Some Useful Tips to Remember

Important: Additional eligible offences have been added to the Schedule to the Expungement Act. Find out more.


Make sure that you follow the steps listed in the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) Expungement Application Guide and complete the checklist before submitting your application.

Applications that are incomplete or missing information could lead to your application being returned to you and/or delay its processing.

The following are the most common mistakes made by applicants when submitting an application.

Useful Tips

  • Not eligible to apply

    Before submitting an application, you are strongly encouraged to review the Eligibility Criteria to check if you are eligible to apply for an expungement order.

  • Missing court and or police documents for conviction(s)

    You must make all reasonable efforts to get court and/or police documents for each of your eligible convictions. See Step 2 in the PBC Expungement Application Guide.

  • Missing required form and/or documentation

    Make sure that you fill in the required form and get all of your required documentation. If your application is missing any information, the required form or documentation, it could be returned to you as incomplete.

    Make sure that you complete all steps in the PBC Expungement Application Guide and that you complete the checklist.

  • Missing name and/or signature on application form

    If your signature is missing on the application form, your application may be returned to you as incomplete.

  • No forwarding address provided

    The PBC must be able to contact you.

    If you move while your application is being processed, make sure that you notify the Board in writing of your updated mailing address, which includes your name, application reference number, new mailing address, and your signature. See Step 7 in the Expungement Application Guide.

  • Proof of identity is not legible

    The photocopy of your proof of identification must be legible. If the Board cannot read your proof of identification, it will be returned to you and may cause delays in the processing of your application.  See Step 5 in the Expungement Application Guide.

  • Not making photocopies of documents

    Before you submit your application, make copies of your official documents and form for your own records, in case you need to refer to them later.

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