Basic Fees and Copy Policy Illinois State Archives

Research in the Illinois State Archives Reference Room and Microfilm Reading Room may be conducted at no charge. Fees will be accessed for copies, certifications, and other services provided.

Archives staff will determine how or if original records may be copied due to age and fragility. Materials deemed too fragile will not be scanned or copied.

Researchers are permitted to take photographs of documents with a camera or cell phone at no charge. Small scanners without document feeders are permissible at the discretion of Archives staff.

Due to staff limitations, large reproduction requests may not be filled immediately and may only be provided as physical copies.

Illinois State Archives fees are set pursuant to 15 ILCS 305/5.5.


Out of State Research Fee Non-Illinois Resident Research Fee Policy $10
Document Certification $2 per
document certified
Federal Land Records $2 per page
Copies of legislative bills or other papers, made from microfilm reader/printers and photocopiers, not exceeding legal size .50 per page
Copies exceeding legal size $1 per page
Duplicated microfilm rolls $20 per roll
Compact Discs $20 per CD

Non-Illinois Resident Research Fee Policy

The Illinois State Archives is required to receive, from all out-of-state or non-Illinois residents, a $10 fee, prepaid and nonrefundable, along with all research requests before those requests may be honored. The fee will entitle the requester to up to 2 unofficial, non-certified copies of the records requested if those records exist.

Checks and money orders should be made payable to the Illinois Secretary of State and mailed to:
Illinois State Archives
Reference Unit
Margaret Cross Norton Building
Capitol Complex
Springfield, IL 62756

The Archives also accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit cards. A payment processor fee will be applied to credit card payments.