Official PBC Record Suspension Application Guide and forms
Important notice: If you have applied or are planning to apply for a record suspension, a recent Federal Court decision has resulted in changes to eligibility and wait times. Read more.
Information for record suspension applicants regarding victim surcharges
A December 14, 2018 Supreme Court of Canada ruling struck down the mandatory victim surcharge imposed on offenders as part of their sentencing under section 737 of the Criminal Code. Recent amendments to section 737 of the Criminal Code came into force on July 21, 2019, that restore victim surcharges by giving the court the ability to waive a victim surcharge under certain circumstances.
As a result, outstanding victim surcharges imposed under Section 737 of the Criminal Code on or after October 24, 2013 and on or before December 13, 2018 will not be considered when reviewing eligibility for a record suspension/pardon application. All other fines and surcharges must still be paid in full.
If your application was returned to you because of an outstanding victim surcharge that was imposed during the timeframe noted above, you are encouraged to re-submit your application.
Read the Parole Board of Canada Record Suspension Guide carefully before starting your application. It includes step-by-step instructions and all required forms for completing a record suspension application.
Please note that incomplete or missing information will lead to your application being returned to you and/or delay its processing.
Before starting your application, check that you are eligible to apply by using the PBC's Online Self-Assessment Tool.
The following videos also provide step-by-step instructions on filling out an application, and tips for avoiding common errors that can delay its processing:
The RCMP now only accepts electronic fingerprints. Read more about changes to the fingerprinting requirements.
Application Forms (PDF)
Record suspension applications are processed according to the following service standards by the Parole Board of Canada:
- Applications seeking a record suspension for an offence or offences tried summarily will be processed within 6 months of application acceptance.
- Applications seeking a record suspension for an offence or offences tried by indictment will be processed within 12 months of application acceptance.
- Applications in which the Board is proposing to refuse to order a record suspension will require up to 24 months after application acceptance to complete.
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