Obtaining a copy of your current Illinois Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) or “Rap Sheet” is advisable for individuals to check their record for accuracy or clear their record through the expungement process. Once you have reviewed your Illinois criminal record information, if you feel that any part of the report is inaccurate, incomplete, or eligible for expungement, you can file a “Record Challenge” form with the Illinois State Police (ISP) to clear all eligible records.
The first step is to apply for an Illinois Access and Review to receive a copy of your current Illinois criminal record history. An Access and Review check will require you to be fingerprinted in order to make a positive biometric confirmation to the person identified in the criminal record. The process is fast and easy. Follow the steps below.
*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.
Review your Access and Review report to promptly begin the petition process using one of the following options:
All states, including Illinois, report conviction information to the FBI. If a federal offense occurs in Illinois, the charges and arrest record are only compiled at the FBI level and not at the State level. To check that one’s FBI criminal record history is accurate and up-to-date, an individual can follow up with a FBI Identity History Summary (IdHS) check, often referred to as a Departmental Order (556-73). An individual should also check to make sure that their updated state record is accurate and up-to-date at the FBI level. To find out more, click here
In November 2020, a state-funded initiative called New Leaf Illinois was announced. New Leaf Illinois aims to connect applicants with nonprofit organizations offering free legal representation and information on expunging marijuana arrests or convictions. Applicants can visit New Leaf Illinois and fill out an online form to be paired with a legal professional from one of the 20 member organizations to determine what options are available to them. The New Leaf Illinois hotline number is 855-963-9532.
Illinois Community Legal Aid Resources:
Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic, www.cgla.net
Chicago Volunteer Legal Service, https://www.cvls.org/
DuPage Legal Aid, http://www.dupagelegalaid.org/
Illinois Legal Aid Online, https://pslegal.org/en Español, https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/es
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc., https://lincolnlegal.org/
Legal Aid Chicago, https://www.legalaidchicago.org/
Prairie state Legal Services, https://pslegal.org/
Illinois state Police
Illinois Office of the state Appellate Defender (OSAD)
Access and Review returns your entire Illinois Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) or Rap Sheet, all compiled (reported) Illinois state criminal history data, not just conviction information.
Illinois Law, specifically the Illinois Criminal Identification Act 20 ILCS 2630/7, and Illinois Administrative Rule governs the procedural guidelines permitting an individual to approach a licensed live scan fingerprint vendor for the purpose of obtaining their entire Illinois criminal history rap sheet.
For more on Access and Review visit: accuratebiometrics.com/illinois/services/access-review
Recent research on the number of Americans that have a been incarcerated and have a criminal record has uncovered staggering statistics1:
A 2009 Justice Department study found that a past criminal conviction of any sort reduces the likelihood of a job offer by nearly 50 percent.2
It is no surprise that having a record makes a job search that much harder. The difficulties to making a better life created by having a criminal record include:3
An estimated 20-30 million Americans could clear their criminal records partially or entirely.4
With so many people eligible to have their record cleared (expungement and/or record sealing), what barriers are keeping individuals from pursuing criminal record clearing?5
Accurate Biometrics, a trusted fingerprint service provider for 20 years, offers fingerprinting for Illinois Access and Review criminal history record checks. Results are mailed to the applicant directly from the state (allow 7 to 10 business days). The cost is $50. Click here to learn more, https://accuratebiometrics.com/illinois/services/access-review
We offer walk-in service at over 40 locations in Illinois. For a live schedule of hours and locations, visit: https://accuratebiometrics.com/results-by-zip
Accurate Biometrics also offers a Personal or Self FBI Background Check to individuals who would like a federal nationwide records check. Information on how to get a FBI Background Check (Departmental Order 5556-73) can be found here:https://accuratebiometrics.com/nationwide/services/fbi-personal-background
1 Every Second, The Impact of Incarceration on America’s Families | Key Findings, December 2018, published by FWD.us, https://everysecond.fwd.us/downloads/EverySecond.fwd.us.pdf
2 Investigating Prisoner Reentry: The Impact of Conviction Status on the Employment Prospects of Young Men, by Devah Pager and Bruce Western, October 2009, a National Institute of Justice Grant, Award 2005-IJ-CX-0019, www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/228584.pdf
3,5 Repairing the Road to Redemption: How “Clean Slate” Policies Are Reshaping California’s Criminal Justice Reform Landscape, by Evonne M. Silva, Code for America, March 2019, https://calbudgetcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/PI-19-Silva-slides.pdf
4 The Second Chance Gap, by Colleen V. Chien, October 24, 2019, Michigan Law Review, Forthcoming. SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3265335