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Illinois Background Check Resources

Background checks are governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Most state laws concerning public records and background checks are very liberal and straightforward. In the State of Illinois, public records are readily available to anyone wishing to obtain them through appropriate official state agency channels. Background checks are instrumental in the parties' ability to enter into various legally binding contracts, and as such, are always a good idea. Background checks generally require a written permission prior to performing the inquiry. Occasionally, it is possible to obtain such reports without permission, but the results may lack in-depth details.

If the background check adversely affects the consumer, the party accessing public records must provide a copy of the report and a summary of the consumer's rights under FCRA, and allow the consumer reasonable time to contest the report. Due to the increasing threat of identity theft, some states (i. e. California) may now require the employer to provide a copy of the background check report to the consumer regardless of its content.

Call the telephone numbers listed below (or visit the listed websites) to learn how to access the specific background check information you're seeking. Public information may be accessible online or by phone, mail or in person.

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain exact addressing/ordering information.

ILLINOIS STATE INFORMATION HOT LINE:
(217)782-2001

ILLINOIS STATE WEB SITE:
www.state.il.us

State Archives
Criminal Records
Illinois State Police
Bureau of Identification
260 N. Chicago St.
Joliet IL 60432
(815) 740-5216 x5184
(815) 740-5215 (fax)
www.isp.state.il.us

Department of Corrections

Driving Records
Driving Analysis Section
Drivers Services Department
2701 S Dirksen Parkway
Springfield IL 62723
(217) 782-2720
(fax number not provided)
www.sos.state.il.us

Vehicle Ownership Information
Vehicle Services Department
Vehicle Record Inquiry
408 Howlett Building
Springfield IL 62756
(217) 782-6992
(217) 524-0122 (fax)
www.sos.state.il.us

Prepaid Legal Services

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www.MyRightsCentral.com

Vital Statistics
(birth, death, divorce) [no marriage certificates]
State Department of Health
Division of Vital Records
605 W. Jefferson St.
Chicago IL 60601
(217) 782-6554
(217) 782-6553 (fax)
www.idph.state.il.us/vital/vitalhome.htm

Genealogical Marriage Index (1763 to 1900)

Business/Corporate Records
Department of Business Services
Corporate Department
Howlett Building
Springfield IL 62756
(217) 782-7880
(217) 782-9521 (fax)
www.sos.state.il.us

Corporations and LLC's

Workers Compensation Information
Industrial Commission
100 W. Randolph, 8th Fl
Chicago IL 60601
(312) 814-6611
(fax number not provided)
www.state.il.us/agency/iic

UCCs and Federal Tax Liens
(state tax liens available only at county level)
Secretary of State
UCC Division
Howlett Building, Room 030
Springfield IL 62756
(217) 782-7518
(fax number not provided)
www.cyberdriveillinois.com

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain exact addressing/ordering information.

Note: Government agencies are continually updating and expanding online access to their records; consequently, this page is continually updated and expanded. Check back for the latest information!

City-County Cross Index

Adams County
507 Vermont St.
Quincy, IL 62301
(217) 277-2100

ONLINE: Circuit Court Records
www.circuitclerk.co.adams.il.us

Alexander County
2001 Washington Ave.
Cairo, IL 62914-1717
(618) 734-0107

Bond County
203 West College
Greenville, IL 62246-0407
(618) 664-3208

Boone County
601 N. Main St., Suite 202
Belvidere, IL 61008-2609
(815) 544-0371

Brown County
200 W. Court, Room 4
Mount Sterling, IL 62353
(217) 773-2713

Bureau County
700 S. Main St.
Princeton, IL 61356-2037
(815) 872-2001

ONLINE: Circuit Court Index
www.bccirclk.gov/remote.htm

Calhoun County
P.O. Box 187
Hardin, IL 62047
(618) 576-2451

Carroll County
301 North Main St., P.O. Box 152
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
(815) 244-0230

ONLINE: Circuit Court Records
www.judici.com/courts/index.jsp?court=IL008015J

Cass County
County Courthouse
100 E. Springfield St.
Virginia, IL 62691-1599
(217) 452-7225

Champaign County
1776 E. Washington
Urbana, IL 61802
(217) 384-3725

ONLINE: Circuit Court
https://secure.jtsmith.com/clerk/clerk.asp

Christian County
P.O. Box 647
Taylorville, IL 62568-0647
(217) 824-4966

Clark County
501 Archer Ave.
Marshall, IL 62441
(217) 826-2811

Clay County
P.O. Box 160
Louisville, IL 62858-0160
(618) 665-3253

Clinton County
County Courthouse
Carlyle, IL 62231-1840
(618) 594-2464

Coles County
651 Jackson Ave., Rm 122
Charleston, IL 61920-0227
(217) 348-0516

ONLINE: Circuit Court Records
www.judici.com/courts/index.jsp?court=IL015025J

Cook County
P.O. Box 642570
Chicago, IL 60664-2570
(312) 603-7586 [criminal]
(773) 869-3140 [Circuit Court]

Crawford County
1 Courthouse Square
Robinson, IL 62454
(618) 544-3512

Cumberland County
Courthouse Square
P.O. Box 146
Toledo, IL 62468-0146
(217) 849-3601

De Witt County
P.O. Box 439
Clinton, IL 61727
(217) 935-2195

DeKalb County
110 E. Sycamore St.
Sycamore, IL 60178
(815) 895-7131

Douglas County
401 S. Center St.
P.O. Box 467
Tuscola, IL 61953
(217) 253-2352

Du Page County
505 N County Farm Rd
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 682-7100

Edgar County
115 West Court, Room J
Paris, IL 61944-1739
(217) 466-7447

Edwards County
50 E. Main St.
Albion, IL 62806
(618) 445-2016

Effingham County
P.O. Box 628
Effingham, IL 62401-0628
(217) 342-4065

Fayette County
P.O. Box 401
Vandalia, IL 62471-0401
(618) 283-5009

Ford County
200 W. State St., Room 101
Paxton, IL 60957
(217) 379-2461

Franklin County
P.O. Box 607
Benton, IL 62812-0607
(618) 439-2011

Fulton County
100 N. Main St.
P.O. Box 152
Lewistown, IL 61542-0226
(309) 547-3041

Gallatin County
P.O. Box 550
Shawneetown, IL 62984-0550
(618) 269-3140

Greene County
519 N. Main St.
Carrollton, IL 62016
(217) 942-3421

Grundy County
111 E. Washington St.
P.O. Box 675
Morris, IL 60450-0675
(815) 941-3256

Hamilton County
Public Square
McLeansboro, IL 62859-1489
(618) 643-3224

Hancock County
Courthouse Square
P.O. Box 39
Carthage, IL 62321-0039
(217) 357-2616

Hardin County
Main St.
P.O. Box 187
Elizabethtown, IL 62931
(618) 287-2735

Henderson County
County Courthouse
P.O. Box 308
Oquawka, IL 61469
(309) 867-3121

Henry County
100 S. Main
Cambridge, IL 61238
(309) 937-3572

Iroquois County
1001 E. Grant
Watseka, IL 60970
(815) 432-6950

Jackson County Clerk
1001 Walnut St.
Murphysboro, IL 62966
(618) 687-7300

Jasper County
100 W. Jourdan St.
Newton, IL 62448
(618) 783-2524

Jefferson County
County Courthouse, Room 105
100 South Kent St.
Mount Vernon, IL 62864
(618) 244-8008

Jersey County
201 W. Pearl St.
Jerseyville, IL 62052
(618) 498-5571

Jo Daviess County
330 N. Bench St.
Galena, IL 61036
(815) 777-2295

Johnson County
P.O. Box 96
Vienna, IL 62995-0096
(618) 658-4571

Kane County
County Clerk
719 S. Batavia Ave.
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 232-3413

Kankakee County
189 E. Court St.
Kankakee, IL 60901-3997
(815) 937-2905

Kendall County
111 W. Fox St.
Yorkville, IL 60560
(630) 553-4183

Knox County
200 S. Cherry St.
Galesburg, IL 61401
(309) 345-3817

Lake County
18 N. County St.
Waukegan, IL 60085
(847) 360-6680

LaSalle County
P.O. Box 430
Ottawa, IL 61350

Lawrence County
County Courthouse
1100 State Street
Lawrenceville, IL 62439
(618) 943-2815

Lee County Clerk and Recorder
P.O. Box 329
Dixon, IL 61021
(815) 284-5234

Livingston County
112 W. Madison St.
Pontiac, IL 61764
(815) 844-20602

Logan County
P.O. Box 278
Lincoln, IL 62656-0278
(217) 735-1163

Macon County Clerk
141 S. Main St., Room 104
Decatur, IL 62523-1488
(217) 424-1454

Macoupin County
County Courthouse
P.O. Box 107
Carlinville, IL 62626
(217) 854-3211

Madison County
County Clerk
157 N. Main St., P.O. Box 218
Ewardsville, IL 62025
(618) 692-6240

Marion County
Clerk and Recorder
101 E. Broadway, P.O. Box 637
Salem, IL 62881-0637
(618) 548-3856

Marshall County
P.O. Box 328
Lacon, IL 61540-0278
(309) 246-6435

Mason County Clerk
County Courthouse
P.O. Box 77
Havana, IL 62644
(309) 543-6619

Massac County
P.O. Box 429
Metropolis, IL 62960-0429
(618) 524-9359

McDonough County
County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square
Macomb, IL 61455
(309) 837-4889

McHenry County Clerk
2200 N. Seminary Ave.
Woodstock, IL 60098
(815) 334-4307

McLean County
P.O. Box 2400
Room 704
Bloomington, IL 61702
(309) 888-5301

Menard County
P.O. Box 465
Petersburg, IL 62675-0465
(217) 632-2615

Mercer County
P.O. Box 66
Aledo, IL 61231-0066
(309) 582-7122

Monroe County
100 S. Main St.
Waterloo, IL 62298-1322
(618) 939-8681

Montgomery County
#1 Courthouse Square
Hillsboro, IL 62049-1196
(217) 532-9546

Morgan County
P.O. Box 1286
Jacksonville, IL 62651-1387
(217) 243-5419

Moultrie County Clerk
10 S. Main St.
Sullivan, IL 61951
(217) 728-4622

Ogle County
Clerk and Recorder
P.O. Box 357
Oregon, IL 61061-0357
(815) 732-1130

Peoria County
324 Main St. #101
Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 672-6953

Perry County
Clerk and Recorder
P.O. Box 438
Pinckneyville, IL 62274
(618) 357-6726

Piatt County
101 W. Washington St., P.O. Box 558
Monticello, IL 61856
(217) 762-4966

Pike County Courthouse Clerk
100 E. Washington St.
Pittsfield, IL 62363
(217) 285-6612

Pope County
Clerk's Office
P.O. Box 216
Golconda, IL 62938-0216
(618) 683-3941

Pulaski County
P.O. Box 118
Mound City, IL 62963-0109
(618) 748-9300

Putnam County
120 N. 4th St., P.O. Box 236
Hennepin, IL 61327
(815) 925-7016

Randolph County
1 Taylor St., P.O. Box 309
Chester, IL 62233
(618) 826-5000

Richland County Clerk
Courthouse
103 W. Main St.
Olney, IL 62450
(618) 392-2151

Rock Island County
210 15th St.
PO Box 5230
Rock Island, IL 61204
(309) 786-4451

Saint Clair County
10 Public Square
Belleville, IL 62220
(618) 277-6832

Saline County
10 E. Poplar St.
Harrisburg, IL 62946
(618) 253-5096

Sangamon County
200 S. 9th St.
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 753-6674

Schuyler County
102 S. Congress St., P.O. Box 200
Rushville, IL 62681
(217) 322-4633

Scott County
101 E. Market St.
Winchester, IL 62694
(217) 742-5217

Shelby County Courthouse
301 E. Main St., P.O. Box 230
Shelbyville, IL 62565
(217) 774-4212

Stark County
130 W. Main, P.O. Box 97
Toulon, IL 61483
(309) 286-5941

Stephenson County
15 N. Galena Ave.
Freeport, IL 61032
(815) 235-8266

Tazewell County
11 S. 4th St.
Mc Kenzie Building
Pekin, IL 61554-4298
(309) 477-2214

Union County
Box H
Jonesboro, IL 62952
(618) 833-5913

Vermilion County
6 N. Vermilion St.
Danville, IL 61832-5806
(217) 554-7700

Wabash County
4th & Market St., P.O. Box 277
Mount Carmel, IL 62863
(618) 262-5362

Warren County Courthouse
100 W. Broadway
Monmouth, IL 61462-1797
(309) 734-5179

Washington County
101 E. Saint Louis St.
Nashville, IL 62263
(618) 327-4800

Wayne County
301 E. Main St., P.O. Box 187
Fairfield, IL 62837
(618) 842-7684

White County
301 E. Main St., P.O. Box 339
Carmi, IL 62821
(618) 382-2321

Whiteside County
200 E. Knox St.
Morrison, IL 61270
(815) 772-5188

Will County
14 W. Jefferson St.
Joliet, IL 60432
(815) 727-8592

Williamson County
200 W. Jefferson St.
Marion, IL 62959
(618) 997-1301

Winnebago County
404 Elm St.,
Room #104
Rockford, IL 61101
(815) 987-3144

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Woodford County
115 N. Main
Eureka, IL 61530-1293
(309) 467-3312