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Fingerprinting Information Canada
Fingerprinting is used to complete background checks and vulnerable sector checks in Canada via the RCMP Civil Fingerprint Division in Ottawa also known as the Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services (CCRTIS).
When your fingerprints are submitted they will be verified against the information contained in CPIC.
What is CPIC?
The Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) is the central repository of criminal records and other relevant information in Canada. It is Canada’s only national law enforcement networking computer system ensuring officers all across the country can access the same information.
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If you do not have any personal information recorded in CPIC it means that you do not have a criminal record at the national level. However, you may still have something on file with local police jurisdictions, court, etc.
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Getting Fingerprints to Obtain Your Criminal Record
If you have a criminal record fingerprinting services are used to retrieve your criminal record report from the RCMP, the details of which are stored in CPIC. The only way to retrieve this information for civil (non-criminal) purposes is to send your fingerprints to the RCMP for certification. Here is an example of an RCMP report that contains a criminal record.
Fingerprinting can be done in person electronically or by standard ink on paper methods. Please note that the CCRTIS program does NOT accept ink based fingerprinting submissions except in cases where the applicant’s fingerprints cannot be taken electronically.
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Fingerprinting in Person
Walk in services are available at our offices located in downtown Montreal and Toronto.
Mobile Services at Your Chosen Location
In certain cases we are available to come to your location in order to provide fingerprinting services. Typically this is done for groups of ten or more but mobile fingerprinting is also included in our Executive Pardon and Waiver Service.
For more information on our mobile fingerprinting solutions please contact one of our Directors:
By phone: extension 227
By phone: extension 221
By phone: extension 225
Or click this link to make a request regarding Mobile Fingerprinting Solutions
Card Scan, International and Remote Location Services
Card scanning is for people who require digitized fingerprint solutions but are unable to visit one of our walk in centres. This is most commonly used by people who are living outside of Canada but require an RCMP certified background check. However it is also used by people who live in remote locations in Canada who do not have access to Live Scan Fingerprinting systems.
Card scan services work by providing us with a set of ink fingerprints that can normally be taken at your nearest police station. Once received your ink fingerprints are scanned, digitized and then submitted electronically to the RCMP CCRTIS division.
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International Fingerprinting Services
Ink Fingerprint Services
In cases you may require a set of fingerprints taken the traditional way or rolling ink impression onto paper fingerprinting forms.
In Canada this is most commonly done for FBI certified background checks. We have FBI cards available in our office for this purpose. But you may require a set of ink fingerprints for other reasons. In these cases we can provide you with your fingerprints taken on RCMP C 216-C forms.
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Reason for Requesting your Fingerprint Certification
When requesting a fingerprint certification you must correctly identify the reason for the request. Our counsellors can assist you in determining the right option for you but it is ultimately your responsibility to know what type of request you require.
Fingerprint certifications can be submitted for any of the following:
- Adoption (Canadian or International)
- Canadian Citizenship
- Employment (Federal Government)
- Employment (Other)
- Employment (Police)
- Employment (Private Industry)
- Employment (Provincial Government)
- Landed Immigrant Status
- Name Change
- National Sex Offender Registry
- Other (Specify Reason)
- Pardon Application (Record Suspension)
- Privacy Act Request (CMP-PPU-030)
- Visa / Border Crossing / Foreign Travel / Work
- Volunteer Employment
Vulnerable Sector Checks
Accredited agencies are able to assist ONLY with the fingerprinting portion of a Vulnerable Sector Check. But the process for a VS search MUST start and finish at your local police station. If the police jurisdiction in your area does not provide fingerprinting services they may refer you to us for this portion of the vulnerable sector search.
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The following time frames are averages only and are not strictly guaranteed by the CCTRIS program. However, at our electronic fingerprinting facilities in Montreal and Toronto we feel the RCMP does a very good job of responding within the expected time frames.
No criminal record to report: 3 days + Mailing Time
With criminal record report: Up to 120 days.
With or without criminal record to report: 22 Weeks
Vulnerable Sector Searches
For VS search processing times please see the following:
Direct Connect Accreditation
The National Pardon Centre is accredited by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. We were invited to participate in the pilot program that launched digital fingerprinting in Canada and we currently maintain one of only 6 servers in Canada connected directly to the CCRTIS program for fingerprinting purposes.
There are many reasons you may be required to obtain fingerprints in Canada. It can be anything from foreign visa applications to workplace background checks.
The National Pardon Centre helps clients from all over the world submit digital fingerprints to the RCMP or obtain a set of ink fingerprints for reasons such as foreign visa applications or workplace background checks.
Requirements for On Site Services
We require you to bring two pieces of government issued identification. If you have any questions about our fingerprinting service simply contact one of our experts today. Or simply drop into one of our offices. Our friendly fingerprinting technicians are happy to help.
Acceptable forms of Identification include anything that was issued by a government agency. Examples include:
- Driver’s Licence
- Birth Certificate
- Social Insurance Card
- Health Insurance Card
- Immigration Document(s): Citizenship Card, Landed Papers, Permanent Resident’s Card, Work Permit, etc.
- Provincial Identification Card
Need more information?
If the above information hasn’t answered your questions please browse our FAQ page. Otherwise get in touch with a counsellor at the National Pardon Centre so that we can assist you.