Changes announced for Illinois FOID card, concealed carry licenses

Illinois State Police have accepted and started to implement recommendations from the Auditor...
Illinois State Police have accepted and started to implement recommendations from the Auditor General to improve the FOID system.(Mike Miletich)
Published: Dec. 28, 2021 at 10:48 PM CST
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Springfield, IL (25 NEWS) - The Illinois State Police Firearms Services Bureau announces changes to the FOID card program, Firearm Owner Identification, effective January 1, 2022. This comes after years of application backlog problems and discussions.

First, as FOID cards are replaced, you can expect new cards to be printed without expiration dates.

According to the release from ISP:

When a new FOID card is issued and the holder has a valid CCL, Conceal Carry License, the holder will get a combined card.

a. When a FOID Card is suspended and the cardholder has a CCL, the CCL will be suspended until the FOID Card is reinstated. Upon reinstatement of the FOID Card, if eligible, the CCL will be reinstated as well.

b. When a CCL is suspended or revoked but the person is still eligible to possess a FOID card, they will retain the issued combined card, but it will not show a valid CCL in the Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS).

When a FOID Card expires during the term of a CCL, the FOID Card will be automatically renewed without paying a renewal fee and the licensee will be sent a new combined FOID Card and CCL.

“We are pleased by the fact that this will decrease duplicity within the FOID and CCL program which will in turn save time and money for both applicants and taxpayers,” said ISP Director Brendan Kelly.

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