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FOID and Carry Permit Applications Moved Online

Illinois Conceal CarryWith its gun control laws being among the strictest in the nation, the state of Illinois carefully monitors the application and registration process for gun owners. A recent change, however, was aimed at making the process more convenient for owners and dealers alike. Illinois residents looking to obtain a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card or a Concealed Carry License (CCL) are now required to utilize an online application system provided by the Illinois State Police (ISP).

New Online Process

Rolling out the changes earlier this year , the ISP and state authorities looked to streamline and modernize the application process. Previously, an online system was available for concealed carry applications, but required applicants to set up a digital ID through the state’s Department of Central Management Services. Meanwhile, FOID applicants were required to file paper forms.

Beginning in March, the paper applications have been eliminated , and the application process for both the FOID and CCL have been combined into a single system. In addition, obtaining the digital ID through Central Management Services is no longer required; instead, applicants will be able to provide their existing state ID or driver’s license information to access the new system. Those without internet access, minors under 21 without state-issued ID, and Amish applicants can contact the ISP’s call center for help with applying.

The new system also makes it easier for Federal Firearm Licensed (FFL) dealers to conduct the required background checks before selling a firearm to a properly licensed individual. FFLs are also required to register via the ISP system, but by making the appropriate information available in a single, user-friendly database, the ISP hopes to make the process easier and more efficient for everyone involved.

Illinois Weapons Offenses

In the state of Illinois, illegal possession of a firearm can be a very serious matter. An individual may face charges and potential criminal penalties for carrying or transporting a firearm without an appropriate license. That is why understanding the proper procedures for safe, legal gun ownership is so important.

If you or a family member has been charged with any type of weapons offense, choosing the right attorney is critical to the successful handling of your case. At our law firm, we realize how difficult such a situation can be and have the skill and experienced to help you. Contact an experienced Will County criminal defense attorney today to schedule your free consultation.

Penalties for Fake IDs May Be Severe

Resisting ArrestIt may seem like something that everyone is doing. Your friend says he knows a guy who can get you the perfect fake ID . You will be able to get into the cool clubs or buy beer—nothing too crazy. You are not going to drink too much or get into trouble or anything. You just deserve to have a good time, right?

Wrong

Possession of a fraudulent identification card, or fake ID, in Illinois is a crime, regardless of how it may be utilized. In addition, fake IDs are often used to facilitate underage drinking , which can also result in serious legal and criminal consequences.

Under Illinois law , a fraudulent identification card refers to an ID card of any type purporting to be official identification, “for which a computerized number and file have not been created by the Secretary of State, the United States Government or any state or political subdivision thereof or any other governmental or quasi-governmental organization.” Additionally, any such card which resembles an official ID card in size, color, print, or design is considered, for purposes of the law, to be a fake ID.

The authority for enforcing the state’s laws regarding fraudulent identification cards is statutorily granted to the Illinois Secretary of State. Current Secretary of State Jesse White has taken the responsibility very seriously, establishing the Safe ID Task in 2009. In addition, his office regularly oversees educational efforts and reminders for citizens of all ages, including those looking to obtain fake IDs for underage drinking purposes.

Last fall, Secretary White published an open letter in a number of regional newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune highlighting the potential penalties for using a fake ID. An individual who is convicted of possessing a false driver’s license or ID is subject to one year suspension of driving privileges, a minimum $500 fine or 50 hours of community service and up to three years in prison. Unlawful possession or use of a fake ID is prosecutable as a Class A misdemeanor for a first offense. Subsequent offenses may be charged as Class 4 felonies.

If you have been charged with possession of a fake ID, underage drinking, or any other related crime, you need the help of a lawyer who is committed to your case. Contact an experienced criminal defense in Joliet today to schedule a free consultation. At the Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba, we have worked with many clients facing similar situations and are prepared to help you.

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