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January 23, 2024

Do I have to register my protection order in Illinois in order to get it enforced?

Illinois state law gives full protection to an out-of-state protection order as long as you can show the officer a copy of the order and can truthfully tell the officer that you believe the order is still in effect. It does not have to be entered into the state or federal registry in order to be enforced by an Illinois police officer, but the officer does need to believe that it is a valid (real) order.1

1 750 ILCS 60/222.5(c); 735 ILCS 5/12-652(c); 750 ILCS 60/301(b)