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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 request any Illinois law enforcement agency or correctional facility to initiate a fingerprint based inquiry to the Illinois State Police for the purpose of allowing the individual to Access and Review their state criminal history record transcript. The purpose of the Access and Review process is to allow individuals to determine if their Illinois criminal history record transcript is complete and accurate. Title 20 Part 1210 of the Illinois Administrative Code requires law enforcement agencies and correctional facilities to facilitate Access and Review inquiries upon request. Such requests must be made during the agency’s regular business hours.

  • In response to a request for a criminal history transcript, the law enforcement agency or correctional facility is required to obtain fingerprints from the individual along with other identification information, and submit it to the Illinois State Police on an Access and Review Fingerprint Card provided by the Illinois State Police for processing.

  • Within 30 days after the request, the law enforcement agency or correctional facility is required to forward an Access and Review form containing the individual’s fingerprints and identifying information to the Illinois State Police.

  • Within 60 days after receiving the Access and Review form, the State Police is required to provide the law enforcement agency or correctional facility with the individual's complete criminal history transcript or, if no criminal history is found, a written statement so stating. If a criminal history transcript is disseminated to the law enforcement agency or correctional facility, it will contain all Illinois conviction as well as non-conviction information regarding the individual.

  • The law enforcement agency or correctional facility is required to contact the individual and allow the individual to view their criminal history transcript at the facility only. Individuals exercising their right to Access and Review their criminal record are not permitted to leave the police agency or correctional facility with their criminal history transcript unless it has been redacted to exclude all identifiers and references to the individual. This precludes the use of such criminal history transcripts for employment or licensing purposes.

  • Once the Access and Review fingerprint form is processed, the Illinois State Police will forward a copy of the individual’s criminal history transcript to the law enforcement agency or correctional facility. The criminal history transcript will be accompanied by a Record Challenge form which the individual can complete and return to the Illinois State Police to request corrections or modifications be made to their criminal history record.

  • After receiving the 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. Law enforcement agencies and correctional facilities are permitted to charge individuals a nominal fee to cover the costs of initiating Access and Review requests.

  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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