Requests for relief from the FOID Card Review Board

Effective January 1, 2023, Section 10 of the FOID Act provides that when a FOID card is revoked or an application is denied, the aggrieved party may request relief from the FOID Card Review Board if the revocation or denial was based upon any of the following reasons:

  • Developmental or Intellectual Disabilities
  • Mental Health Admissions / Clear and Present Danger Incidents that were less than 5 years ago
  • Law Enforcement Requested for Expedited Relief from a Mental Health Admission
  • Certain Misdemeanors as provided in Section 8k of the FOID Act
  • Felonies other than:
    • Forcible felonies,
    • Stalking,
    • Aggravate stalking,
    • Domestic battery,
    • Any violation of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act, or the Cannabis Control Act that is classified as a Class 2 or greater felony,
    • Any felony conviction of Article 24 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012, or
    • Any adjudication as delinquent minor for the commission of an offense that if committed by an adult would be a felony.

Please Note:
  • If you had initiated an appeal with the Illinois State Police prior to January 1, 2023, you should have received a letter from the Illinois State Police, Office of Firearms Safety or the FOID Card Review Board with further information.
  • If you have received that letter, please follow the directions provided.
  • If you have not received a letter, the first step to begin the process of obtaining relief from firearm prohibitions, is to contact the Illinois State Police to determine which venue has jurisdiction over your denial or revocation.
    • Please contact the ISP at to start the process. They will review your FOID Card Account to determine who has jurisdiction to assist you.
    • If the FOID Card Review Board has jurisdiction over your petition, a member of the Board’s staff will contact you to explain what documentation is needed.