You can check your own criminal record to find out if you’re eligible for expungement or sealing, but it’s not always easy. For many people, it makes sense to hire an attorney to do a background check. However, you can do it yourself.
How Can I Check My Criminal Record?
Follow these steps to check your criminal record if you intend to have your record expunged or sealed:
- Get your identification
- Go to the Chicago Police Department’s main office
- Submit to fingerprinting
- Wait for your results
If you weren’t arrested by the Chicago police, you’ll have to work through the department that arrested you or the Illinois State Police.
Identification for Criminal Records
You’ll have to bring ID to the police department when you want to check your criminal record. It must be a current photo ID. However, if you don’t have a current photo identification, call the police department ahead of time and find out if they will accept an alternate form of identification.
Visiting the Chicago Police Department’s Main Office
Located at 3510 South Michigan Avenue, the Chicago Police Department’s main office is where a police officer will fingerprint you.
Having Your Fingerprints Taken
You must go to the Chicago Police Department’s main office between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. on a weekday to be fingerprinted.
Waiting for Your Results
You won’t get your records right away. When they’re in, you’ll have to bring your receipt – the one you got on your first visit – to pick up a copy.
Do You Need to Talk to a Chicago Expungement Lawyer?
f you’re interested in clearing your criminal record in Chicago, Rolling Meadows, Skokie or another city, your first step may be to talk to a Chicago expungement attorney
Call us at 847-920-4540 for a free case review. We’ll look at your record (or conduct a background check if necessary) and determine whether you’re eligible for expungement or sealing – and then we’ll take the appropriate steps to file a petition with the court on your behalf.