SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Police announced Friday the agency will begin accepting online FOID applications beginning Monday, March 16, to provide a more streamlined and modernized application process.
The ISP will no longer accept the current FOID paper applications after Monday, March 9, however, like the concealed carry license, the new FOID application will be available through the department’s website or through the paper alternative call center method for individuals who do not have computer access. Minors under the age of 21 without an Illinois driver’s License or identification card and Amish applicants will be required to complete an alternative call-in paper application.
The ISP also has 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 identification 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 driver’s license or identification card, creating a username and password, and answering four security questions. The CCL website will be unavailable from 5 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2015, to 7 a.m. Monday, March 16, to implement the new FOID system.
Federal firearm licensed (FFLs) dealers also will have access to the web-based portal to conduct the required background checks of those wishing to purchase a firearm. All Illinois FFLs are required to register with the ISP via the website at www.ispffl.com 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 at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 15, to allow data to be transferred to the new system. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday, March 16, 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.
Firearm dealers using the web portal during the first 30 days of implementation will be able to submit transactions at no cost. The traditional fee of $2 is being waived. Firearm dealers will also still have the option of using the 800-number dial-up process; however, dealers will be charged the $2 processing fee for this option.
The new CCL and FOID application process is intended to provide a user-friendly portal designed to ease and streamline both application processes.