(5) the document makes a claim regarding or purports to
affect citizenship, immunity, allegiance to a government
or jurisdiction, sovereignty, or any similar or related
(6) the Secretary of State has reasonable cause to
believe the document may be used to accomplish any
fraudulent, criminal, or unlawful purpose.
(c) A person may not remove an apostille, certification,
any part of the apostille or certification, or the "great seal
of the State of Illinois" from any document to which the
Secretary of State has affixed it. This act or any attempt to
do so shall render the apostille or certification invalid.
(d) The Secretary of State shall have the power and
authority reasonably necessary to administer this Section
efficiently, to perform the duties imposed by this Section, and
to adopt rules relating to those duties, in accordance with the
Illinois Administrative Procedure Act.
The Criminal Code of 2012 is amended by adding
Section 32-8.1 as follows:
(720 ILCS 5/32-8.1 new)
Tampering with a certification by a public
(a) A person commits tampering with a certification by a
public official when he or she knowingly, without lawful
authority, and with the intent to defraud any individual,
entity, public officer, or governmental unit, uses a
certification or part of a certification by a public official,
including but not limited to an apostille, the "great seal of
the State of Illinois", or other similar certification, in
connection with any document he or she knows or reasonably
should know is not the original document for which the public
official originally issued the certification.
(b) Sentence. Tampering with a certification by a public
official is a Class A misdemeanor for a first offense and a
Class 4 felony for a second or subsequent offense.
This Act takes effect July 1,