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In this article we will be discussing Applying for a FOID Card and FAQs we answer the questions of:

  • What is a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) Card?
  • What Are the Application Requirements?
  • What Do I Need to Apply for a FOID Card?
  • What If My Driver’s License or State ID is Expired?
  • Are There Restrictions on Who Can Apply for a FOID Card?
  • Can I be Denied a FOID Card?  
  • What Can I Do if I am Denied a FOID Card?

In this article we will be discussing Applying for a FOID Card and FAQs we answer the questions of:

  • What is a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) Card?
  • What Are the Application Requirements?
  • What Do I Need to Apply for a FOID Card?
  • What If My Driver’s License or State ID is Expired?
  • Are There Restrictions on Who Can Apply for a FOID Card?
  • Can I be Denied a FOID Card?  
  • What Can I Do if I am Denied a FOID Card?

The State of Illinois has a specific set of rules and regulations that must be respected if one is to legally possess a firearm or ammunition in Illinois. The way the State monitors the firearm owners is with the Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) Card.  

What is a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) Card?

To legally own a firearm in the State of Illinois a person needs to possess a Firearm Identification Card. These cards act as license and are regulated by the Illinois State Police (ISP). The ISP is responsible for vetting all applications and ensuring that the applicant meets all requirements to possess a firearm in the State of Illinois.  

What Are the Application Requirements?

Generally, an applicant needs to be a resident of Illinois, over 21 years of age, and not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm by state or federal law.

What Do I Need to Apply for a FOID Card?

To apply for a FOID card, you need a valid state ID or Driver’s License. The application process requires the information contained on the state ID. Additionally, you will need a headshot photo taken within the last 30 days that is clear, centered, and your face is not obscured in any fashion. You will also need to pay the application fee as well.

What If My Driver’s License or State ID is Expired?

You are required to have a valid ID to apply for a FOID card. If your ID is currently expired, you will not be able to submit your application. You should renew your drivers license or ID prior to beginning the application process.

Are There Restrictions on Who Can Apply for a FOID Card?

No, anyone can apply for a FOID card if they meet the requirements. The Illinois State Police reviews the applications to ensure that each applicant is appropriate to own and possess firearms.

Can I be Denied a FOID Card?

Yes, if you are restricted by law from possessing or owning a firearm, you can be denied a FOID card. There are a broad range of people that are restricted from having a FOID card but the primary groups that are restricted are individuals that have diagnosed mental health issues, were admitted for care related to suicidal tendencies, or people that have been convicted of a felony crime.

What Can I Do if I am Denied a FOID Card?

If you are denied a FOID card, you can appeal that decision to either the Illinois State Police director or the Circuit Court of the county you reside in. To learn more about FOID card appeals please read our article on The Illinois Appeals Process.

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April 12, 2021
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