Sometimes, a criminal record check cannot confirm your identity through your name alone, so you may have to provide fingerprints. This ensures that anyone charged or convicted of a crime can’t hide it, but it also protects people from being associated with crimes they did not commit.
The VPD provides this fingerprinting service for:
- immigration or citizenship purposes
- foreign travel, visas, US waivers
- legal name changes
- record suspension (pardon) applications
- security applications
- applications to work with children or vulnerable adults (part of the Criminal Record Review Program)
VPD Fingerprint Services is located at 3585 Graveley Street. We are open Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, by appointment only (closed statutory holidays).
You need to come in person for our electronic fingerprint service.
We submit the fingerprints on your behalf to the RCMP in Ottawa, where they will complete a fingerprint-based certified criminal record check.
We are not doing traditional ink-and-roll fingerprinting at this time.
Please see the RCMP Civil Fingerprint Screening Services website for information on their policies and timelines. If you are checking on the status of your record check, you can also call them at (613) 998-6362 or email CCRTIS-SCICTR@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.
What to Bring to Your Appointment
It’s essential to be prepared for your appointment. You must:
- Bring your completed Request for Fingerprint Service form. You can download the form or pick one up at our public information counters.
- Bring all relevant documents from the agency requesting your check (i.e., Criminal Records Review Program applicants must bring their CRRP forms; Canadian Citizenship and PR applicants MUST have their official request letter from the IRCC).
- Bring two pieces of valid government-issued identification (one must include a current photo).
- Bring payment for the services. We prefer credit or debit cards for payment. New service fees are effective January 1, 2023.