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In this article we will be examine What I Can Do After Being Denied a FOID Card and we answer the questions of:

  • What is the FOID Card Application Process?
  • How Will I Know of the Application Decision?
  • If I Am Denied Will I Be Provided the Basis for the Denial?
  • Once I Have Been Denied, Can I Appeal the Decision?
  • What Is the Appeal Process?
  • When Will I Know the Decision of the Appeal?
  • Do I Have Any Options if My Appeal is Denied?

In this article we will be examine What I Can Do After Being Denied a FOID Card and we answer the questions of:

  • What is the FOID Card Application Process?
  • How Will I Know of the Application Decision?
  • If I Am Denied Will I Be Provided the Basis for the Denial?
  • Once I Have Been Denied, Can I Appeal the Decision?
  • What Is the Appeal Process?
  • When Will I Know the Decision of the Appeal?
  • Do I Have Any Options if My Appeal is Denied?

The Illinois FOID card application process is run by the Illinois State Police. After evaluating the application, the ISP can approve or deny the application. After the initial determination, you may have an opportunity to appeal an unfavorable decision.  

What is the FOID Card Application Process?

The application process for a FOID Card is done entirely through the Illinois State Police website. There are a few steps and requirements for applying for a FOID card. If you are interested in learning more about the FOID card application process, please check out our article on Applying for a FOID Card in Illinois.

How Will I know of the Application Decision?

The ISP will issue a letter explaining the determination of your FOID Card application. The process for making this determination normally takes about 30 days. There have been significant delays due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

If I Am Denied Will I Be Provided the Basis for the Denial?

Yes, the letter from the Illinois State Police will provide a detailed explanation for the reason of any denial. The letter will also detail the steps that you need to take in order appeal this denial.  

Once I Have Been Denied, Can I Appeal the Decision?

Yes, upon denial you should follow the steps detailed in the letter sent by the ISP. The appeal does not have a set time period to being the process.

What Is the Appeal Process?

Depending on the reasons stated in the denial letter, you will either initiate an appeal with the Director of the State Police or with the appropriate Circuit Court. The Director of the State Police will deal with appeals related to noncriminal matters. The Circuit Court will need to be involved in situations where you were denied due to a felony record or criminal charges that have not been removed previously. For more information on appeals, read our article on the Illinois Appeals Process.

When Will I Know the Decision of the Appeal?

The Appeal decision will be rendered as soon as the appropriate entity has considered the appeal. If you are conducting the appeal through the Circuit Court, the decision will be rendered after the hearing is completed. If the appeal is conducted through the Illinois State Police, you should be provided with a letter explaining the appeal.  

To learn more about Illinois gun laws, read our article about the Illinois “Red Flag” Law Explained.

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April 26, 2021
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