Some Useful Tips to Remember
Important! Effective March 31, 2021, the record suspension application fee has increased to $657.77. Find out more.
Make sure that you follow the steps in the Official PBC Record Suspension Application Guide and complete the checklist at the back of the Guide before submitting your application.
Applications that are incomplete or missing information will 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 a record suspension application.
Incorrect or missing application fee
The application fee to apply for a record suspension is $657.77. You can pay by certified cheque, bank draft or money order, payable to the Receiver General for Canada, or by credit card.
Not eligible to apply
Criminal Record is missing convictions
Once you receive your Criminal Record from the RCMP, check it carefully to make sure that all of your convictions are on it. If any convictions are missing, you must get a Proof of Conviction for each missing conviction. See Step 1 in the PBC Record Suspension Application Guide.
Missing court information for conviction(s)
You must get Court Information for each of your convictions. This must include proof of payment for any fines, victim surcharges, restitution, and compensation (including the date of final payment). This must also include the method of trial for each conviction (either summary or indictable). See Step 2 in the PBC Record Suspension Application Guide.
Missing required form(s) and/or documentation
Make sure that you fill-in all required forms and get all of your required documentation. If your application is missing any information, required forms, or documentation, it will be returned to you.
Make sure that you complete all steps in the PBC Record Suspension Application Guide and that you complete the checklist at the back of the Guide.
Missing name and/or signature on official forms (both sides)
If your signature is missing on any forms (example: court forms, local police record forms) your application will be returned to you as incomplete. Note that most forms require that you sign your name on both sides of the form. If you are attaching additional pages to a form, you should print and sign your name on each additional page that you attach.
Missing official stamps and signatures on forms
Forms and other official documents that are missing official stamps or signatures (example: court forms, local police record forms) will result in your application being returned to you as incomplete.
No forwarding address provided
The Parole Board of Canada (PBC) must be able to contact you. If the Board cannot contact you directly, your application may not be processed.
If you move while your application is being processed, make sure that you send the Board a letter with your updated mailing address, which includes your name, application personal reference number, new mailing address, and your signature. See Step 7 in the Record Suspension 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, your application will be returned to you as incomplete. See Step 5 in the Record Suspension Application Guide.
Not answering questions truthfully and/or completely
You must answer all questions truthfully and completely.
Concealing information or making false or deceptive statements will result in your application being denied or your record suspension being revoked or ceasing to have effect at a later date.
Not providing original documents
Enclose original documents only with original signatures and official seals or stamps. If you do not, your application will be returned to you as incomplete.
Not making photocopies of documents
Before you submit your application, make copies of your official documents and forms for your own records, in case you need to refer to them later.
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