How do I get my fingerprint records destroyed?

4. Ask for your fingerprints to be destroyed

You must send your request to have your fingerprint records and photos destroyed to the local police agency where you were charged. If they approve your request, the local police agency will tell the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to destroy their copy of your records too.

Each police agency has its own procedure and may have its own forms. Ask the police agency that took your fingerprints what procedure you should follow. For more information, refer to “You may also need” at the end of this step.

There will be processing fees

Some police services a processing fee to have your fingerprint records and photos destroyed. For example, the Durham Regional Police charge $65 to process your application. This fee is only for processing your application. Your money will not be refunded if they decide not to destroy your records.

To avoid paying the processing fee more than once, wait until you’re eligible to have your records destroyed.

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