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What's included in a police record check?
Clear language definitions to common legal terms.
When you apply for a job or a volunteer position, you may be asked for a police record check. You may also need a police record check for:
- a visa or other international travel document
- a citizenship application
- a name change application
- a record suspension application
There are 2 types of police record checks:
- a criminal record check
- a vulnerable sector check
Criminal record check
You can ask for a criminal record check at any police station. When you apply for a criminal record check, police search for your name in the National Repository of Criminal Records. This list is maintained by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
Vulnerable sector check
A vulnerable sector check includes everything a criminal record check does and more. You must go to your local police if you need a vulnerable sector check. The local police will search for your name in:
- the National Repository of Criminal Records
- the Investigative Data Bank on Canadian Police Information Centre
- the Police Information Portal
- local police records
If you have any criminal convictions on file, you must have your fingerprints taken and given to the RCMP. This is true whether you're applying for a criminal record check or a vulnerable sector check. Fingerprints are required so that the police can be sure that the criminal records are yours before they release the information.