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What's included in a police record check?

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What's included in a police record check?

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October, 2016
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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

Fingerprints

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.

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