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January 23, 2024

What if I don't register my protection order? Will it be more difficult to have it enforced?

It should not be more difficult to have your order enforced if you do not register it.  Illinois requires law enforcement officials to enforce an out-of-state protection order even if it has not been registered in Illinois as long as you can show the officer a copy of the order.1 A certified copy of a protection order is automatically assumed to be valid, so you might want to keep a certified copy of your order with you.2

If you are unsure about whether registering your order is the right decision for you, you may want to contact a local domestic violence organization in your area. An advocate there can help you decide what the safest plan of action is for you in Illinois. To see a list of local domestic violence organizations in Illinois, go to our IL Advocates and Shelters page.

1 750 ILCS 60/301(b)
2 720 ILCS 5/12-30