Illinois Police Records are prepared and submitted by the local county police to the Illinois State Police Department (ISP) for compilation purposes. Under the Freedom of Information Act, citizens have the right to access public records especially those that include government transactions. Although the public has access to public records, restrictions apply when it comes to juvenile records under the Uniform Conviction Information Act wherein criminal records are only available to public when a conviction is made on the case. The records are available from the Bureau of Identification.
To request for records, researchers must determine whether the records they want to access is covered under the Freedom Act Law. Police reports are available and can be accessed; however, reports that were made by private individuals or companies are restricted from the public. There are different types of police records that one can obtain and fees apply.
For those who want to obtain traffic crash reports, they may do so by mail or through online requests. The one requesting the report must ensure that the report is under the Illinois State police. They should submit the Agency crash report number, the IDOT number and the driver/passenger name including when the crash happened. For traffic crash report, a fee of $5 should be included with the request. For reconstruction report, the fee is $20. The person requesting the report must include a self-addressed stamped envelope together with the request form and cheque and send these to the Illinois State Police. The ISP is not responsible for traffic crashes that occur within the municipalities.
For criminal records, two types of request maybe made – (a) Non-fingerprint conviction information form ISP6-405b and (b) Fingerprint conviction information request form ISP6-404b. The ISP only allows one name per request. However, other requests can be included in the form. For Non-fingerprint conviction information, the researcher must send the form ISP6-405B to the ISP. It is important to include all pertinent information to ensure that the research will return with results. The cost for the request is $16. However, for cheque that is not drawn on US banks, the fee is $30.
For Fingerprint requests, researchers must complete the form ISP6-404B and together with the form submit the payment of $20 for regular cheques or $50 for cheques not drawn on a US bank. Fingerprinted requests, more often than not are more reliable than non-fingerprint requests as more often than not, criminals do use aliases or different names and fingerprints are the only way to identify them.
It is easy for researchers to learn how to find police records as there are many ways to do so online. For those individuals who prefer not to pay, many sites offer such services. One disadvantage though is that the results might yield limited results. However if you only need basic information like checking your own criminal records, this beats having to pay for the reports. You can also access full reports and only have to pay a minimal fee. As the reports are readily available, it will save you time and effort.