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Will County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Will County Public Records?

Will County public records consist of information created, received, or maintained by government entities in the course of their official public functions. All data, regardless of physical form or characteristics, are bound by the Freedom of Information Act. However, some records are not available to the general public. These include:

  • Personal information present in a public record
  • Law enforcement records that may endanger informants or crime victims
  • Juvenile records
  • All records exempt by federal or state law
  • Trade secrets
  • Adoption records

Will County Crime Statistics

The Illinois State Police (ISP) publishes statewide crime statistics for all counties. In 2018, published Will County crime statistics for index crimes totaled 7,769. The ISP reported 16 criminal homicides, 187 rape cases, 222 robberies, and 645 aggravated assault incidents. The report also listed 1,046 burglary cases, 453 motor vehicle thefts, and 73 arson incidents. Larceny-theft was the most common crime, with 5,127 reported cases. Will County’s overall 2018 crime rate was 1,123.3 offenses per 100,000 persons, dropping 15% from the previous year’s crime rate.

Are Will County Criminal Records Public?

The Illinois Uniform Conviction Information Act provides public access to criminal records in the state. In compliance with the Act, the ISP allows all persons to obtain copies of Will County criminal records. Record seekers may obtain these records online via the Criminal History Information Response (CHIRP). Will criminal records are also obtainable by requesting application forms from the ISP. Conduct a name-based search for $16 or a fingerprint-based for $20. Note that extra fingerprinting fees may be charged by approved live scan fingerprint vendors. Mail requests to:

Illinois State Police
Bureau of Identification
P.O. Box 8827
Chicago, IL 60680-1727

How to Obtain Will County Police Reports and Arrest Records

The Will County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) maintains and issues copies of police reports on incidents in the county. Through its Records Section, interested persons may obtain Will County arrest records, accident reports, and other incident records. Residents can request a Will arrest record or other police reports by sending a written application with known details of the incident or arrest. The WCSO charges a minimum of $5 for each requested record. Send the application to:

Will County Sheriff’s Office
16909 West Laraway Road
Joliet, IL 60433

In-person requests are also possible at the above address. Visit between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call the Records Section at (815) 727-4738.

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Will County

The Illinois State Police provides a sex offender registry for online access to statewide sex offender records. To find Will County sex offenders records, users may provide the person’s name, city, offender status, zip code, and offender type. The registry displays a physical description, date of birth, address, and photographs. Details of the offender’s crime are also available.

How to Find Will County Inmate Records

Incarcerated persons can be found in Will County through the WCSO’s online inmate search. Records seekers will need to provide the inmate’s name, subject number, booking number, and booking date range. Users may also specify searches for released inmates or persons currently in custody. The database displays the inmate’s demographic information, booking history, bond details, charge information, and court dates.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in the Will County Jail

The Will County Adult Detention Facility allows family and friends to visit confined persons. Prospective visitors must call the Will County Video Visitation Center at (815) 774-7950 a minimum of 24 hours before the visit, but no more than 48 hours in advance. Although interested persons may visit every day, schedules may be based on the availability of visitation booths. Approved visitations take place from 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. every day, with a daily break between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m..

Visitors should be at least 17 years old. A younger visitor must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. All visitors must present a valid ID that carries the visitor’s current address, and a valid government photo ID that shows a date of birth. Acceptable IDs include:

  • Driver’s license
  • State ID
  • FOID (Firearm Owners Identification) card
  • Passport
  • Green Matricula Consular ID
  • Military ID

Visitors must arrive at the Will County Video Visitation Center at least 15 minutes in advance. Persons released from the facility within the last 30 days are ineligible for visits. Inmates are also ineligible until after their first court appearance. Visitors must dress appropriately and abide by the facility’s rules. Note that visitors who cannot make scheduled appointments and do not call to cancel may have future visits restricted. Visitations take place at the:

Will County Video Visitation Center
20 South Chicago Street
Joliet, IL 60432
Phone: (815) 774-7950

Court Records

The Will County court system features Circuit Courts and administrative adjudication systems. While the Circuit Court has general jurisdiction over all county cases, the administrative adjudication system is used to handle ordinance violations in cities. These courts allow public access to Will County court records.

Locations of Courts in Will County

Will County Circuit Court
Will County Courthouse
100 West Jefferson Street
Joliet, IL 60432
Phone: (815) 727-8592
Fax: (815) 740-8074

Will County Circuit Court
River Valley Justice Center
3208 West McDonough Street
Joliet, IL 60431
Phone: (815) 727-8592
Fax: (815) 740-8074

Will County Circuit Court
Will County Court Annex
57 North Ottawa Street
Joliet, IL 60432
Phone: (815) 772-8592
Fax: (815) 740-8074

Will County Circuit Court - Bolingbrook Branch Court
Town Hall and Police Department
375 West Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Phone: (815) 727-8592
Fax: (815) 740-8074

Will County Circuit Court - Braidwood Branch Court
Police Department
141 West Main Street
Braidwood, IL 60408
Phone: (815) 727-8592
Fax: (815) 740-8074

Will County Circuit Court – Frankfort Branch Court
Frankfort Township Old Hall
11008 West Lincoln Highway
Frankfort, IL 60423
Phone: (815) 727-8592
Fax: (815) 740-8074

Will County Circuit Court – Lockport Branch Court
City Hall
222 East 9th Street
Lockport, IL 60441
Phone: (815) 727-8592
Phone: (815) 740-8074

Will County Circuit Court – Peotone Branch Court
Will County Fairgrounds – Will County Atrium
712 West Street
Peotone, IL 60468

Will County Circuit Court – Plainfield Branch Court
Plainfield Law Enforcement Center
14300 South Coil Plus Drive
Plainfield, IL 60544
Phone: (815) 727-8592
Fax: (815) 740-8074

Will County Circuit Court – Wilmington Branch Court
City Hall
1165 South Water Street
Wilmington, IL 60481
Phone: (815) 727-8592
Fax: (815) 740-8074

Joliet Administrative Adjudication
City Hall
150 West Jefferson Street
Joliet, IL 60432
Phone: (815) 724-4090
Fax: (815) 724-4118

Plainfield Administrative Adjudication
Plainfield Law Enforcement Center
14300 South Coil Plus Drive
Plainfield, IL 60544
Phone: (815) 439-4234
Fax: (815) 436-9981

Are Will County Court Records Public?

Will County court records are public records. Interested requestors may access most records by sending mail applications or requesting in person. However, some records are closed to the general public. For instance, access to juvenile records is restricted to litigants or attorneys. In addition, the Will County public cannot access sealed records unless a court order states otherwise.

Can You Look up a Will County Court Case Online?

The Will County Circuit Court Clerk provides online access to Will court records. On the access page, provide an email address to receive a security code. Note that using temporary email accounts is prohibited and may result in permanent loss of access. Online records are unofficial records. Although updated regularly, the Clerk’s Office does not assure the accuracy of the displayed information. For official purposes, contact the court by mail or in person.

How to Obtain Will County Civil Court Case Records

The Will County Court Clerk processes requests for court records. Record seekers can submit requests online, in person, or by mail. All records cost $2 for the first page, 50 cents each for pages 2 to 20, and 25 cents for each page after that. An extra $6 is required for document certification. Certified probate copies cost $2 per page. If requesting certified copies of wills, add a fee for an extra certification page.

For online requests, interested parties must register with the Clerk’s Office’s third-party vendor. After requesting, allow about 2 days for court staff to upload the document. Requestors will receive email notifications after the uploads are complete.

To request by mail, write an application with details of the desired records. Include names, dates, charge information, court dates, and judgment. Send the request or visit the Clerk’s Office in person, using the following details:

Will County Circuit Court
Will County Courthouse
100 West Jefferson Street
Joliet, IL 60432
Phone: (815) 727-8592
Fax: (815) 740-8074

How to Obtain Will County Criminal Court Case Records

Will County criminal court records are available with the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. Interested persons may obtain records by registering an online account with the Clerk’s Office’s vendor. After the registration, request desired criminal court records and allow up to 2 days to receive an email notification when the record is ready.

Will County criminal court records are also accessible via mail and in-person requests. To request by mail, send a written application with a description of the desired records. Regardless of the request method, the first page of a Will court record costs $2. Pages 2 to 20 cost 50 cents each, and each additional page costs 25 cents. Certified records cost an extra $6. Send a request or visit in person at the:

Will County Circuit Court
Will County Courthouse
100 West Jefferson Street
Joliet, IL 60432
Phone: (815) 727-8592
Fax: (815) 740-8074

Conducting a search is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.

What are Will County Vital Records?

Will County vital records contain details of marriages, divorces, births, and deaths in the county. Will vital records are obtainable from the Court Clerk’s Office, the County Clerk, or the Illinois Division of Vital Records. Note that not all vital records are public.

Where and How to Obtain Will County Divorce Records

The Will County Court Clerk’s Office issues records of county divorces to interested requestors. Residents may obtain Will divorce records by visiting the courthouse or sending written requests. Ensure that the request contains the divorced parties’ names and the divorce date. Requestors may also add other available information, such as details of the court’s final judgment. Send the request to the court or visit in person using the following details:

Will County Circuit Court
Will County Courthouse
100 West Jefferson Street
Joliet, IL 60432
Phone: (815) 727-8592
Fax: (815) 740-8074

Interested persons may also obtain a dissolution of marriage records from the Illinois Department of Health’s Division of Vital Records. The Dissolution of Marriage Verification confirms the facts of all divorces since 1962. Verifiable facts include names, birth dates, event date, and event locations. To order, complete a dissolution of marriage verification application. Enclose the application with a check or money order for $5, payable to the “Illinois Department of Public Health.” Send to:

Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Vital Records
925 East Ridgely Avenue
Springfield, IL 62702-2737

Where and How to Get Confidential Will County Marriage Records

The Will County Clerk issues copies of marriage records to eligible persons. Access is restricted to the following persons:

  • Either party to the marriage
  • A spouse or parent
  • A child who is 18 years old or older
  • Members of the public that can prove the request is in the public interest and not for commercial or private gain
  • A genealogical researcher seeking records that are at least 50 years old

If eligible, complete a marriage certificate request form. The first copy of a Will County marriage certificate costs $9. Each additional copy of the same record costs $4 if ordered at the same time. Make checks or money orders payable to the Will County Clerk. Include the completed form with payment and a valid photo ID with the requestor’s signature. Send the request or visit in person at:

Will County Clerk
Attention: Vital Records
302 North Chicago Street
Joliet, IL 60432
Phone: (815) 740-4615

Requestors may also send the completed form to vitalrecords@willcountyillinois.com.

Where and How to Find Will County Birth Records

The Will County Clerk maintains records of county births and issues copies to eligible persons. Will County birth records are not public records. Eligible persons include:

  • The person named on the record is at least 18 years old
  • A parent named on the record
  • A legal guardian or legal representative with proof of guardianship or representation
  • A genealogical researcher requesting records at least 75 years old

To obtain a Will County birth certificate, complete the birth certificate request form. The first copy costs $9. Each additional copy of the same record costs $4 if ordered at the same time. Mail requests require checks or money orders payable to the Will County Clerk. The requestor must also present a valid photo ID with their signature. Visit in person or send the request by mail to:

Will County Clerk
Attention: Vital Records
302 North Chicago Street
Joliet, IL 60432
Phone: (815) 740-4615

Alternatively, send the request by email to vitalrecords@willcountyillinois.com

Where and How to Find Will County Death Records

Interested and eligible requestors may obtain Will County death records from the County Clerk. Access to these records is restricted to:

  • The decedent’s immediate relatives, including a spouse, child, sibling, or parent
  • Any person with proof of a personal or property right interest in the record
  • Anyone requesting genealogical research if the record is at least 20 years old

The County Clerk issues copies of Will County death certificates by mail or in person. To order, complete a death certificate request form with the decedent’s name, date of death, and place of death. Include a check or money order payable to the “Will County Clerk.” The first copy costs $13. Each additional copy of the same record costs $8, if ordered at the same time. Include a valid ID with the requestor’s signature. Send a mail request or visit in person, using the following details:

Will County Clerk
Attention: Vital Records
302 North Chicago Street
Joliet, IL 60432
Phone: (815) 740-4615

The County Clerk also receives email requests sent to vitalrecords@willcountyillinois.com