In 1991 of January the 1st, the Uniform Conviction Information Act or UCIA became law in the State of Illinois. As such, all Illinois Criminal Records with convictions that was maintained and collected by the Illinois State Police or ISP to be made available to the public. A check of criminal records whether for oneself or for another is important as this record serves as a valid document that shows a person’s background. Currently two forms are available that one can may be able to request for criminal history records from the Illinois State Police – Non-Fingerprint and Fingerprint Conviction Information Request Form. All requests should be made using the forms as each of the forms has their own unique processing control number.
For those who use the “non-fingerprint conviction information request form”, the ISP will search the database based on the identification provided by the person requesting the information and thus may affect the results of the search. Processing fee for non-fingerprint costs $16; for checks not drawn in US banks, the cost is $30. On the other hand, for those who want a more accurate research, they might want to request for a fingerprint conviction report. The report will search the ISP fingerprint database criminal records. The payment costs about $20 for each record request and $50 is charged for checks not drawn from a US bank. All payments must be made payable through checks or money order and addressed to the ISP.
The ISP allows multiple requests; however, maiden names are treated separately. A single check is allowed to cover the cost of the multiple requests. It is important to double check the details of the request form before submitting as incomplete forms will not be processed and the fees will be forfeited.
For those who want to view and challenge their criminal records, they may do so by requesting their local law enforcement agency to initiate a fingerprint-based inquiry that would allow the person to access and review their own criminal record transcript. The ISP does not charge for the Access and Review or Record Challenge processing; however, the law enforcement agency or the correctional facilities may charge the person a fee to cover the cost of the request.
For those who want to obtain their criminal record from the FBI, they can do so by sending a request copy directly to the FBI. The cover should include an introduction of the person, contact info, a copy of their fingerprints as well as payment of $18. Payments can be made through credit card, money order and check. Processing can take between one to two months upon receipt.
Another way for one to obtain their criminal records is to visit the local police department or the circuit clerk court where the case was filed. For a more convenient way to access arrest records, public search sites are available online. They provide the fastest and most convenient way to obtain Arrest Records For Free or do background checks for individuals or others. A small nominal fee might be required to obtain the full report; however, for those who do bulk researches, most of the sites do offer packages, which would not only be convenient but also cost efficient.