How to Clear Your Criminal Record

People with qualifying arrests and convictions may petition the Court of their sentencing county for an expungement or sealing of their records. The filing fee for expungement/sealing is $215.00, which covers the cost of filing the petition, copy fees, mailing and postage fees for the required notices, and fees to the Illinois State Police. There is no fee to file a petition to expunge a juvenile record. 

The office of the Illinois State Appellate Defender provides information to the public about how to expunge/seal a criminal case. 

Statewide approved forms for expungement or sealing are available on the Illinois Courts website.