Fresh Start Expungement Workshop
“More than half of the 65 million people in the United States with a criminal record are able to seal or expunge their record. Sealing hides the record from the public while expungement erases the record completely.”
Do you have a criminal record? Thanks to recent law changes, you may be able to erase or hide that record!
Note: The following offenses ARE NOT eligible for expungement or sealing unless they resulted in non-convictions: Domestic Battery, Violation of an Order of Protection, Sexual Offenses, Animal Offenses, DUI and reckless driving.
STEP 1: Get an official copy of your criminal record
Get Ink Fingerprints (Cheaper but take 30-60 days to process) OR Get “Live Scan” Fingerprints (More expensive, but take 2 days to process)
Get an “Illinois State Police Access and Review” fingerprint form for ink fingerprints. You can get this form for FREE at:
Go to the police department to get fingerprinted.
- Normal Police Department
- Any time EXCEPT 7-8: 30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.
- Cost: FREE
- Bloomington Police Department
- Tuesdays and Thursdays 12-6 p.m.
- Cost: $20, CASH only
Complete the form and mail it in.
- Complete the rest of the fields on the form.
- Write your name and address on the back of the form.
- Place the form in an envelope and put a stamp on the top right corner of the envelope.
- Put your name and address on the back side of the envelope.
- Put the following address on the front of the envelope:
- Illinois State Police Division of Administration Bureau of Identification
- 260 North Chicago Street
- Joliet, Illinois 60432
Get your live scan fingerprints through one of these companies:
- Biometrics Technologies Solutions LLC
604 Dale Street, Unit A1, Normal
- Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
- Cost: $35
- Ethos Fingerprinting
- Appointment required, call (309) 340-4266 to make an appointment.
- Cost: $45
- Accurate Biometrics
1101 North Main Street, Normal
- Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-5 p.m.
- Cost: $50
STEP 2: Visit Prairie State Legal Services*
Bring your Illinois State Police Report to Prairie State Legal Services, apply for services, and make an appointment.
*Prairie State Legal Services in Bloomington is only taking McLean County criminal record expungement/sealings.
STEP 3: Attend your appointment
At your appointment, a volunteer attorney will review your charges and advise on your eligibility for expungement, sealing, health care wavier, etc. If the charges can be sealed or expunged, a volunteer attorney may be assigned to prepare and file the necessary court documents. Note: there is a mandatory waiting period for filing for sealing.