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Illinois State Repository
IL State Police Bureau of Identification
Civil Processing Unit
All arrests that result in convictions are considered public record. These Illinois criminal records can be requested by the public. All other Illinois criminal records are released only to individuals requesting their own criminal records, to authorized employers or to law enforcement or state agencies.
Access to Illinois Court Records
The Illinois State Police Bureau of Identification acts as a repository for criminal records. Members of the public may request criminal records without the subject’s permission, as long as the arrest resulted in a conviction. Requests for non-fingerprint conviction information or fingerprint conviction information must be submitted on an original Conviction Information Request Form. Because each form is coded with its own processing number, copies of the form can not be processed. Forms are available from the Illinois State Police Bureau of Identification in Joliet. All requests must follow the instructions on the form.
Each non-fingerprint request costs $16. Each fingerprint requests costs $20. Payment may be made by check or money order, payable to the Illinois State Police Bureau of Identification.
The Uniform Conviction Information Act of 1991 mandates that all conviction records in Illinois be maintained by the Illinois State Police. Older records may be available by contacting the bureau.
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