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Criminal and Traffic Laws to Clear Your Record



Criminal and Traffic and Expungement Guidelines and Forms

  • Under specific circumstances, Illinois Compiled statues allow felony, misdemeanor, or municipal ordinance violation records in Criminal and Traffic cases to be expunged or sealed. If you qualify, your records will either be expunged or sealed by law enforcement agencies, and will be sealed by the Clerk's Office. "Expunged" records are destroyed. "Sealed" records are closed and restricted from public access, but are not destroyed.  For more information on your eligibility and the process, including the necessary forms, please click here.  If you are not eligible for expungement of your records, please check to see if you are eligible for sealing of your records under the "New Criminal and Traffic Sealing Guidelines and Forms".

Criminal and Traffic Sealing Guidelines and Forms

  • Beginning January 1, 2004, Illinois Compiled statues permit a person to have his or her records in certain misdemeanor or municipal ordinance violations in Criminal and Traffic cases to be sealed. Sealed records are closed and restricted from public access, but are not destroyed. For more information on your eligibility and the process, including the necessary forms, please click here.

New Identity Theft/Factual Innocence Guideline and Forms

  • Beginning January 1, 2004, if someone has falsely identified himself or herself using your identity during his/her arrest or conviction, Illinois law allows for you to clear your name from these records. For more information on this process, please click here
For additional information on expungement, sealing and identity theft, please visit the "Expungement"
page of Illinois' State Appellate Defender's website.