If you have a question regarding the Firearm Owner's Identification Card or the Firearm Concealed Carry Act that is not addressed in these sections, please call (217) 782-7980 or email ISP.AskFOIDandCCL@illinois.gov.

1. Overview of the Firearm Owner's Identification Card

The FOID Card was created in 1968, by the Firearm Owner's Identification Act (430 ILCS 65), as part of a public safety initiative in the State of Illinois to identify those persons eligible to possess and acquire firearms and firearm ammunition. The FOID card is NOT a "conceal and carry" card. The FOID Act can be found by going to the Illinois General Assembly website at www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs.asp.

Unless specifically exempted by statute, any Illinois resident who acquires or possesses firearms, firearm ammunition, tasers or stun guns within the State must have in their possession a valid FOID card issued in his or her name. Non-residents are not required to have a FOID card.

Yes. The FOID Act, 430 ILCS 65/2(b) outlines the following exemptions. United States Marshals, while engaged in the operation of their official duties. Members of the Armed Forces of the United States or the National Guard, while engaged in the operation of their official duties. Federal officials required to carry firearms, while engaged in the operation of their official duties. Members of bona fide veteran's organizations which receive firearms directly from the armed forces of the United States, while using the firearms for ceremonial purposes with blank ammunition. Nonresident hunters during hunting season, with valid nonresident hunting licenses and while in an area where hunting is permitted. Nonresident hunters during hunting season, with valid nonresident hunting licenses and while in an area where hunting is permitted; however, at all other times and in all other places these persons must have their firearms unloaded and enclosed in a case. Nonresidents while on a firing or shooting range recognized by the Department of State Police. Nonresidents while at a firearm showing or display recognized by the Department of State Police. Nonresidents whose firearms are unloaded and enclosed in a case. Nonresidents who are currently licensed or registered to possess a firearm in their resident state. Un-emancipated minors while in the custody and immediate control of their parent or legal guardian and the parent or legal guardian currently has a valid FOID card. Color guards of bona fide veteran's organizations or members of bona fide American Legion bands while using firearms for ceremonial purposes with blank ammunition. Nonresident hunters whose state of residence does not require them to be licensed or registered to possess a firearm and only during hunting season. The nonresident must have a valid hunting license and be accompanied by and be using a firearm owned by, a person who possesses a valid FOID card. This is allowed only while in an area within a commercial club licensed under the Wildlife Code where hunting is permitted and controlled, but in no instance upon sites owned or managed by the Department of Natural Resources. Resident hunters who are properly authorized to hunt and, while accompanied by a person who possesses a valid FOID card, hunt in an area within a commercial club licensed under the Wildlife Code where huntin

No. You must have a valid FOID in order to have a CCL. If you fail to keep your FOID valid, your CCL will be revoked. However, 430 ILCS 65/3 (a) allows you to present your CCL in lieu of a FOID to purchase a firearm or ammunition.

Yes. As long as your FOID is valid, 430 ILCS 65/3 (a) allows you to present your CCL in lieu of a FOID to purchase a firearm or ammunition.

The FOID Card has a 10-year expiration date.

The FOID Card application fee is $10.00. The Illinois State Police use the state of Illinois e-Pay program, therefore, a service fee of 2.35% or a minimum of $1.00 for credit cards or $0.50 for an electronic check will be applied. Cash, check, or money-orders are no longer accepted. $6 of the $10 fee is deposited in the Wildlife and Fish Fund, $1 in the State Police Services Fund, and $3 in the State Police Firearm Services Fund, pursuant to 430 ILCS 65/5(a)..

2. FOID Eligibility and the Application Process

To be eligible for a FOID card, a person must be 21 years of age or have a parent or guardian sponsor that is eligible for a FOID card. An applicant must not be prohibited from possessing firearms in accordance with state or federal law. This requires the applicant is/has: Not been convicted of a felony. Not addicted to narcotics. Not been a patient in a mental health facility within the past five years. Not been a patient in a mental health facility more than five years ago, unless the applicant submits a Mental Health certification under 430 ILCS 65/8(u). Not intellectually disabled. Not an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States. Not subject to an existing order of protection. Not been convicted within the past 5 years of battery, assault, aggravated assault, violation of an order of protection, or a substantially similar offense in another jurisdiction, in which a firearm was used or possessed. Not been convicted of domestic battery, aggravated domestic battery, or a substantially similar offense in another jurisdiction. Not an alien who has been admitted to the United States under a non-immigrant visa; unless the applicant is an official representative of a foreign government or who received a waiver from the Attorney General of the United States pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 922(y)(3). Not a minor subject to a petition filed under Section 5-520 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 alleging that the minor is a delinquent minor for the commission of an offense that if committed by an adult would be a felony. Not an adult who had been adjudicated a delinquent minor under the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 for the commission of an offense that if committed by an adult would be a felony. Is a resident of the State of Illinois. Not been adjudicated as a mentally disabled person. Not been involuntarily admitted into a mental health facility. Not a person whose mental condition is of such a nature that it poses a clear and present danger to the applicant, or any other person or the community. Not developmentally disabled. Not renounced their citizenship. Not dishonorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces. Not convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. Not a person under 21 years of age and convicted of a misdemeanor other than a traffic offense or adjudged deli

Yes. Follow the instructions for "HOW DO I APPLY FOR A FOID CARD?" You will need to provide the information for the base where you are stationed while in Illinois, a copy of your military assignment orders, your U.S. Military I.D and complete this following form: Out of State Affidavit.

Yes, Amish or religious exempt applicants will only be able to apply for a FOID card through the alternative call-in application method. Applicants will need to provide a set of fingerprints using an Illinois State Police approved fingerprint card and federal form 4029 - APPLICATION FOR EXEMPTION FROM SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE AND WAIVER OF BENEFITS. Please note that firearms cannot be purchased through a Federal Firearms Licensed dealer with a FOID card not containing a photograph.

Yes, you will be required to provide an A#, AR# or USCIS# upon application to determine your eligibility. This will be a 9-digit numerical number. You can find these numbers on either your Permanent Resident Card or Employment Authorization Card. If you do not have either of these, please visit www.CBP.gov to obtain your I-94#. This number is 11 numerical digits.

Medical marijuana cardholders will not have their FOID or CCL cards revoked, or be denied issuance of a FOID or CCL card, due to their status as a medical marijuana cardholder. Such cards are State-issued, governed by State law, and State law requires that a person's status as a medical marijuana cardholder not result in the denial of any right or privilege.

Individuals may apply for a FOID card by visiting the ISP website at www.isp.state.il.us and clicking on the "FIREARMS SERVICES" button under Agency Links. Applicants will be required to upload completed ISP forms Out of State Affidavit: and EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENT CERTIFICATION .

State of Illinois residents may apply for a FOID card by visiting the ISP website at www.isp.state.il.us and clicking on the following button under Agency Features. The following presentation provides a quick overview of the FOID Application Process. FOID Application Overview

Yes.

No, however, individuals may submit an application through an alternative call-in method. To do so, applicants may call the Customer Service Center at 217-782-7980 to have a a call-taker complete the application over the phone, including taking payment in the form of a credit card, debit card or electronic check. Upon payment, the application will be mailed to you for final completion. Upon receipt, you will answer some criminal history and mental health questions, attach a photograph and sign the application. Applicants must return the application to the Firearms Services Bureau for final processing. Please DO NOT send in a check, money order, or cash with your completed call-in paper application; the fee will already have been taken electronically by the call-taker when he or she took your application through the alternative call-in method.

You cannot use the paper application you obtained from the gun dealer or from any other source, including the Internet. Old paper FOID applications are obsolete, as of March 16, 2015, and are no longer accepted.

You will need to provide your full name, date of birth, street address of residence, Driver's License or Identification Card number, and a color photograph. A separate mailing address is optional for those applicants with a P.O. Box. You should have all these things available, along with a credit card, debit card or electronic check before you start the application process, whether using the online process or the alternative call-in method. Please Note: FOID cards will not be forwarded by the U.S. Postal Service.

Applicants need to provide a color photograph, recently taken and in a likeness of the applicant. The face cannot be obstructed. If applying through the on-line application you will need to upload an electronic photograph that is a color head and shoulders shot with no obstruction of the facial features, for example, no hat or glasses. If you are applying through the alternative call-in method, you need to attach the color photo to the front of the paper application with clear tape. PLEASE NOTE: IN ACCORDANCE TO THE FOID ACT, FOR ILLINOIS RESIDENTS OVER THE AGE OF 18, THE ILLINOIS DRIVER'S LICENSE OR IDENTIFICATION CARD PHOTO ON FILE WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE WILL BE USED TO COMPLETE YOUR FOID CARD. YOU MUST STILL PROVIDE THE ILLINOIS STATE POLICE WITH A PHOTO FOR VERIFICATION PURPOSES.

The Illinois State Police has 30 days to approve or deny the FOID application from the date of receipt. Please allow a few additional days for mailing before calling the Customer Service Center.

A FOID Card holder may renew their FOID card up to 90 days in advance of the expiration date. To renew your FOID card, you may do so online at www.ispfsb.com or use the alternative call-in method by calling 217-782-7980, Fill-in-the-blank paper applications are no longer accepted.

Your FOID card can be renewed through either the on-line method at www.ispfsb.com or the alternative call-in application process. Follow the instructions for "HOW DO I APPLY FOR A FOID CARD?" If renewing on-line, you will select the orange "RENEW" button after logging in. The orange "RENEW" button will appear when the FOID card holder is eligible to renew the card. FOID card holders will also be notified by US mail, 60 days prior to the expiration of their FOID card. Please allow up to 60 business days to process your renewal application, plus mailing, to receive your card. FOID cards will not be forwarded by the U.S. Postal Service.

3. Minor Applicants

Yes, a minor can apply for a FOID Card as long as they have a sponsor who is a parent or legal guardian. The parent or legal guardian does not have to have a FOID Card, but must be eligible for a FOID Card. The parent or legal guardian must also sign an affidavit and attach it to the application. car.

No. A parent or someone who has been appointed as your legal guardian by court order must be your sponsor.

If you are not 21 years of age and do not have living parents or a legal guardian, upon receipt, your application shall be deemed denied. Pursuant to 430 ILCS 65/10, you may appeal the Director of the Illinois State Police.

No. The parent or legal guardian cannot sign the application on behalf of the minor applicant. If the minor applicant is not able to sign the application, a copy of the applicant's birth certificate is required..

4. FOID Card Replacement

You can report your FOID Card lost or stolen by logging into the Firearms Services web portal from the Illinois State Police website, www.isp.state.il.us or by calling the Customer Service Center at 217-782-7980. You can apply for a replacement card at the same time.

You may request a replacement card by logging into the Firearms Services web portal from the Illinois State Police website, www.isp.state.il.us or by calling the Customer Service Center at 217-782-7980..

A replacement FOID card costs $10.00 plus a $1.00 e-Pay service fee.

FOID Cardholders may request a name or address change to their FOID card by completing the request through the ISP website at www.isp.state.il.us. and clicking on the "FIREARM SERVICES" button under Agency Features, then under FOID card, click Enter. Once registered, you will select "NAME/ADDRESS CHANGE." Please Note: Your Illinois Driver's License or State Identification Card must match the name and address on your FOID card. You will receive a new card with the modified information. You will retain your current FOID Card number and expiration date. You may also request a name/address change by calling 217/782-7980 for the call-in alternative application. The fee for the name or address change is $5.

A name or address change to the FOID card costs $5.00.

Please allow 30 days plus time for mail delivery to pass before calling to check on the status of your FOID application. If at that time you have not received your FOID card, call the Customer Service Center at 217-782-7980. If the card was returned to the Illinois State Police as undeliverable by the USPS, it will only be mailed out again after you contact the Firearms Services Bureau at the number above. If you notify the Bureau within 6 months of application that you did not receive your card, a replacement card will be sent to you at no charge. After 6 months, you will need to re-apply.

If the FOID card has not yet been mailed, you can provide the new address by contacting the Customer Service Center at 217/782-7980, and your address will be updated. If the card has already been printed and mailed, you will need to complete the procedures for a "NAME/ADDRESS CHANGE.

5. Out of State Resident Requiring FOID Card for Illinois Employment

Non-residents who are employed as a law enforcement officer or an armed security officer in Illinois are eligible to obtain a FOID card.

Individuals may apply for a FOID card by visiting the ISP website at www.isp.state.il.us and clicking on the "FIREARMS SERVICES" button under Agency Links. Applicants will be required to upload completed ISP forms Out of State Affidavit: and EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENT CERTIFICATION .

6. FOID Appeals

Please visit the Office of Firearms Safety for all appeal related information.