Overview Description

Records of arrests—and charges not initiated by an arrest—resulting in acquittal, dismissal, or release without charging can be sealed by the court. 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(c)(2)(A), (B).

Ineligible Category or Citation

Minor traffic offenses, unless released without charge. 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(a)(3)(B).

Procedure General

The petition to expunge the records must be filed with the clerk of the court where the arrests occurred or the charges were brought, or both. If arrests occurred and charges were brought in multiple jurisdictions, a petition must be filed in each such jurisdiction. 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(d)(1). For the specific procedure, see 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(c), (d).


There is a fee, unless the petitioner qualifies for a fee waiver.  20 ILCS 2630/5.2(d)(1), (1.5), (10).


The records are made unavailable unless requested by court order, and the petitioner's name is obliterated from the official index. 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(a)(1)(K). In response to an inquiry from anyone not authorized to access records, an agency is to reply as if no record ever existed. 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(d)(9)(C).


For applications regarding the expungement of records in Illinois, visit here.

Waiting Periods

The petition can be filed any time following acquittal, dismissal, or release without charging.

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