|Court Pass Procedures|
Attorneys licensed to practice in the state of Illinois may purchase a security pass through the DuPage County Bar Association that allows them to enter the 18th Judicial Circuit court building via a separate attorney security line.
DuPage County allows cell phones with photo capability into the courthouse for attorneys with a current ARDC card. Attorneys must go through the public security line and show their ARDC card. Court Security reserves the right to refuse the admittance of any cell phone, at their discretion.Taking photos within the courthouse is forbidden of all attorneys.
Payment may be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx), check payable to DuPage County Bar Association (DCBA) or exact cash. Passes must be obtained in person. We will take your photo. Expect a new photo will be taken for renewals as well as new IDs.
Courthouse pass hours: January 2 – February 7, Monday through Friday, 8:30 - 11:30 am in the Attorney Resource Center on the 3rd Floor of the Judicial Center (505 N. Country Farm Rd., Wheaton) Watch for notices confirming exact dates. Due to equipment restraints, no passes are issued at the Bar Center during these dates.
Attorneys licensed outside of the state of Illinois must prove that they are licensed and in good standing in their home state. Contact the DCBA Executive Director, Leslie Monahan, at (630) 653-7779 for more information.
*The New Question on Your Courthouse ID Application
Within the year, anyone will be able to apply for and possibly receive a permit to carry a concealed firearm on his or her person. In the Firearm Concealed Carry Act (Public Act 98-0063), section 65, it lists all Courthouses as a prohibited area. Because DCBA has partnered with the DuPage Sheriff’s office to allow attorneys to bypass the security screening, the Sheriff’s office has requested that attorneys with a Concealed Carry permit have an ID with a red background behind his or her picture.
If you obtain a Concealed Carry permit, you are required to return to the Bar Center to have your picture retaken with the red background. There will be no additional charge for this replacement ID this year.
The red background will alert the DuPage Deputy at the bypass line that the attorney has a concealed carry permit. The Deputy may confirm with the attorney that he or she does not currently have a concealed firearm on his or her person. Anyone found to have a firearm in the courthouse will be charged with a Class B Misdemeanor. The Sheriff’s office has implemented this new rule to maintain security in the courthouse.
If you have any questions, please contact Chief Deputy Anthony Romanelli at 630-407-2321.