International Fingerprinting Services – RCMP Certifications From Abroad

Canadians and foreign nationals requiring RCMP fingerprint certifications while living abroad must submit a set of ink fingerprints to the National Pardon Centre for scanning and electronic certification.

To get started please print the following documents as you will need to include them with a set of fingerprints that will be sent to us at a later date. Please note you do not need to use the RCMP C216 C fingerprinting form included as long as your local police station or fingerprinting provider uses standardized fingerprinting forms with the same layout. They must be formatted exactly as they appear in the image below.

International Fingerprinting Order Forms – Download

The fingerprints MUST have ten rolled impressions on top followed by flat impressions below.

If possible you should complete the Biometric authorization.

Once your Fingerprints and Biometric Authorization form are complete please forward them to the following address:

National Pardon Centre
Fingerprinting Division
2 Carlton St. suite 1503
Toronto ON M5B 1J3

If you have any questions please contact a fingerprinting specialist at the National Pardon Centre.

Required Format for Fingerprinting Submissions


Receiving Your Results

You have three options for receiving your RCMP certification:

  1. Receive your results by regular mail directly from the RCMP.
  2. Receive your results by registered mail via the National Pardon Centre.
  3. Receive your results by Federal Express via the National Pardon Centre.
  4. Receive a scanned copy by email via the National Pardon Centre.

Fingerprinting: Reasons for Certification:

We can certify your fingerprints for many different purposes, including:

  • Immigration to Canada
  • Permanent Resident Status
  • Canadian Citizenship
  • Employment
  • Adoption
  • Canadian Pardon and US Waiver Applications
  • Foreign Travel (Visas)
  • Etc.

International Fingerprinting: Fees

  • Digitization and Certification of Ink Fingerprints: $195
  • Results Forwarded via Registered Mail (any location): $75
  • Results Forwarded by Federal Express via the National Pardon Centre: Cost TBD

Methods of Payment

We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, cheques, and money orders. If you prefer to pay via Interact transfer, please contact our office for further information.


  • One set of ink fingerprints
  • Photocopy of two pieces of government-issued ID (one with a photo)
  • Personal Information Biometric Release Form
  • Method of Payment

Please be advised that you do not need to use the fingerprint form that we provide, but submissions must have ten rolled impressions on top followed by flat impressions below. An example can be found on our website.

International Fingerprinting Time frames

If you do not have a criminal record or criminal history associated with you name, date of birth or fingerprints, then the results will take 72 hours (3 business days) to be processed by the RCMP.

If you do have a criminal record or criminal history associated with your name, date of birth or fingerprints, results are currently taking up to 120 days (approximately 3 to 4 months) to be processed by the RCMP.

Please account for mailing times associated with having the results forwarded to your chosen location.

Status Requests

The RCMP will respond to requests for status updates only after the stated waiting periods have passed.

Please include the following information with your request:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Certification reason
  • Date request submitted
  • Phone number where you can be reached

What Happens to my fingerprints?

After 90 days, the Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services destroys fingerprint submissions relative to civil screening…when the search process is completed. The fingerprints are not added to the RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records and are not searched for future purposes.”  – Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Any unanswered questions about the process? Please do not hesitate to contact us directly by phone: 416-477-1110 x 250 or email: We’re here to help.

Call us: 1-866-242-2411 8:30am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday