Illinois Firearm (Gun) Bill of Sale Form

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The Illinois firearm (gun) bill of sale form is a significant document encapsulating the essential details of a purchase and sale agreement pertaining to a rifle, pistol, shotgun, etc. When the buyer and seller come together to commence the exchange, both parties will disclose the information necessary to accurately record the transaction. Such information will include data specific to both parties, the firearm, and the arrangement that has been agreed upon. It is important to sign the contract within the proximity of a notary public who can validate the document’s authenticity. Note that all private sales in the state of Illinois must incorporate a background check on the individual purchasing the firearm, according to 430 ILCS 65/3 (a-5).

How to Register a Gun

According to the technical terminology of the law, there is no firearm registration required within the state of Illinois per se, but there is a comparable method of logging gun owners. This method demands that any individuals looking to possess a rifle, pistol, or shotgun must first acquire a FOID (Firearm Owners I.D.) card. It functions as a permit to purchase & own and is a prerequisite to achieving a CCL (Concealed Carry License).

How to Obtain a FOID Card

In order to lawfully be in possession of a firearm (and ammunition), inquiring parties must complete the necessary steps demanded by the ISP (Illinois State Police). Applications are processed through the ISP’s website, so individuals interested in applying must have access to a computer (it is not recommended to use a mobile device). Residents who are 21 or older must be prepared to do/have the following:

  • Make sure that you are eligible to buy/own a firearm.
  • Create an account on the Firearms Service Bureau’s website to allow you to fill out an application.
  • A state-granted driver’s license or identification card.
  • Must be able to disclose your:
    • Legal Name
    • Birth Date
    • Residential Address
    • State I.D or Driver’s License Number
  • A clear, color photo of the applicant’s face (taken within 30 days of applying) can be uploaded online. (Must be from the top of the shoulders to the top of the head, photos that do not meet the recommended standards will be rejected.)
  • If the applicant is at least 18 years of age, but under 21, they must provide an affidavit signed by their legal guardian.
  • A form of payment that can be used electronically, such as a credit/debit card or electronic check. Fees to expect:
    • Application Fee – $10
    • E-Pay Service Fee – 2.35% of the total charge, or a minimum of $1

If you cannot access a computer, there is a second option of contacting the ISP’s hotline number at (217) 782-7980. A representative will inquire about information regarding your application, therefore, allowing them to complete the form (must be prepared to relay payment information over the phone). They will then mail the application to your postal address and insist that you answer some additional questions, sign the document, and attach the required headshots with translucent tape. The application shall then be delivered back to the department for final processing.

The ISP has up to 30 days to accept or decline your request. You may check your application’s status by signing into the online account you created. If your submission was approved, your FOID card will remain valid for a period of 10 years. (For more info on the “Firearm Owners Identification Card Act”, preview Chapter 430 ILCS 65.)

How to Obtain a Concealed Carry Permit

All individuals looking to carry a concealed handgun on their persons in Illinois must procure a license with the state (subject to 430 ILCS 66). The application process is handled online, so anyone interested in attaining this license must first gain access to an available computer (phones and/or tablets will not suffice). It is important that the individual applying has the ability to submit some of the following requests electronically. Apply by completing the following actions on the checklist below:

  • Determine whether or not you meet the eligibility criteria to acquire a CCL.
  • Register through the state’s website (enroll by providing inquired information and creating a unique username and passcode).
  • Provide an unobstructed, color photograph of the applicant (must be a frontal view of the person’s face from the shoulders to the top of the head). The picture has to be taken within 30 days of filing.
  • Must supply the last 10 years of your residential history.
  • Have an official form of photo identification on hand:
    • State ID
    • Driver’s License
  • Be prepared with your personal FOID card that you attained to legally own a firearm.
  • To expedite your filing request, visit a live scan fingerprinting service. Notify them that an electronic scan of the fingerprints is needed for a CCL application. After being administered, you will be provided with a code to include within your application. (If you decide not to provide the electronic fingerprints, an extra 30 days will be added to the process to perform a manual background check.)
  • Confirmation that the individual seeking licensee status has followed through with a certified CCL training program (must be a 16-hour course administered by an instructor who is considered qualified by the ISP).
  • If the applicant is a non-resident, they must furnish an affidavit confirming that they correspond with the local rules and regulations (must be notarized by an authorized official).
  • Fees must be paid at the time of application, which may only be satisfied with an electronic method of payment (credit/debit card or electronic check):
    • Cost of Application for Residents – $150
    • Cost of Application for Non-Residents – $300

If you are incapable of accessing the online application service, you may employ the call-in method instead. Call (217) 782-7890 and dial “0” to speak with a customer service rep on receiving a physical paper form through the mail.

Allow 90 days for the department to review your application for issuance or denial. If you are issued the license, it will maintain validity for a maximum of 5 years.

How to Write

Step 1 – Download in Adobe PDF.

Step 2 – Transferor/Transferee Information – Both parties must supply the following requested details concerning their contact info:

  • Name
  • Mailing Address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip
  • Driver’s License Number
  • IL FOID #
  • Exp. Date of FOID Card (dd/mm/yyyy)

Step 2 – Firearm Being Sold – Provide a description of the gun being transferred by entering the data into the spaces that correspond with the requested information:

  • Manufacturer
  • Model
  • Caliber
  • Serial Number

Step 3 – Sale Info – The form requires that the participants fill in the necessary fields that express how the transaction will unfold:

  • Dollar Sum of the Purchase Price (in word format)
  • Dollar Sum of the Purchase Price (in number format)
  • Enter the date on which the sale is being conducted (month, day, year).
  • Individuals partaking in a trade (as opposed to a sale) must mark the specified box and define the terms & conditions within the designated area.

Step 4 – Disclosures – Individuals should each read the disclosure statements catered to their side of the transaction. If they insist that the statements made are correct, they shall then sign on the proper line presented below.

Step 5 – Signature/Notarial Section – Both sides partaking in the exchange must provide the following in the presence of a notary public:

  • Buyer’s Signature & Printed Name
  • Seller’s Signature & Printed Name
  • 2 Witness Signatures & Printed Names

The lawful authority will then fulfill the duty of notarizing the document.