Step 4 - Get your Local Police Records Check(s)

You must get a Local Police Records Check for:

  • The city or town where you live now (your current address) and
  • For each city or town where you have lived during the last 5 years (if you lived in that city or town for 3 months or more).


Each Local Police Records Check is only valid for 12 months from the date it was issued.

Here is how to get a Local Police Records Check

Fill in all questions on page 1 of the Local Police Records Check Form included at the back of this Guide. Photocopy it for each local Police Service that you need to contact.

Contact the local Police Service for the address where you live right now. In the past 5 years, if you have lived at addresses that are different from where you live right now, you must contact each local Police Service for each address where you lived. If you are not sure which Police Service to contact, ask the one where you live now.

If you lived outside of Canada you still need to contact the local Police Service where you lived outside of Canada. If the Police Service outside Canada will not give you a Local Police Records Check, a signed letter from the Police Service stating that you have been of good conduct will be accepted. If it is in a foreign language, you must have it translated into English or French and submit both the original and the translated version with your application form.

Show each local Police Service your Criminal Record and ask them to fill in the section on the Local Police Records Check Form called "For Police Use Only" on page 2 of the form.

You will need to show 1 current piece of photograph identification and 1 other piece of identification (contact the Local Police Service in advance to find out what types of identification they will accept).


Make sure each Police Service includes the following information on each Local Police Records Check Form or the Parole Board of Canada will return it to you:

  • All information required in the "For Police Use Only" section that is on page 2 of the form
  • Signature and date by the local Police Service
  • Local Police Service official seal or stamp
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