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How do I find criminal case or traffic ticket information in Illinois?

The individual Circuit Court clerks maintain the court records for each county throughout Illinois. Illinois does not currently have a comprehensive online system that allows you to search case information throughout the state. Each clerk’s office provides a different method for looking up case information online. While some counties have full access through their website, other counties require you to visit in-person or call the specific courthouse where your case took place in order to obtain case information. Many counties, including Cook County, are currently taking steps to expand their online access. Information related Cook County, Lake County, DuPage County and Will County is provided below.

If you would like to obtain your Illinois driving record, more information can be found here.

How do I find court case information in Cook County, Illinois?

As of the date of this post, the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County does not provide online access for criminal cases. Cook County does provide an online system to lookup traffic case information by ticket number or driver’s license number. However, this system contains information only for tickets issued on or after 6/14/2018 that meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • There is a balance due on the ticket or the case.
  • There has been some “activity” on the ticket within three (3) months prior to the current date. “Activity” includes, but is not limited to the following: court date or court appearance; entry of a court order; payment (full or partial); and/or filing a motion.
  • The ticket is scheduled for a court date in the future.

Many traffic tickets do not appear in this online traffic ticket system. If your ticket does not appear, it may also be because it was never loaded into the system or was not yet submitted by the police department that issued the ticket. It may be necessary to call the clerk’s office or visit the clerk’s office in-person to obtain information.

If your ticket does not have a court date, the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County provides a different online system where a court date may be set or the ticket can be paid. You will need to enter either your ticket number, full name and date or birth OR your driver’s license number and ticket number. Again, if it does not appear, you may need to visit the Clerk’s Office in person or mail the ticket into the Clerk’s Office by following the instructions listing on the ticket.

The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County provides case information on a variety of other case types such as Civil, Law, Chancery, Domestic Relations/Child Support, and Probate via this webpage.

How do I find court case information in Lake County, Illinois?

The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Lake County provides an online system that provides comprehensive case information for traffic, criminal and civil cases. You may search by case number or name and date of birth, as well as case type. The system provides a significant amount of information including the names of all parties involved, offenses, court date information, court events and financial information (i.e. fines assessed).

If the Lake County online system does not provide the information you need, you can contact the clerk’s office using this directory or by calling (847) 377-3380.

How do I find court case information in DuPage County, Illinois?

The Clerk of the Circuit Court of DuPage County provides an online system that provides comprehensive case information for traffic, criminal and civil cases. You may search by ticket number and arresting agency, case number or full name and date of birth. The system provides a significant amount of information including the names of all parties involved, offenses, court date information, case history and financial information (i.e. fines assessed). The system also allows for online payment of fines and court costs.

If the DuPage online system does not provide the information you need, you can contact the clerk’s office using this directory or by calling (630) 407-8700.

How do I find court case information in Will County, Illinois?

The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Will County provides an online system that provides comprehensive case information for traffic tickets, criminal and civil cases. You may search by party name, case number or ticket number. The system provides information including the names of all parties involved, offenses, court date information, case history and financial information (i.e. fines assessed).

If the Will County online system does not provide the information you need, you can contact the clerk’s office at (815) 727-8592.