State Police ask gun owners to renew FOID cards early

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The Illinois State Police are urging firearm owners to file their paperwork early to renew their Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) cards. The first wave of the 10-year renewal is expected to create a backlog of renewal applications.

“More than 50,000 FOID cards are due for renewal between June 1 and August 1 due to amendments to State laws on the 10-year renewal process in 2008.  I am urging my constituents who are FOID holders to renew as early as possible to allow adequate time for processing before expiration,” said State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) on Tuesday.

The Illinois State Police oversee the FOID card system and issues the cards that are required to buy or posses a firearm or ammunition in the state. Renewal notices have already been sent to those whose cards will expire June 1st.

Applicants can visit the ISP’s Firearm Services Bureau website at to renew online for $10.

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