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You can have some or all of your Illinois Criminal History Record Information sealed or expunged from view from most employer criminal background checks!
The first step is to apply for an Illinois Access and Review to receive a copy of your complete Illinois criminal record history. You will need fingerprinting as part of the process. Stop into any Accurate Biometrics location for fast, easy, walk-in fingerprinting. Your Illinois criminal history report or "rap sheet" is mailed directly from the Illinois State Police to your home address. To learn more about Illinois Record Clearing, click here.
*Price: The walk-in client fee is $50, due at the time of fingerprinting. The price includes state processing fees. We accept credit/debit cards, company checks and money orders. We do not accept cash or personal checks. Click here to view the complete list of payment terms.
The State of Illinois states that “law enforcement agencies and correctional facilities” report Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) to the Illinois State Police (ISP).
There are 6 Chicago area county circuit courts reporting, including:
Cook County – all Municipal Circuit Courts
Dupage County – 18th Judicial Circuit
Lake County – 19th Judicial Circuit
Will County – 12th Judicial Circuit
Kane County – 16th Judicial Circuit
McHenry County – 22nd Judicial Circuit
And reporting from all other courts in the Illinois judicial court system – 24 in total.
Illinois Law allows an individual to have the ability to access their entire criminal history record information, permitting an individual the opportunity to review and challenge any criminal history information they feel may be inaccurate or incomplete. Applying for an Illinois Access and Review – which returns the entire Illinois criminal history record – is the first step in the expungement process to clear one's record.
Specifically, Illinois Compiled Statute 20 ILCS 2630/7 states the Illinois State Police (ISP) shall establish rules to allow an individual to review and correct any criminal history record information they may hold. Effective July 15, 2015, the Administrative Code governing the procedural guidelines for an individual to view their entire criminal record, specifically, Title 20, Part 1210, Section 1210.20 was modified. These Administrative rules were revised to allow an individual to use the services of a licensed live scan fingerprint vendor to request their complete criminal history record information transcript (rap sheet).
Historically, the individual wishing to review their entire Illinois Criminal History Record Information transcript was required to report to a law enforcement facility providing this service
If you feel that any part of your Illinois criminal history record is inaccurate or incomplete, attached to the Illinois state Police results of your “Access and Review” fingerprint based response, will be a corresponding “Record Challenge” form.
Document on this form the information that you feel may be inaccurate or incomplete. The completed Record Challenge form must be sent to the Illinois state Police for review and response to the address appearing on the form.
For more information about Illinois record clearing, click here.
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