As of March 2015, you may only complete an Illinois Firearm Owner Identification card application online through the Illinois State Police website. If you do not have Internet access, you can call the department's call center so that a staff member can input your data online.
To apply online at the Illinois State Police Firearms Service Bureau website, you must provide your full name, date of birth, residential address and identification card or driver's license number. You also must upload a recent color photograph with no obstruction of your facial features. You must then create a user name and password and answer four security questions.
In order to be eligible for the FOID card, you must be 21 years old or have a sponsor or guardian who is eligible for the card. You must not have been convicted for a felony, domestic battery or aggravated assault. You must not be a fugitive from justice or subject to an existing order of protection. You should not have failed a drug test in the past year and you must not be a narcotics addict. You should also not be developmentally or mentally disabled or have been diagnosed with a mental illness in the past five years.
Amish applicants may only apply through the alternative call-in method. The application will be mailed to the applicant who must provide a set of fingerprints and answer criminal history questions. FOID card applications cost $10.