The Office of the State Appellate Defender is partnering with the Access to Justice Commission to prepare and distribute legally correct and user-friendly forms for adult sealing and expungement that will be accepted in every courthouse throughout Illinois.

Access to Justice is an initiative announced in 2012 by the Illinois Supreme Court to improve access to the justice system. The Court formed the Illinois Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission and charged the Commission with promoting, facilitating and enhancing equal access to justice with an emphasis on access to the Illinois civil courts and administrative agencies for all people, particularly the poor and vulnerable.

Adult Expungement & Sealing Information and Forms

The following forms have been approved for use by the Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice and are required to be accepted in all Illinois courts. The forms are ADA accessible, and you can handwrite or type into the PDF form.

You will need Adobe Acrobat or free Adobe Reader XI or higher in order to save completed forms.

Getting Started Adult Expungement and Sealing Checklist

How to Expunge and/or Seal A Criminal Record

Request to Expunge & Impound and/or Seal Criminal Records Form

Order to Expunge & Impound and/or Seal Criminal Records Form

Order Denying Request to Expunge & Impound and/or Seal Criminal Records Form

Notice of Filing for Expungement and/or Sealing Form

Additional Notice of Filing for Expungement or Sealing Form

Additional Arrests or Cases for Expungement Form

Additional Arrests or Cases for Sealing Form

Application for Waiver of Court Fees

Order for Waiver of Court Fees

 

In addition to the above, Illinois Legal Aid Online provides a guided interview that will ask you a series of questions related to this topic and then the program will complete the forms for you. It is free to use.

Full text of the Criminal Identification Act: 20 ILCS 2630