Official PBC Record Suspension Application Guide and forms

Notice to pardon and record suspension applicants: Possible postal service disruption.

The PBC is committed to maintaining its services to pardon and record suspension applicants should there be a disruption in postal services.  Although some delays may be unavoidable, we will make every effort to minimize the impact of a postal strike on our ability to communicate with applicants and process their applications. 


Your application can be dropped off at or couriered to one of PBC’s regional offices, except for the Quebec regional office in Montreal, which only accepts couriered packages. 


Information for B.C. and Ontario residents applying for a record suspension. 

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:

Application Guide


The RCMP now only accepts electronic fingerprints. Read more about changes to the fingerprinting requirements.

Application Forms (PDF)

Service standards

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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