Clearing an Criminal Record in Illinois: Expunging and Sealing – Finding your Records

Clearing an Criminal Record in Illinois:  Expunging and Sealing

Finding your Records

If you have a criminal record in the State of Illinois and want to clear it, much of it can be sealed or expunged.  Expungement is a civil action in which an individual petitions the court which heard the case originally to enter an order erasing all records relating to the case.  If granted, no record remains, and under Illinois law you can tell employers you have never been arrested.  Further, employers are not allowed to ask if you have ever had a case expunged even during the application process.

We always begin the process by determining exactly what appears on an individual’s record.  Specifically, the reports can be obtained as follows:

For Records in the City of Chicago Only:

Chicago Police Department

Access and Review Division

3510 South Michigan Avenue, First Floor

Chicago, Illinois 60653


Fingerprints taken: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Pick-up criminal history results: Monday – Friday, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Fee: $16.00

For Records in the State of Illinois:

Illinois State Police

Division of Administration – Bureau of Identification

260 North Chicago Street

Joliet, Illinois 60432

815-740-5160, extension 2743

Fee for non-fingerprint conviction information: $16.00

Fee for fingerprint conviction information: $20.00

We have the forms for these in the office – there are no PDF’s

The forms are controlled by number – they must be ordered

For nationwide records:

Federal Bureau of Investigation

U.S. Department of Justice

1000 Custer Hollow Road

Clarksburg WV 26306


Made in writing with all the identifiers of an individual.  Must relate that it is made pursuant to FOIA

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