How To Get a Certified Criminal Record Check in Canada

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You may need to provide a Certified Criminal Record Check for adoptions, Canadian citizenship, visa applications, or work permits. The RCMP Civil Fingerprint Screening Services provide certified results.

Difficulty: Average

Time Required: Four months or more

Here's How:

  1. Go to your local police station and get the fingerprint form C-216C.
  2. Provide your fingerprints. There may be a fee.
  3. Complete the fingerprint form.
  1. Give the reason for application, for example, adoption or Canadian citizenship.
  2. If you are applying for landed immigrant status or immigration to Canada, enter the name and address of the Canadian immigration centre or embassy. If you have an immigration file number, write it below the address.
  3. Give your full name and date of birth, sex, mailing address and phone number and/or fax number and/or e-mail address.
  4. Check that the official taking your fingerprints has recorded the information accurately.
  5. Get a certified cheque or money order for the appropriate processing fee, made payable to the Receiver General for Canada. (Not all requests require a fee.) This processing fee is in addition to the fee for having your fingerprints taken.
  6. If you want your criminal record check forwarded to another individual or agency, provide a letter of consent authorizing the RCMP to do so. This is required by the Privacy Act. This letter of consent must be an original document.
  1. Send your request to: RCMP, Civil Fingerprint Screening Services, Box 8885, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 3M8
  2. Wait at least 120 days for your request to be processed. If you have questions, call 1-613-998-6362 (long-distance charges will apply).


  1. If you are living outside Canada, contact the nearest local police force that offers fingerprinting services, and use their form. Canadian embassies do not have these facilities.