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 Format(Size)Two (2) identical photographs must be submitted,  They should be 1¼" x 1½"  in Width and Height.  They should show a close up of your face and the top of your shoulders so that your face takes up between 70% - 80% of the face or 1.05" to 1.2" from the chin to the crown of the head. The photo must clearly show the person's facial features in a straight forward position from the tip of the chin to the crown of the head as well as the left and right sides of the face.  In the case of voluminous hair, it must be ensured that the head (including the hairstyle) is fully depicted without reducing the size of the face, if possible.  The face must be centered in the photo and no more than six months old, to ensure an up to date likeness. 
 BackgroundThe background should be white.  The background should not have any pattern. The photo should show only the person to be photographed (no other persons or objects in the photo). No shadows must be shown on the background.



You need to take the photo with a neutral expression with your mouth closed, not laughing, smiling, frowning and not showing your teeth. With both eyes open, contrived expressions such as raised eyebrows or squinting are not acceptable.
 Head Position The head of the person photographed should be neither at an angle nor turned (portrait style).  Your head must be square to the camera; your face can not be slightly rotated and or tilted. Your face and eyes must be straight towards the camera so we can see an equal amount of each ear and cheek.
 Eyes & Line of  sightThe person in the photo must look directly into the camera. The eyes must be open and dearly visible and may not be covered by hair or spectacle frames.  The camera lens must be at the eye level of the person being photographed , not from above or below
The face must be evenly illuminated by the flash on the camera. Reflections or shadows on the face as well as red eyes must be avoided.  
 Photo Quality
The photo should be printed on high-quality paper with a print resolution of at least 600 dpi (especially when taken with a digital camera). The photo must be neutral in color and skin tones should appear natural. The photo should have no creases or impurities . Photograph cannot be manipulated, for example, by removing spots or softening lines.  Photos must be in color.
 Wearing  GlassesPlease take off your glasses; it will guarantee your photo passing. If you must wear your glasses there cannot be any glare anywhere on the glass and the frame cannot cover any part of your eyes. The eyes must be clearly recognizable (reflections from glasses, tinted glasses or sunglasses are not permitted). 
 Head wearGenerally speaking, head wear is not permitted. Exceptions are possible, especially for religious reasons. In such cases, the face must be visible from the lower tip of the chin to the forehead. No shadows should be visible on the face.

The face must be sharply focused in all areas, rich in contrast and clear. 

Applicants will need to provide a color photograph, recently taken and in a likeness of the applicant. The face cannot be obstructed. If applying through the on-line application you will need to upload an electronic photograph that is a color head and shoulders shot with no obstruction of the facial features. If you are applying through the alternative call-in method, you will need to attach the color photo to the front of the paper application with clear tape. PLEASE NOTE: IN ACCORDANCE TO THE FOID ACT, FOR ILLINOIS RESIDENTS OVER THE AGE OF 18, THE ILLINOIS DRIVER'S LICENSE OR IDENTIFICATION CARD PHOTO ON FILE WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE WILL BE USED TO COMPLETE YOUR FOID CARD. YOU MUST STILL PROVIDE THE ILLINOIS STATE POLICE WITH A PHOTO FOR VERIFICATION PURPOSES.

Did you know that bad photographs are the most common reason for the rejection of FOID card applications?  Get your photos done right the first time.  We guarantee if you supply us with a good photo we will size and print your photo correct the first time.  If we have a problem with the photo you supplied us we will contact you via email and ask for a new photo, so you have nothing to lose.

We have been specializing in FOID card photos since 1989.  We will print your FOID photos with the precise measurements needed and print them on the correct paper to guarantee their acceptance. Most FOID photo requirements are different for each state and some are very hard to make correctly to pass the strict photo requirement rules.  Let us do it right the first time so you don’t have to go through the Disappointment of a returned application due to poor photos.  With our long time knowledge and attention to detail we GUARANTEE their acceptance or we will do it again for free. You can upload your photos to us online here ORDER NOW.

This is a non-government site and whilst every effort is made to ensure the information is correct and up to date, there may be changes which we are not aware of.  You should confirm details or any concerns with a FOID  Illinos state Police website or Office.

If you have or know of newer information about FOID -Illinois photo requirements that is different than the specifications you see on this page, please let us know and we will review and include your helpful information in our next updated of this page.  ​Click here to send us updated information►

FOID Firearm owner’s identification card photo specifications & requirements

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FOID Firearm owner’s identification card photos can be made from a photo you take with your camera and we will print it too the exact specification the state of Illinois will accept.  We can also make the digital file needed for the online FOID application.

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Great place to get to your FOID photos sized up and cleaned up right! I got mine and 4 family members' foid photos done here, by Mr Bruce Hallstrom, very satisfied with the photos and very fast shipping too! Passport photos are about to expire too, definitely will be coming here for future photo services. Thanks! 

Merrell Misayah
IL-Illinois, 60639
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Great service! Easy and convenient. I'm so grateful for this service! 

Howard Miller
IL-Illinois, 62543
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I'm very impressed with the service. I sent in the only photo I had available for a FOID card printing. It had too much body and a lot of background wall in the picture, and it was all cropped out into a proper headshot. I got a confirmation of the order processing immediately, and received the mail order that same week. If this is service you need and don't mind the mailing wait, it's very worth the money. 
Chicago, IL 60112

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