How to get a police certificate – Canada

If you need to give your fingerprints for a police certificate, this isn’t the same as giving your biometrics (fingerprints and photo) for an application.

Name of the document you need

Criminal record check

Police certificate and IRCC requirements

You don’t need to provide a police certificate when you apply for permanent residence in Canada. We’ll tell you if you need a Canadian criminal record check while your application is being processed.

How to apply

Visit the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) website for instructions.

Special considerations

Fingerprints must be submitted electronically to Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services (CCRTIS).

Electronic fingerprint submissions to the RCMP are not currently available from outside of Canada. You must contact an accredited company within Canada that will digitize ink fingerprints and submit them electronically to the RCMP.

Paper submissions will not be processed and will be sent back to you.

If you need to submit fingerprints for a citizenship application, they must be collected inside Canada.

RCMP service delays

There’s currently a large demand for RCMP criminal record checks. Your request may be delayed. If this delay has affected you, we’ll automatically extend the deadline to provide the criminal record check by 30 days. You don’t need to contact us or the RCMP to extend the deadline.

Contact information

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) website

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