Originally published 4/9, then updated 4/24* & 5/18**
On April 9th the Director of the Illinois State Police, Brendan Kelly, filed emergency rules regarding FOID and CCL renewals being affected by the current stay at home order.
"Springfield, IL – The Illinois State Police filed emergency rules this week to address renewals of Firearm Owner Identification and Concealed Carry Licenses during the COVID-19 epidemic.
These rules are designed to provide FOID card holders and CCL relief from the renewal requirements during the effects of COVID-19 pandemic.
These rule changes are as follows:
• FOID card holders, who submit their renewal application will remain valid during the duration of the state’s disaster proclamation and for a period of 12 months following the termination of the disaster, even if their renewal application is/was not submitted prior to expiration.
• CCL licensees, who submit their renewal application, will remain valid during the duration of the state’s disaster proclamation and for a period of 12 months following its termination, even if their CCL renewal application was not submitted prior to expiration.
• CCL licensees will not be required to immediately submit proof of three-hour training with their CCL renewal application.
• CCL licensees will need to submit proof of their three-hour renewal training within 12 months following the termination of the state’s disaster proclamation in order to maintain the validity of their CCL license.
ISP will continue to enforce both FOID and CCL prohibitors. FOID card holders who receive revocation notices shall return their FOID and Firearm Disposition Record form to the Illinois State Police. CCL holders who receive revocation notices shall return their CCL license to the Illinois State Police.
These new rules are effective immediately."
This is EXTREMELY good news
Hopefully this can alleviate some of the stress we know many of you were feeling, worrying about your FOID and CCW cards expiring without you being able to renew. We know we are relieved too because we have been trying our best to make sure we offered enough concealed carry renewal classes, but it has been very difficult with social distancing requirements and limited instructor availability.
The ISPFSB website has been flooded recently with new FOID card applications in response to the Covid-19 crises.
So keep in mind even if you are able to submit your FOID or CCL renewal application, it will probably be very delayed in getting approved and your new card mailed out. We are very encouraged though that the state police have taken action in response to what they know will be a problem with expiring cards.
*If you would like to make a gun purchase with us but your FOID card is expired, please complete your renewal application and bring with you to the store a print out of your application summary page showing your FOID card in "Under Review"
**The ispfsb.com website has now been updated to accept Concealed Carry Renewal applications WITHOUT the normally required training certificate. After successfully submitting an application your expiration date will now show as "COVID-19" which refers to the extension as a result of the emergency rules.
If you are trying to apply for your CCL renewal you are unfortunately going to have to wait until the ISP update their website if you don't already have your 3 hr Renewal Training Certificate. Although as stated below residents will not be required to immediately submit proof of training for the online application, it is still requiring you to upload a copy of your training certificate before you can successfully submit the renewal application. We will update this post again when they have updated their website to allow people to apply without uploading a certificate of training.