What is the Age Requirement for a FOID Card?

As a Firearm Instructor and Gun Rights Advocate, a question I often receive is, “What is the Age Requirement for a FOID Card?” or “How old does my child have to be before I can get them a FOID card?”

You may be surprised to learn that there is no age requirement to obtain a FOID card.  For those reading this unsure what a FOID is, the FOID is short for Firearm Owner IDentification card. The FOID card is required to purchase and possess a firearm in Illinois.

Don’t let me gloss over what I just wrote. There is no age requirement for someone to obtain the Illinois FOID card. Infact many people have gotten FOID cards for their children.

People in the anti freedom crowd may be aghast to learn babies may buy guns, but that’s not true.  Though there is no age requirement to obtain a FOID card, there certainly are many age restrictions on ownership and possession of firearms in Illinois. See also: Is it Illegal for kids to have Guns?


The process to obtain a FOID card for your child is similar to your own FOID card. Simply log in to https://www.ispfsb.com and begin the FOID application. The parent or legal guardian must be eligible to for a FOID themselves, and would be required to upload a signed affidavit.  In other words a convicted felon, or otherwise prohibited person, would not be able to sponsor their child.



Thomas Kral

Thomas Kral is an avid gun rights advocate being involved in the movement in Illinois since 2012 and became one of the very first Concealed Carry instructors to be certified by the Illinois State Police in 2013.

Thomas is also a proud father and husband, having said, "The only things more important than 2nd Amendment issues and gun rights are my wife and kids."

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