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  Viewing and Challenging Criminal History Records   

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The basic procedures for the Access and Review process are as follows. The procedures are documented on the Illinois General Assembly Web Site under the Illinois Administrative Rules and can be found at the following link:
  • Any individual may approach any Illinois law enforcement or correctional facility or licensed fingerprint vendor agency during regular business hours for the purpose of obtaining the individual's criminal history transcript through Illinois’ Access and Review process.

  • In response to a request for a criminal history transcript, the facility, vendor or vendor agency shall obtain fingerprints from the individual and other identification information.

  • The facility, vendor or vendor agency shall forward to the Illinois State Police the fingerprints and identifying information. Upon receipt and processing of the fingerprint submission, the Illinois State police will send the individual's criminal history transcript with a Record Challenge form or, if no criminal history is found, a written statement so stating to the address provided by the individual or to the law enforcement or correctional facility.

  • The individual may list the address of the law enforcement agency or correctional facility or his/her place of residence as the address where the criminal history transcript or written statement that no criminal history was found should be mailed. If mailed or transmitted to the facility, the individual shall be notified of the receipt of the criminal history transcript or statement, that no criminal history was found and shall release the document only to the individual. If the document is not retrieved within 45 days after notification to the individual, the facility shall destroy the criminal history transcript or statement that no criminal record was found.

  • Upon receiving a Record Challenge form, the Illinois State Police will provide a written response informing the individual of any action taken by the Illinois State Police to correct the individual’s criminal history record. If the Illinois State Police determines that there are no corrections to be made, a statement to that fact will be provided to the individual as well.

  • The Illinois State Police does not charge a fee for processing Access and Review or Record Challenge submissions. However, the agency providing the fingerprint service may charge a processing fee.

  FBI Information Requests   

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How to Request a Copy of Your Record through the FBI
  1. Complete cover letter.
    • If for a couple, family, etc., all persons must sign cover letter
    • Include your complete mailing address
    • If you have a deadline (e.g., an immigration deadline), please include the deadline in your cover letter and on the outside of the envelope.

  2. Obtain proof of identity, which consists of a set of your fingerprints (original card, no copies), with your name, date of birth and place of birth. Fingerprints should be placed on a standard fingerprint form (FD 258) commonly used for applicant or law enforcement purposes.
    • Include rolled impressions of all ten fingerprints and impressions of all ten fingerprints taken simultaneously (these are sometimes referred to as plain or flat impressions.)
    • If possible have your fingerprints taken by a fingerprinting technician (this service may be available at a Law Enforcement Agency.) Previously processed fingerprint cards will not be accepted.

  3. Include $ 18 - U.S. dollars in the form of a money order, certified check made payable to the Treasury of the United States, or you may pay by credit card.
    • Be sure to sign where required
    • No personal checks or cash
    • Must be exact amount
    • If for a couple, family, etc., include $18 for each person
    • If paying by credit card you must include the completed credit card payment form
    • Credit cards will not be used for expedited mail services

  4. Mail the items #1, #2, #3 (listed above) to the following address:

    FBI CJIS Division B Record Request
    1000 Custer Hollow Road
    Clarksburg, West Virginia 26306

Please Note: If any of the above items are missing or incomplete, the request will be returned.

Allow approximately 8 - 10 weeks for processing, upon receipt to the FBI.

What You Will Receive
  1. No Record Response. Consists of the original fingerprint card stamped No Record.


  2. FBI Identification Record.

How to Challenge Your Record
Since the FBI's CJIS Division is not the source of the data appearing on Identification Records, and obtains all data thereon from fingerprint submissions or related identification forms submitted to the FBI by local, state and federal agencies, the responsibility for authentication and correction of such data rests upon the contributing agencies. Therefore, the rules set forth for changing, correcting or updating such data requires that the subject of an Identification Record make application to the original contributing agency (e.g., police department, county court, etc.)

An individual may challenge the information contained in the FBI Identification Record by contacting the original agency that submitted the information to the FBI or the state central repository in the state in which the arrest occurred. These agencies will be able to furnish the guidelines for correction of the Record. The FBI is not authorized to modify the Record without written notification from the appropriate criminal justice agency.

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