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)

STEP 1A

Get an “Illinois State Police Access and Review” fingerprint form for ink fingerprints. You can get this form for FREE at:

 

STEP 1B

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

STEP 1C

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

STEP 1A

Get your live scan fingerprints through one of these companies:

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.