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Can My FOID Card Be Reinstated in Illinois?

Posted on behalf of Edward J. Donahue Law, P.C. | January 18, 2024

Yes. A Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card is a document that Illinois residents must have to own or possess firearms and ammunition legally. In certain situations, the state might seize or revoke a FOID card. The good news is that it’s possible to reinstate the card in certain situations. Here’s what you need to know about FOID card reinstatement in Illinois.


Requirements for a FOID Card in Illinois

The Illinois State Police issues FOID cards. To get a FOID card, you must meet several requirements. First, you must be at least 21 years old. If you’re younger than 21, you need the consent of a parent or guardian who is FOID eligible.

You must also be a resident of Illinois. You can’t get an FOID card if you’re an undocumented immigrant or a non-immigrant visa holder. Applicants must not have any felony convictions and must not be addicted to narcotics. You cannot have been a patient in a mental health facility within the past five years. You also must not have a restraining order for domestic violence against you or any convictions for domestic battery, assault, or similar violent offenses.


Reasons Why a FOID Card Might Be Revoked

A FOID card in Illinois might be subject to revocation for several reasons. Common reasons why the state might revoke the card include the following:

  • Felony Convictions:If you are convicted of a felony, your FOID card will be revoked.
  • Domestic Violence Convictions:If you have been convicted of domestic battery or a similar offense, this can lead to revocation.
  • Narcotics Addiction:If there is evidence that you are addicted to narcotics, the state could revoke your FOID card.
  • Misdemeanor Convictions (Under 21):If you are under 21 and have been convicted of a misdemeanor other than a traffic offense, your FOID card can be revoked.
  • Protection Orders:Being subject to an order of protection can also result in revocation.


Reinstating a Revoked FOID Card

You can follow a specific appeal process to reinstate a revoked FOID card in Illinois. First, you should surrender your card to local law enforcement and complete a Firearm Disposition Record as required by the FOID Act within 48 hours of receiving the revocation notification​​​​.

Next, you need to gather all the necessary documents for the appeal. Depending on the circumstances, this might include a Mental Health Certification Form or a Request for Investigation and Waiver of Liability. Then, you’ll need to complete and submit a Request for FOID Relief and Reinstatement of Firearms Rights Form, your Firearm Disposition Record, and any other necessary documents.

It’s important to remember that submitting the required documents does not guarantee the reinstatement of your FOID card, but it is a necessary step to begin the review process. An Illinois FOID lawyer can help you prepare the proper documentation and confidently pursue your reinstatement.


Contact a FOID Lawyer in Illinois Today

If your FOID card has been revoked in Illinois, don’t hesitate to reach out to Edward J. Donahue Law, P.C. We can review your situation, answer your questions, and discuss whether reinstatement might be an option. Contact us now to get started with your free initial consultation session.

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