Illinois FOID card problems: Calumet City woman says she received card with wrong picture after year wait

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CHICAGO (WLS) — There are new complaints about Illinois’ firearm ID, or FOID, playing cards, this time from a lady in Calumet Metropolis who mentioned after ready practically a yr for her credentials, solely to get a card with a stranger’s face on it.

Koffie Brown mentioned she has no clue who the person within the image is, and may’t get the state to repair the issue.

She mentioned she by no means thought it will take this lengthy to obtain her FOID card and now she’s questioning if she’ll have to attend one other yr for the state to get it proper.

“I am able to buy a firearm,” Brown mentioned. “I waited a yr.”

Brown mentioned she utilized for her FOID card in July 2020.

“I do not perceive why we’ve to undergo all of this to have the ability to carry a gun. I do not perceive it,” she mentioned.

To make issues worse, when she lastly acquired her card it had another person’s image and signature together with her identify and private data.

“I am like who is that this man and who has my data?” she mentioned. “It sort of spooked me.”

Complaints have been rolling in about FOID playing cards and Hid Carry Licenses for greater than a yr. Dozens of individuals throughout the state mentioned they have been ready for his or her firearm credentials for months, and may’t get ahold of anybody from the state to get solutions.

Brown mentioned the entire expertise left her very annoyed.

“I am nonetheless in limbo ready on this card. I already took my hid carry class, however I am unable to apply for that till I’ve my FOID card so I am nonetheless caught,” she mentioned.

The I-Crew reached out to Illinois State Police, who administer the credentials. They apologized for the wrong image, saying partly, “This was the results of a coding error within the software program from a program that was written 5 years in the past…These playing cards symbolize about 1% of the playing cards processed within the first 4 months of 2021. As quickly because the error was found, the Illinois State Police (ISP) Firearms Companies Bureau (FSB) printed and mailed the entire recognized picture errors.”

As for the FOID card and CCL delays, ISP mentioned, “New FOID backlog has decreased by 18% and renewal backlog has decreased by 38% since March 2020, which may be attributed partly to extra hiring and technological advances.”

New FOID purposes are taking the state virtually 5 months to course of, and FOID card renewals are taking simply over six months in response to ISP’s website.

Brown mentioned she nonetheless hasn’t gotten her corrected FOID card.

“Get it collectively,” she mentioned. “It shouldn’t take this lengthy to use for a FOID card. Rent individuals. Do what you want to do. You shouldn’t have a citizen ready a yr.”

ISP mentioned they’re at present requesting laws that might assist streamline the firearm credentialing course of, like consolidating the FOID and CCL card right into a single card, and creating an digital card that may be immediately up to date.

Brown mentioned the state lastly did get again to her and mentioned she ought to obtain her new card, however did not say when.

To see common wait occasions for FOID card and CCLs, click here.

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