To say that Illinois is not a gun-friendly state is, at times, an understatement. That being said, if you stay up to date with the laws, the Second Amendment is still recognized in the great state of Illinois. On July 9, 2013, the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act became law and can be found at 430 ILCS 66.
Illinois Concealed Carry Application
In Illinois, you need two licenses to be allowed to concealed carry. You will first be required to obtain a Firearm Owner’s Identification (“FOID”) card and then apply for and obtain your Concealed Carry License (“CCL”), which has certain specific requirements that we will summarize in this article. Keep in mind that Illinois is a strict concealed carry state, NOT an open carry state. The licensing is monitored and controlled by the Illinois State Police, which has exclusive control over who gets a CCL and FOID.
Illinois Foid Card and Concealed Carry Requirements
The first step is to obtain your FOID, which is issued by the Illinois State Police. To apply, you need to be 21 years old and have a valid Driver’s License or state I.D., a head and shoulder electronic photograph taken within the last 30 days, and $10 payable with credit card or electronic check. Although a complete list of eligibility requirements and other general information can be found in the Firearms Owners Identification Card Act located at 430 ILCS 65, in order to receive a FOID, you cannot have any history of domestic battery, any felony convictions, or any mental disabilities.
Once you obtain a FOID, you can then apply for a CCL. (You can apply for both at the same time, but if you are denied the FOID, you cannot get a CCL—so we recommend getting your FOID first.) The CCL application should be reviewed to confirm you meet those requirements. The CCL applicant must be 21 and have either no criminal convictions or a certain time lapse between conviction and application date, which is clearly stated in 430 ILCS 66/30. Keep in mind, local police departments can file objections to your application if they believe you are a danger to yourself or others. A conviction is not always required for local police departments to file an objection.