Highland News Leader

ISP announces merger of concealed-carry license, FOID application processes

The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced Friday that it will begin accepting online firearm owner identification (FOID) applications beginning March 16 to provide a more streamlined and modernized application process.

ISP stopped accepting the current FOID paper applications Monday. However, like the concealed-carry license (CCL), the new FOID application will be available through the ISP’s website or through the paper alternative call center method for those individuals who do not have computer access. Minors under the age of 21 without a state of Illinois driver’s license or identification card and Amish applicants will be required to complete an alternative call-in paper application.

ISP has also made changes to the log-in for both the CCL and FOID applications.

Applicants will no longer be required to obtain a state of Illinois digital I.D. through the Department of Central Management Services. This log-in change will allow users greater accessibility to the new application process. All new applicants and returning CCL applicants will need to register with the Illinois State Police by providing some key identifiers found on their Illinois driver’s license or identification card, creating a username and password, and answering four security questions.

The CCL website will be unavailable beginning Friday, March 13 at 5 p.m., until Monday, March 16 at 7 a.m., in order to implement the new FOID system.

Federal firearm licensed (FFL) dealers will also have access to the web-based portal in order to conduct the required background checks of those wishing to purchase a firearm.

All FFLs in the state of Illinois are required to register with the ISP via the website at www.ispffl.com or by calling (217) 524-3847 to continue to perform background checks after the launch of the new system. The old FTIP system will be closed on March 15 at 4 p.m. to allow data to be transferred to the new system. Beginning March 16 at 8:30 a.m., firearm dealers will be able to submit firearm background transactions via the website and follow up on previously requested checks based upon a transaction number.

Firearm dealers using the web-portal during the first 30 days of implementation will be able to submit transactions at no cost. The traditional fee of $2 is being waived.

Firearm dealers will also still have the option of using the 800-number dial-up process. However, dealers will be charged the $2 processing fee for this option.