Do not be surprised if that $3.53 "Convenience" fee goes up to around $5+ in the next year and a half. Illinois has a history of doing that. They did it with the license plate stickers if you wanted to do an online renewal and you used to be able to get 1 copy of a accident report for free, usually you could pick it up at the PD within a couple of days. Now it's all online and it's a $5 service fee and a $1 "Convenience" fee so $6. The same with the FOID, a $1 "Convenience" fee.
As pointed out for the fingerprint thing, I really don't get that at all. In five years usually your shoe size doesn't change, if your fingerprints have, you are not human. I just don't get the logic with the whole extra 30 day thing. "Yeah I robbed that bank, leaving my fingerprints all over the place BUT I had a valid CCL. Is that a problem?"
Basically tack on another $50 to $60 if you want your renewal in a reasonable timeframe. Figure $155 + $50 + the cost of the class which cgs is going to try and keep at $30. That's $235ish but some people will pay more for prints and even though cgs has common decency, don't be surprised if the 3 hour refresher course could cost $75 somewhere else. Now we are at closer to $300.
For a 5 year renewal!
You have to love Illinois and the rules they made to exercise a RIGHT. I have an idea. Why not synch the FOID and CCL together with both having a 10 year expiration. Charge $200 for both. If you just want a FOID $10. Basically if you do something to lose one, chances are you will lose the other. Actually forget about that, that makes too much sense and Illinois is not about to start using common sense.
This week in Springfield proves that.
Edited by Mick G, 25 October 2017 - 08:34 AM.