There is a fee to file most forms. The cost depends on the type of case you have and the county where you are filing. Contact your local circuit clerk's office for information on the fees.
If you do not have money to pay court fees, use the Application for Waiver of Court Fees program.
In some counties, you must pay all fees at the time of filing. In other counties, the clerk’s office will send you to notice that says you must pay a fee for each court order to be processed. In this case, the Illinois State Police will not seal your record unless you pay this fee or provide proof that your court fees were waived.
Your records will also be sealed by the police agency that arrested you. You may have to pay another fee to the police agency. If your court costs were waived, then you do not have to pay the fee.
Note: From January 1st, 2017 through January 1st, 2019, you do not have to pay a fee in Cook County for the following things:
- Arrests where you were released without being charged;
- Arrests or charges where you were acquitted, or the charges were dismissed;
- Arrests or charges where you were convicted, but the conviction was reversed or vacated; or
- Minor traffic offenses, but only if you were arrested and released without charge.
Updated: August 2017