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Illinois State Police progresses in reduction of FOID backlog

Backlog down to 7,800 renewals

After implementation of a streamlined process for FOID renewals and the hiring of additional firearms eligibility analyst trainees, the Illinois State Police announced progress in the processing of FOID renewals.

The ISP Firearms Services Bureau is processing FOID renewal applications in 38 calendar days, the agency said in a Monday press release. Statutory mandate requires FOID renewal applications to be processed within 60 business days. The FOID renewal backlog reached 138,722 in November 2020, 28,648 in September 2021, and is down to 7,800.

“The Illinois State Police Firearms Services Bureau is committed to a firearms background check system focused on safety, not bureaucracy,” ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly said. “We want to make it easy on the good guys and hard on the bad guys. We continue to improve our workflow and these updated numbers show we are definitely headed in the right direction.”