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Below is a general overview of when juvenile records can be expunged in Illinois. Please note that the Clean Slate Clearinghouse does not provide legal advice.

Read the legal policies and statutes for detailed statutory information.

Juvenile Record Clearance Policies Overview

Most juvenile records can be expunged.

  • If charges were filed against you, but you were not adjudicated (not found guilty), your juvenile record can be expunged at any time. You have to submit a request to the court to start the process, and it is up to the judge whether or not to grant your request.
  • If you successfully completed the requirements of your continuance under supervision, your juvenile record can be expunged at any time. You have to submit a request to the court to start the process, and it is up to the judge whether or not to grant your request.
  • With certain exceptions, most juvenile records for low-level misdemeanors or petty offenses can be expunged at any time after the case is closed. You have to submit a request to the court to start the process, and it is up to the judge whether or not to grant your request.
  • With certain exceptions, some juvenile records for felonies or serious misdemeanors can be expunged after you turn 21 or five years after your case closes or you are released from supervision or commitment, whichever occurs last. You have to submit a request to the judge to start the process, and it is up the judge whether or not to grant your request.
  • Your first misdemeanor offense may be expunged once you turn 18 or after your case, probation, or commitment ends, whichever occurs last. You have to submit a request to the court within 30 days after the adjudication (being found guilty). You also have to attend the hearing, which will take place within a month of your 18th birthday or after your case, probation, or commitment ends, whichever occurs last. The judge is required to grant your request if you meet the criteria.

Many law enforcement records that are related to a juvenile’s interactions with police that occurred after January 1, 2015, should be automatically expunged before you turn 19. You should not have to do anything to get the record expunged.

Law enforcement records that are related to a juvenile’s interactions with police that occurred between January 1, 1985, and January 1, 2015, can be expunged after you turn 18. You have to submit a request to the court to start the process, and it is up to the judge whether or not to grant your request.

You may not be eligible for expungement if you have certain convictions or adjudications on your record or if you have a pending felony, misdemeanor, or juvenile case.

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If you think you might be eligible to have your record expunged, find a lawyer who may be able to help you. Some lawyers might help you for free, although you may still need to pay a fee to file the paperwork in court.

Court Forms and Resources
If you cannot find a lawyer to help you, you may be able to file a petition on your own using these court forms and resources.

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When a conviction is vacated or reversed, the record of the arrest or charges not initiated by arrest can be expunged by the court. 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(b)(1).

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Records relating to a misdemeanor or felony conviction can be sealed by the court three years after sentence completion, or immediately upon sentence completion if the person has attained a specified educational goal. 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(c).

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Records of a conviction for prostitution or a similar offense under a local ordinance can be vacated by the court at any time if the person's participation in the offense was a result of having been a human trafficking victim. 725 ILCS 5/116-2.1.

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Arrest records relating to a conviction for which a person received a pardon specifically authorizing expungement can be expunged, and court records sealed, immediately by a court. 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(e).

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Records of convictions that directly resulted from being a victim of human trafficking can be sealed by the court immediately. 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(h).

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Records of arrests—or charges not initiated by an arrest—resulting in an order of supervision for charges other than those specified in 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(b)(2)(B)(i) or (i-5) can be expunged by the court two years after the satisfactory termination of the supervision. 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(b)(1), (b)(1.5), (b)(2)(B)(ii).

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Records of arrests—or charges not initiated by an arrest—resulting in an order of supervision for charges specified in 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(b)(2)(B)(i) can be expunged by the court five years after the satisfactory termination of the supervision. 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(b)(1), (b)(1.5), (b)(2)(B)(i).

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Records of arrests—or charges not initiated by an arrest—resulting in an order of supervisions for charges specified in 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(b)(2)(B)(i-5) incurred before the age of 25 can be expunged by the court once the petitioner reaches 25. 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(b)(1), (b)(1.5), (b)(2)(B)(i-5).

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Records of arrests—or charges not initiated by an arrest—resulting in an order of qualified probation can be expunged by the court five years after satisfactory termination of the probation. 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(b)(1), (b)(1.5), (b)(2)(C).

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Records of arrests—or charges not initiated by an arrest—resulting in orders of supervision, including orders of supervision for municipal violations, can be sealed by the court two years after the petitioner's last sentence, unless section (c)(3)(E) applies. 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(c)(2)(C), (c)(3)(B), (c)(3)(E).

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Records of arrests—or charges not initiated by an arrest—resulting in orders of first-offender probation can be sealed by the court three years after the petitioner's last sentence, unless section (c)(3)(E) applies. 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(c)(2)(E), (c)(3)(C), (c)(3)(E).

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All official records can be corrected by removing the identity theft victim's name and sealing the records of the circuit court clerk. 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(b)(4).

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Records relating to a conviction or sentence that has been set aside on direct review or collateral attack due to the person's factual innocence will be expunged by the court. 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(b)(6); 730 ILCS 5/5-5-4.  

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Records relating to a conviction for which the person served all or part of a sentence of incarceration, but was found factually innocent, can be expunged by the court. 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(8); 735 ILCS 5/2-702(h).  

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Records of arrests—and charges not initiated by an arrest—that resulted in acquittal, dismissal, or release without charging can be expunged by the court. 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(b)(1).

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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).

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A record relating to certain juvenile delinquency adjudications will be expunged two years after the case is closed, so long as the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. 705 ILCS 405/5-915(0.3)(a).

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A record relating to an arrest for which no petition for delinquency was filed can be expunged upon petition at any time following the decision not to file charges. 705 ILCS 405/5-915(1)(a).

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Records relating to charges dismissed without a finding of delinquency can be expunged upon petition at any time following the dismissal of the petition(s). 705 ILCS 405/5-915(1), (a-5).

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Records relating to charges for which a person was found not delinquent can be expunged upon petition at any time following the dismissal of the delinquency petition(s). 705 ILCS 405/5-915(1)(b).

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Records relating to a matter where the minor was placed under supervision and successfully completed their term can be expunged immediately upon petition. 705 ILCS 405/5-915(1)(c).

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Records relating to an offense that would be a Class B or Class C misdemeanor or a petty or business offense if committed by an adult may be expunged upon petition following the termination of all juvenile court proceedings relating to the incident. 705 ILCS 405/5-915(1)(d).

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Records relating to adjudications not eligible for automatic expungement under (.03) can be expunged upon petition, so long as two years have elapsed since the termination of all juvenile court proceedings and the person's commitment to the Department of Juvenile Justice has terminated, and the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. 705 ILCS 405/5-915(2).

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Records relating to a dismissed delinquency petition or a finding of not delinquent will be expunged within 60 business days. 705 ILCS 405/5-915(0.2)(a).

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Records relating to a successful termination of an order of supervision will be expunged within 60 business days. 705 ILCS 405/5-915(0.2)(a).

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Records relating to what would be a Class B or Class C misdemeanor or a petty or business offense if committed by an adult will be expunged within 60 business days. 705 ILCS 405/5-915(0.2)(a).

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Records relating to a Class B or Class C misdemeanor or a petty or business offense if committed by an adult may be expunged upon petition following the termination of all juvenile court proceedings relating to that incident. 705 ILCS 405/5-915(1)(d). (Effective Jan. 1, 2018)

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A record relating to an arrest or law enforcement interaction will be expunged automatically, so long as at least one year has elapsed since the arrest or interaction, six months have elapsed without a subsequent arrest or filing of a delinquency petition or criminal charge, and the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. 705 ILCS 405/5-915(0.1)(a). (Effective Jan. 1, 2018)

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