Protect Your Identity
You are NOT required to submit your Social
Security Number for court documents. If a disclosure
of a Social Security Number is required, only the last four
digits of the number will be used.
Pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court new
Rule 138, effective January 1, 2012: Unless otherwise
required by law or ordered by the court, parties shall not
include Social Security Numbers in documents filed with the
court, including exhibits thereto, whether filed
electronically or on paper.
Supreme Court Amended Rule 15: Social Security Numbers in
Pleadings and Related Matters December 24, 2013
(a.) Applicability. This rule
applies to all documents filed with he court in all cases
except civil cases. The confidential treatment of an
individual's Social Security number in civil case court
filings is separately provided for in Rule 138.
(b.) Unless otherwise required by law or ordered by the
court, parties shall not include Social Security numbers in
documents filed with the court, including exhibits thereto
whether filed electronically or in paper. If
disclosure of an individual's Social Security number is
required for a particular filing, only the last four digits
of that number shall be used. The filing must be
accompanied by a confidential information form in
substantial compliance with the attached NOTICE OF
CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION WITHIN COURT FILING, which
shall identify the full Social Security number and shall
remain confidential , except as to the parties or as the
court may direct.
(c.) Neither the court,
nor the clerk, will review each pleading for compliance with
this rule. If a pleading is filed without redaction, a party
or identified person may move the court to order redaction.
If the court finds the inclusion of the Social Security
number was willful, the court may award the prevailing party
reasonable expenses, including attorney fees and court
costs, incurred in making or opposing the motion.
(d) This rule does not require any party, attorney, clerk,
or judicial officer to redact information from a court
record that was filed prior to the adoption of this rule;
provided, however, that a party may request that a Social
Security number be redacted in a matter that preceded the
adoption of this rule.
FORM: NOTICE OF
CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION WITHIN COURT FILING
Amended Rule 138 (link)
Helpful links for computer and identity
Federal Bureau of Investigation
United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team
Federal Trade Commission Children's Privacy