Step 1 - Get your Criminal Record

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Step 1 – Get Your Criminal Record

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Now, let's take a look at Step 1 in the Application Guide - Getting your Criminal Record.

You will need to submit an original copy of your Criminal Record with your application.

To get your Criminal Record, contact your local Police Service to have your fingerprints taken on a Fingerprint Form.

Note that there is a fee for this service.

Make sure that the Fingerprint Form clearly shows that you are applying for a Record Suspension.

Once you have gotten your Fingerprint Form, send it to the RCMP at the following address along with a certified cheque, money order, or bank draft for $25.00 Canadian, payable to the Receiver General of Canada.

After you send your fingerprints to the RCMP, you will need to wait to receive your Criminal Record or Certification of No Criminal Record.

The board will accept either one. If you have convictions outside of Canada, you must also submit information to the board on these convictions, along with your Criminal Record.

Once you receive your Criminal Record from the RCMP, check it carefully to make sure that all of your convictions are on it.

If all of your convictions do appear on your Criminal Record, go to Step 2 in the Application Guide, entitled:"Get Your Court Information".

If all your convictions do not appear on your Criminal Record, you must get a Proof of Conviction for each conviction that is missing, or for "No Record".

To do this, contact the Court that heard your case and / or the Police Service that arrested you.

Your Proof of Conviction must include: the date and court where you were sentenced, the offence that resulted in your conviction, the sentence you received, and the arresting Police Force.

If the Court and/ or Police Service does not have a record of your conviction, ask that they confirm this in writing, and contact the board's toll-free information line at 1-800-874-2652 for assistance.

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