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  Frequently Asked Questions  

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DISCLAIMER: Answers provided to the following questions are meant only to give general guidance. The answers do not and are not meant to replace statutory language.
What is a FOID card?
Who needs a FOID card?
Where can I obtain a FOID application?
Why was the FOID application revised?
How much does it cost to apply for a FOID card?
With recent changes to the FOID application, what new information am I required to provide?
I have applied for a FOID card, when should I expect to receive it?
Do I have to sign my FOID card?
How long is my FOID card valid?
Will I receive a notice that my FOID card will expire?
At what age can I purchase a long gun? Handgun?
I am under the age of 21, do I need a FOID card?
I am under the age of 21, can I apply for a FOID card?
Will I be held responsible for my child who has access to a firearm?
Is a valid FOID card required to bow hunt or use a cross bow?
How do I legally transport a firearm on my person or in my vehicle?
I have a "conceal and carry" permit issued by another state. Is the permit recognized in Illinois?
How do I transport a firearm through an Illinois community with an ordinance that prohibits firearms or handguns?
If a non-resident is coming to Illinois to hunt and would like to bring their firearm, how do they legally transport it?
Is it legal to have ammunition in the case with the firearm?
What is the definition of a firearm according to the FOID Act?
Do I need a valid FOID card for a muzzleloader or blackpowder gun?
What constitutes an unloaded muzzleloading firearm?
Can a person who has been convicted of a felony in the state of Illinois ever be eligible for a FOID card?
Is a person who has been convicted of domestic battery/ domestic violence eligible for a FOID card?
If a person is subject to an active Order of Protection, are they eligible for a FOID card?
Does Illinois have a waiting period for firearm purchases and does it apply to private sales?

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