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Introduction

The Police Clearance Certificate / Criminal Record Check states that you have not been convicted of any criminal offences for the given period of time.

A police clearance certificate is a copy of your criminal record or a declaration of the absence of any criminal record. Police clearance certificates are different in each country and territory and may be called police certificates, good conduct certificates, judicial record extracts, pcc, etc. They are issued by police authorities or government departments and used by Citizenship and Immigration to prevent individuals who possess a risk to Country's security from entering the country

Eligibility

If you are IN CANADA
  • you must have your fingerprints taken on form C-216C at your local police station or private accredited fingerprinting agency.
  • Depending on the police jurisdiction, a fee may be required.
If you are OUTSIDE OF CANADA
  • contact the nearest police force which offers fingerprinting services. The RCMP will accept fingerprint forms from foreign countries that contain the following:
  • rolled and flat impressions of all ten fingers taken with black ink
  • full name, date of birth and sex of the applicant
  • the name and address of the police agency
  • the signature of the official taking the fingerprints

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Instructions

As of July 1, 2014, if fingerprints are required for a criminal record check, they must be submitted electronically to CCRTIS. Electronic fingerprint submissions improve service levels and accuracy of your screening.

If you reside in Canada, you simply have to contact one of these accredited companies or police services to submit your fingerprints electronically and avoid delays.

Electronic fingerprint submissions to the RCMP is not currently available outside of Canada. You may contact accredited companies within Canada who will digitize ink fingerprints and submit them electronically to the RCMP.

Please note that after July 1, 2014, paper submissions will not be processed and will be returned to the originator.

  • To conduct a criminal record check we require a full set of fingerprints, including both rolled and flat impressions of all ten fingers.
  • Complete all fields on the fingerprint form.
  • Incomplete forms will be returned to the applicant unprocessed.

Required Information

  • your full name
  • date of birth
  • sex
  • mailing address
  • phone number
  • fax number
  • e-mail address

Procedure

Apply from Inside Canada
  1. You must have your fingerprints taken on form C-216C at your local police station or private accredited fingerprinting agency.
  2. Make sure you collect all the documents which are required
  3. Mail your request
Apply from Outside Canada
  • Contact you nearest police station which can provide you with fingerpriting service.
    • Rolled and flat impressions of all ten fingers taken with black ink
    • Full name, date of birth and sex of the applicant
    • The name and address of the police agency
    • The signature of the official taking the fingerprints
  • Make sure you collect all the documents which are required
  • Mail your request

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Required Documents

  • Original fingerprint form.
  • Reason for application document
  • Processing fee
  • Third Party Consent Letter( if applicable )

Fees

Explain the fees structure which is required for obtaining the certificate/document.

Validity

Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use

Application forms

Sample Documents

Please attach sample completed documents which would help other people who would like to follow this procedure.    

Processing Time

Wait times for a criminal record checks and VS checks vary depending on many different factors such as:

  • The type of submission received: paper fingerprint or electronic fingerprint
  • The number of applications received at different times of the year
  • The amount of manual processing related to the application

Office Locations & Contacts

By Mail

Director General
Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services
RCMP, NPS Bldg.
1200 Vanier Parkway
Ottawa ON K1A 0R2

By Courier

Director General
Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services
RCMP, NPS Bldg., Loading Dock #1
1200 Vanier Parkway
Ottawa ON K1A 0R2

You have some contact information which might help you out http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cont/index-eng.htm

Accredited companies

Police Services

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Provincial Contacts

Forward your request with all relevant documents by mail or courier. Mailing addresses.

Embassies and Consulates

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Video

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type="website">video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites.
Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0US7oR_t3M" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M". 
	

Information which might help

Clearly indicate the reason for your certified criminal record check:

  • Adoptions - Canadian and International
  • Foreign travel - Visas, U.S. Waivers, Border Crossing
  • Employment Footnote - federal, provincial, municipal governments; private industry; Canadian police forces
  • Volunteer work
  • Applications for immigration to Canada Footnote
  • Applications for Canadian Citizenship
  • Applications to obtain criminal record to apply for a Pardon
  • Name change
  • Permanent residency in foreign countries (all countries except Canada)

Applicants for employment or volunteer work must specify the job title or position sought in the "REASON FOR APPLICATION" portion of the fingerprint form.

Applicants for immigration to Canada must enter the name and address of the Canadian Immigration Center, Embassy, Consulate or High Commission handling the case in the "Name and Address of Contributing Agency/Dept" portion of the C216C.


Other uses of the Document/Certificate

In many immigration cases you may be requested by relevant Government to present Police Clearance Certificate from another country where you have resided for some time. If you are going through immigration process, you will definitely be asked for such a certificate.

All persons (principal applicants and dependants (spouse and children, whether accompanying the applicant to Canada or not) applying for permanent residence in Canada who are aged 18 years or older require a police certificate from each country they have lived in for six months or longer since 18years of age (or since 16 years of age for Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Iran). In some cases, persons applying for temporary residence (workers, students, visitors) may also be required to provide a police certificate. As well, persons who have lived in a country for less than six months may also be required to provide a police certificate.

External Links

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/security/police-cert/north-america/canada.asp

How to Obtain a Certified Criminal Record Check

Others

An electronic fingerprint submission to the RCMP is not currently available outside of Canada. You may contact third party agencies within Canada who will digitize ink fingerprints and submit them electronically to the RCMP. You may search International Fingerprinting Services on the internet. Electronic processing significantly reduces processing times when there is no match to an RCMP fingerprint holding

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