To protect the health and safety of our staff and customers, police record checks are being done by appointment only.

Please email us at recordchecks@vpd.ca to book an appointment. Include your name, city of residence, phone number, email address, name of employer or volunteer organization that requires the record check, and the purpose for your check (new employment or volunteer position or renewal for current position)

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Employers and volunteer organizations may ask you to get a police information check, also known as a background check, to see if you are suitable for a job or volunteer position, and also because you may be working with children or other vulnerable people.

You must contact us to make the request and give your permission for the search. The results are released directly to you and you can decide whether or not you want to share the results with the hiring organization.

The Vancouver Police Department has a neutral role when we provide a police information check. We do not make recommendations about whether you are suitable for the position, and police information should not automatically disqualify you. We rely in part upon information given by you, so we cannot guarantee it will identify all relative information.

The organization requesting the police information check must complete an initial review of your suitability for the position, and understand their obligations under the Human Rights Code regarding evaluation, hiring and training volunteers or employees, and bona fide reasons there are not to hire someone.

Vancouver residents can make an appointment at our 2120 Cambie Street location. We are open seven days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but by appointment only. Non-residents should contact their local police.

Police agencies across B.C., including both municipal and federal RCMP, have adopted consistent guidelines for police information checks.

Please note, cases where non-disclosable information indicates a significant threat to public safety, police agencies may either refuse to complete the check or take action under their duty-to-warn responsibilities.

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Two types of police information checks

A standard police information check does not include vulnerable sector screening, and is done for applicants who are not working with children or other vulnerable people.

It includes:

  • criminal convictions from CPIC and/or local databases
  • summary convictions, when identified
  • findings of guilt under the Youth Criminal Justice Act within the applicable disclosure period
  • outstanding entries, such as charges and warrants, judicial orders, peace bonds, and probation and prohibition orders (CPIC policy states information obtained from the investigative databank must be confirmed and authorized for release by the contributing agency)
  • absolute and conditional discharges for one or three years respectively

Does NOT include:

  • convictions where a pardon has been granted
  • convictions under provincial statutes
  • local police contact
  • Ministry of Transportation information (PARIS)
  • Special Interest Police (SIP) category of CPIC
  • Family Court restraining orders
  • foreign information
  • a Vulnerable Sector (VS) query to see if you have been convicted of and granted a record suspension for any of the sexual offences that are listed in the schedule to the Criminal Records Act
  • any reference to incidents involving mental health contact
  • diversions will not be released as police contact, and no reference to the occurrence is permitted (Criminal Code of Canada 717.4)
  • Youth Criminal Justice Act information beyond disclosure period
  • any reference to contagious diseases
  • dispositions including, but not limited to: stay of proceedings, withdrawn, dismissed, not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder, acquittals, and not guilty findings

* In cases where non-disclosable information indicates a significant threat to public safety, police agencies may refuse to complete the check or take action under their duty-to-warn responsibilities.

If the person is applying to work or volunteer with vulnerable people, the organization will ask for an expanded police information check that includes a search for record suspensions, or pardons, for any sex offences.

The Criminal Records Act describes vulnerable people as:

“Persons who, because of their age, a disability, or other circumstances, whether temporary or permanent,

(a) are in a position of dependence on others; or,

(b) are otherwise at a greater risk than the general population of being harmed by persons in a position of authority or trust relative to them.”

The VPD will complete a vulnerable sector check based on the applicant’s name and date of birth. If no record is found, a completed police information check will be provided to the applicant.

If the applicant’s gender and date of birth match to a pardoned sex offender record, or if the vulnerable sector search is inconclusive, we will ask the applicant to provide their fingerprints to the RCMP to confirm their identity, or to determine if they have ever received a record suspension, or pardon. This is not an accusation of a crime – fingerprints are used to confirm identity only, and the fingerprints will be destroyed after 90 days when the check is complete. As with all civil checks, the RCMP does not keep fingerprints on file and they will not be searched for future purposes.

If the RCMP confirms you have a record suspension, the information will be forwarded to the Minister of Public Safety, who must give permission for the release of all or part of the information in your file. The criminal record associated with the fingerprints will be returned to the VPD and will include the record suspension sexual offence information.

At this point, we need the applicant’s permission in writing to share the information. Once the consent form is signed, we must forward the information to the requesting employer or volunteer agency.

If the applicant chooses not to give permission and disclose their record(s), we must contact the requesting agency in writing and advise them that we unable to complete the police vulnerable sector check.

For more information, please visit RCMP Vulnerable Sector Checks.

A police information check with vulnerable sector screening includes:

  • criminal convictions (summary and indictable) from CPIC and/or local databases
  • outstanding judicial orders, such as charges and warrants, judicial orders, peace bonds, probation and prohibition orders (as per CPIC policy, information is confirmed and authorized for release by the contributing agency)
  • absolute discharges, for a period of one year from the date the applicant was found guilty, and conditional discharges, for a period of three years from the date the applicant was found guilty
  • charges recommended and/or processed by other means such as diversion or alternative measures
  • non-convictions including, but not limited to, stay of proceedings, withdrawn, dismissed, and cases of not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder
  • any additional information in police databases, including if you were a suspect in an offence (whether or not charged), subject to provincial retention periods specific to the offence type
  • adverse contact involving the threat or actual use of violence directed at other individuals, regardless of, but without disclosing mental health status
  • as authorized for release by the Minister of Public Safety, all record suspension (formerly known as pardoned) criminal convictions, including non sex offences, identified as a result of a vulnerable sector query

A police information check with vulnerable sector screening will NOT include:

  • convictions where a record suspension has been granted (except for sexual offences)
  • convictions under provincial statutes unless under exceptional circumstances
  • BC Motor Vehicle Branch information (PARIS), such as traffic violations or roadside driving suspensions
  • suspect information that would hinder an ongoing investigation or where the suspect has not been spoken to (this may result in the police information check being delayed or terminated)
  • Youth Criminal Justice Act information beyond applicable disclosure period
  • Special Interest Police category of CPIC
  • information gathered outside formal occurrence reports, such as street checks or Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD), except under exceptional circumstances
  • any reference to contagious diseases
  • victim/complainant information unless under exceptional circumstances
  • information from other countries for applicants who have resided outside Canada
  • Mental Health Act information

How to apply

  1. Email us at recordchecks@vpd.cato book an appointment.
  1. Fully complete the VPD police information check form. You can download the form or pick one up in person at our location.
  1. Email your completed form to recordchecks@vpd.ca and bring two pieces of government-issued identification (one of which must have a current photo) and fees to your appointment.Acceptable forms of identification are:
    • valid driver’s licence (with photo)
    • valid BC Identification card (with photo)
    • valid passport
    • valid Permanent Residency card
    • current student ID for youth applicants only (ages 12 to 17)
    • birth certificate
    • valid citizenship card
    • valid Indian status card
    • valid nexus card

    The BC Services Card, which combines the BC driver’s licence and Care Card, is considered one form of identification.

    We do not accept S.I.N. cards, or debit or credit cards. If your identification does not include your Vancouver address, you must also provide proof of residency in Vancouver, such as a current bank statement or utility bill that is in your name.

  1. If you are volunteering a service, or if you are a student currently attending school, we require a document on agency letterhead from the organization requesting the police information check which includes:
    • your name
    • whether you will be involved with or responsible for children or the vulnerable sector
    • verification that you are volunteering a service or in an unpaid practicum position
    • the name and title of the person requiring the police information check, as well as the full agency name, address, and phone number, and the name of the person in authority
  1. FEES  – The Vancouver Police Department accepts debit, VISA, and MasterCard for payment of fees.
Police information checks * $78.00
Adoption applicants (plus RCMP fingerprint submission fee) $78.00
Record suspension $78.00
RCMP fingerprint submission fee $25.00
Volunteers (letter of proof required) ** $26.00
Practicum students (unpaid position with letter of proof required) $26.00

* Do you require more than one police information check? It will cost $10 for each additional embossed original. In order to offer this reduced fee, you will need to make the request on the same date that you apply – this cannot be backdated or offered on a future date.

** There is no additional charge for volunteers who have to submit fingerprints. If your screening is for employment purposes, the RCMP charges a $25 fee, which we collect on their behalf.

Reconsideration request process

If you believe an error has been made in your police information check, or if you have any questions, please email vpdpsusupvr@vpd.ca or call (604) 717-0560.

If you have had a police information check with vulnerable sector screening and you want to have the information excluded from the results, mail your written request within 30 days after your background check was completed to:

Director
Information Management Section
Vancouver Police Department
3585 Graveley Street
Vancouver, BC   V5K 5J5

Your reconsideration request will be considered by someone not involved in your original application for a background check, and someone senior to the original processor.

Requests are processed as quickly as possible, in the following stages:

  1. We confirm that all procedures and guidelines have been followed
  2. We check that all disclosed offences or contacts are confirmed and releasable
  3. Your request for information to be excluded is considered
  4. We provide you with a written explanation of our final decision

If you would like information removed from a regular police information check without vulnerable sector screening, you can use the Record Suspension process through the Parole Board of Canada.