Why do I need copies of my criminal records?
Criminal records list the offenses you were arrested for, the offenses you were charged with, and the outcome of the cases including any sentences you received. You need this information to find out if your offenses can be expunged (erased) or sealed (hidden) and to fill out the form.
What are the different types of criminal records?
- Court Disposition: The final judgment or outcome in a court case. There are no court dispositions for arrests or charges that did not lead to a court case.
- Chicago RAP Sheet (Record of Arrests and Prosecutions): List of all arrests, charges, and court case outcomes that happened in Chicago.
- Illinois State Police Statewide Criminal History Transcript: List of all arrests and convictions that happened in Illinois.
How do I get copies of my criminal records?
Get information from the Illinois State Police
You are allowed to access your entire criminal history information from the Illinois State Police. Although not required, it guarantees you have your entire criminal record. You can get this "Statewide Criminal History Transcript" to make sure that you have your entire criminal record in 3 ways:
- Directly from the Illinois State Police: Illinois State Police, Bureau of Identification 260 North Chicago Street, Joliet, Illinois 60432 (815) 740-5160
- Every law enforcement agency is allowed to provide you this information. Check with your local law enforcement agency to find out costs and times for fingerprinting.
- You can also go to any licensed LiveScan vendor to get your transcript. Find a LiveScan vendor.
Get information from the Circuit Clerk
Many court records are available online. Other counties, like Cook County, do not provide online access to criminal records. In this case, go to the Circuit Clerk’s Office in the county where your case was filed. Ask the Circuit Clerk for copies of your court dispositions or use the public computer at the courthouse to look them up and print them out. There may be a fee to get copies of or print out your court dispositions, but you can look at them on the computer and write down the information for free. Find your Circuit Clerk's website.
Get information from the Chicago Police Department
Order a RAP sheet from the Chicago Police Department if you were arrested in Chicago. There may be a waiting period before you get your RAP sheet. There will be a fee ($16 as of 2016).
- You must go to the Chicago Police Department to get your Chicago RAP sheet: Chicago Police Headquarters 3510 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL (312) 745-5508
- You should also request a copy of your Illinois State Police Statewide Criminal History Transcript. The Chicago Police will provide your state record for no additional cost.