Update January 1st 2022: The Illinois State Police will begin issuing new Firearm Owner Identification cards and will no longer issue Concealed Carry Licenses. To clarify, there will be just one card issued. On this card, if you are licensed to carry a concealed firearm, it shall be indicated on the FOID card. Until you receive this new merged identification card, the following information is accurate.
When Concealed Carry was first signed into law, it was a requirement to always have on your person (while carrying a concealed firearm), both your FOID card and Concealed Carry License. Seems a little redundant? That is no longer the case.
Shortly after Governor Rauner took office he signed, what is known as, a “clean up bill”. This cleanup bill made changes to the Illinois Firearm Owners Identification Card Act, as follows…
(430 ILCS 65/2) (from Ch. 38, par. 83-2)
Sec. 2. Firearm Owner’s Identification Card required; exceptions.
(a) (1) No person may acquire or possess any firearm, stun gun, or taser within this State without having in his or her possession a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card previously issued in his or her name by the Department of State Police under the provisions of this Act.
(2) No person may acquire or possess firearm ammunition within this State without having in his or her possession a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card previously issued in his or her name by the Department of State Police under the provisions of this Act.
(c-5) The provisions of paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (a) of this Section regarding the possession of firearms and firearm ammunition do not apply to the holder of a valid concealed carry license issued under the Firearm Concealed Carry Act who is in physical possession of the concealed carry license.
You do not need to carry your FOID if you have your Illinois Concealed Carry License on your person. However FOID is still required for such things as carrying a switch blade or armed security work.