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The Illinois State Police is now accepting online FOID (Firearm Owner’s Identification Card) applications in an effort to “provide a more streamlined and modernized application process,” according to their press release. The new FOID application will be available through the ISP website or through a paper alternative call center method for those who do not have access to a computer. Applicants under the age of 21 without a driver’s license or state ID, as well as Amish applicants, are required to complete the alternative call-in paper application.

“The ISP has also made changes to the login for both the CCL and FOID applications,” the press release reads. “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 (Concealed Carry License) 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.

“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 the state of Illinois are required to register with the ISP via the website at or by calling 217-524-3847 to continue to perform background checks after the launch of the new system.”

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