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720 ILCS 405/5-915

There is a misconception about juvenile records. Although juvenile court records are kept confidential from the general public, certain government agencies and employers are allowed access to them. The expungement of juvenile court records means that those records are completely destroyed.

In 2017, Illinois passed a law that allowed certain juvenile court records to be automatically expunged upon certain conditions. A law was also passed to allow certain juvenile court records to be automatically expunged after two years following the completion of a period of probation. This was a significant change because it meant that juveniles would no longer be responsible for filling out the cumbersome paperwork to have their court records expunged. However, if you had a juvenile court case prior to 2018, your court records will not be automatically expunged. Also note that some court cases are not eligible for automatic expungement even after 2018. Therefore, you will need to file the necessary paperwork with the Lake County Clerk’s Office in Vernon Hills. At this time, the paperwork must be filed in person or mailed if you do not live in the area. There is no fee to file this paperwork.

The following contains the necessary information and forms to file a request to expunge juvenile records.

You can also get the forms free of charge by contacting the Illinois State Appellate Defender at:

P.O. Box 5240, Springfield, IL 62705-5240
866-431-4907 (toll-free)

In addition, the Illinois Legal Aid Office provides a guided interview that will ask you a series of questions related to this topic and then the program will generate the forms for you. This is free of charge.

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