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SOME GOOD TO KNOW FOID CARD FACTS;
Overview of the Illinois Firearm Owner's Identification Card
What is a Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) Card?
The FOID card was created in 1968, by the FOID Act (430 ILCS 65), as a way to identify those persons eligible to possess and acquire firearms and firearm ammunition as part of a public safety initiative in the State of Illinois. The FOID card is NOT a "conceal and carry" card.
Who needs a FOID Card?
Unless specifically exempted by statute, any Illinois resident who acquires or possesses firearms, firearm ammunition, tasers or stun guns within the State must have in their possession a valid FOID card issued in his or her name. Non-residents are not required to have a FOID card.
Are there exemptions to the requirement of a FOID Card?
Yes, The FOID Act, 430 ILCS 65/2(b) outlines the following exemptions.