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Obtaining Criminal Records In The Chicago Area

Information about warrants, arrests and court proceedings are a matter of public record. You just have to know where to look and how to navigate the process.

Chicago criminal defense attorneys can answer any questions you may have about criminal records but the following directory is a good place to start:

State of Illinois:

Criminal History Records Check - info, procedures and registration form; handled through the Illinois State Police Department

  • Online registration for conviction information
  • Non-fingerprint conviction information costs $16, while fingerprint conviction information costs $20
  • Call (815) 740-5160 between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, for more information

Cook County:

Records & Archives - general information, costs, procedures

  • Record searches cost $9 per year and division or district and certified copies cost $9 per document; copies cost $2 for the first page, $.50 each of the next 19 pages and $.25 for all additional pages
  • Call (312) 603-5030 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for more information

DuPage County:

Court Records - Records must be obtained in person during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday)

  • Also, computerized information terminals are available on all floors of the Judicial Office Facility and on 505 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton, Illinois

Kane County:

Circuit Court Clerk - contact the clerk for information on obtaining criminal records (no specific information available online)

  • Call (630) 232-3413 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for more information
  • Office location: 540 South Randall Rd., St. Charles 60174

Will County:

Circuit Court Clerk - information on how to obtain specific court records

Lake County:

Circuit Court Clerk - info and procedures for obtaining specific court records

  • Call file department at (847) 377-3352 to find out if a particular file is readily available or for more information about fees
  • Mail requests to the following address: ATTN: Certified Copies, Clerk of the Circuit Court, 18 North County St., Waukegan, IL 60085

McHenry County:

Circuit Court Clerk - search for public case information by case number, ticket number, party name or business name

  • Online Copy Request - documents are emailed in PDF format upon receipt of payment (see link for charges and payment instructions)