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FOID Card Information

Firearm Owners Identification cards - to legally possess or purchase firearms or ammunition, residents of Illinois are required to have a FOID card. The FOID card is issued by the Illinois State Police, who first perform a check of the applicant on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Police also check an Illinois Department of Human Services database, to disqualify any applicant who has been adjudicated as a mental defective, or who has been a patient of a mental institution within the last five years. A FOID application can be downloaded from the Illinois State Police website at: FOID cards cost $10.00 and are good for 10 years.

Commonly Asked Questions from the Illinois' State Police website

I am under the age of 21, do I need a FOID card?
Not necessarily. The FOID act exempts unemancipated minors while in the custody and immediate control of their parent, legal guardian, or other person in loco parentis to the minor as long as their parent, legal guardian or other person in loco parentis to the minor has a valid FOID card in their possession.

I am under the age of 21, can I apply for a FOID card?
Yes. In addition to all other requirements’, a person must have the written consent of his or her parent or legal guardian to possess and acquire firearms and ammunition.

Is a FOID card required to bow hunt?
No. A bow and arrow is not defined as a firearm.

How can I legally transport a firearm on my person or in my vehicle?
There is more than one way to legally transport a firearm. However, in order to be in compliance with all statutes, it is recommended all firearms be transported: 1. Unloaded, 2. Enclosed in a case, 3. By persons who have a valid FOID card.

What constitutes a legal case for transporting firearms?
The Wildlife Code is more specific, defining a case as a ‘container specifically designed for the purpose of housing a gun or bow and arrow device by being zipped, snapped, buckled, tied or otherwise fastened with no portion of the gun or bow and arrow device exposed.’