FOID applications available online in IL

Published: Mar. 6, 2015 at 8:42 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 11, 2015 at 3:52 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - Illinois state police plan to make it easier to get a Firearm Owners Identification Cards.

State police will start accepting online application forms this month.

In fact, the state will no longer accept the paper forms as of Monday. The state will start accepting online forms on March 16.

The department is trying to streamline the process for Illinois gun owners to apply for FOID and Concealed carry licenses.

The new FOID application will be available through the

or through the paper alternative call center method for those individuals who do not have computer access.

Minors under the age of 21 without a state of Illinois Driver's License or identification card and Amish applicants will be required to complete an alternative call-in paper application

Federal Firearm Licensed (FFLs) dealers will also have access to the web-based portal in order to conduct the required background checks of those wishing to purchase a firearm. All FFL's in Illinois are required to register with the ISP at

or by calling 217-524-3847 to continue to perform background checks after the launch of the new system.

The old FTIP system will be closed on March 15 at 4 p.m. to allow data to be transferred to the new system. Beginning March 16, at 8:30 a.m., firearm dealers will be able to submit firearm background transactions via the website and follow up on previously requested checks based upon a transaction number

ISP has also made changes to the login for both the CCL and FOID applications. Applicants will no longer be required to obtain a state of Illinois digital I.D. through the Department of Central Management Services.

This login change will allow users greater accessibility to the new application process. All new applicants and returning CCL applicants will need to register with the Illinois State Police by providing some key identifiers found on their Illinois Driver's License or Identification card, creating a username and password, and answering four security questions.

The CCL website will be unavailable beginning Friday, March 13, 2015, at 5 p.m., until Monday, March 16, 2015, at 7 a.m., in order to implement the new FOID system.

State Rep. Jerry Costello II, D-Smithton, is offering free assistance to residents looking to complete online applications for a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card or concealed carry permit.

"Though the new process will be a more efficient system that will help cut down on government waste, I want to make sure this transition doesn't have a disproportionate impact on many law-abiding citizens in our area," Costello said. "Making my office available will help ease the burden as the new system is introduced."

Applicants without computer or internet access can call Costello's office and make an appointment on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to fill out the new, online application at Costello's constituent service office, located at 124 Locust Street in Red Bud. In order to apply, residents will need to bring with them their Illinois Driver's License or Identification card.

"Not everyone has access to internet or computers, and that should not affect their ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights," Costello said. "I'm happy to offer my office and support services to anyone who needs assistance."

For more information about this or any other state issue, please call Costello's full time constituent service office at 618-282-7284 or by email at staterepcostello@gmail.com.

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