Expungement/Sealing

Pursuant to Section 5.2 of the Criminal Identification Act (20 ILCS 2630/5.2) allows qualifying arrests, supervisions and convictions to be either expunged or sealed.


  1. Websites and information-The customer can visit the following websites to obtain information about getting started and obtaining all necessary forms:
    www.illinoiscourts.gov/Forms/approved
    http://state.il.us/defender/exp.html
  2. The customer will need to complete the Illinois Supreme Court standardized forms to Request the Court expunge or seal their records (whichever applies). The customer will be charged a filing fee in order to establish a new civil MR case number.
  3. The customer will need to provide all mailing addresses for recipients receiving notice; the customer will be charged for each mailing prepared and sent out.
  4. The customer will need to provide enough sets of the pleadings in order to ensure that mailings can be completed. The customer will be charged by our office to prepare copy sets if they do not have adequate copies.
  5. The customer will not need the order form at the time of filing, but should have it to present to the Judge at their court date. 
  6. Agencies have sixty (60) days to file an objection after receiving the Request to Expunge or Seal. The Clerk of the Court will set up a status appearance date approximately seventy (70) days from the initial filing date to allow for enough time for agencies to respond.
  7. The customer will appear in court on the status date, time and location set forth by the Clerk of the Court. 
  8. If no objections were filed within the allowed time, the customer will present their completed Order to the Judge if their request/petition is granted.  If written objections were filed within the allowed time, the Judge shall order that a hearing be scheduled (approximately 30 days from the initial court date). The Judge shall order the Clerk of the Court to notify all agencies of the hearing date. 
  9. If the Order is granted the customer must pay the Clerk of the Court to prepare and mail out certified copies to all recipients/agencies receiving notice.  Additionally, the customer must furnish a personal check or money order to the Circuit Clerk payable to the Department of the State Police in the amount of $60.00 (per MR court order). Refer to the Illinois Complied Statute 20 ILCS 2630/5(j) to obtain details regarding collection provisions of the Office of the Illinois State Police. 

Note to Customer: For quality assurance the customer must pay both fees at the same time, otherwise mailings of the certified copies of the order will not be mailed out to the recipients/agencies. 

LOCATION IN WHICH REQUESTS ARE HEARD

Pursuant to Administrative Order of the 12th Judicial Circuit Court, the requests are heard by the Presiding Judge of the Felony Division in Courtroom 405 at the Will County Court House, 14 W. Jefferson Street, Joliet, Illinois on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. 

 

 

 

 

Expungement Links
State Appellate Defender Banner

Expungement Instructions & Forms


Instructional Handout For Petition To Expunge Juvenile Record-Revised 2016


Criminal Case Expungement Fact Sheet 

Fact Sheet is only available through the Illinois Director of Expungement Unit. 

Ashley Richardson, Director of Expungement Unit. 
400 W. Monroe St.
P.O. Box 5240
Springfield, IL 62705-5240

You may call the toll-free hotline phone number (866) 787-1776.
E-mail: expungement@osad.state.il.us 
Or visit their website at: http://state.il.us/defender/