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Getting a certified criminal record is an important part of the Record Suspension or US Entry Waiver application process. Some people ask us why it takes so long. They often say, “My friend got a police check in a few hours.” The certified criminal record is different from the police check. It lists details of a conviction. In comparison, a police check only states whether the person has a criminal record. Sometimes it says it’s unclear whether or not the person has a criminal record. This is what an employer will look at before they hire you.

On the other hand, the certified criminal record check is provided by the RCMP.  This is done by using your fingerprints to search the RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records. Currently the RCMP states that the wait for a certified criminal record is 120 days or longer. If you are waiting on fingerprints, you must wait the 120 days before contacting the RCMP for an update. This is one of the reasons why it is important to start the Record Suspension process as soon as possible. Don’t wait until you are applying for jobs or trying to access other opportunities. This will only add to your stress. Don’t wait until you need to cross the border for work. Get started before you need to travel.

Certified criminal record and fingerprints

In order to get your certified criminal record, you will need to get fingerprints. If electronic fingerprints are available in your area, you should get these. It will save you time. A local police detachment or accredited company can take your fingerprints. When you sign up with Pardon Services Canada, we will give you a list of recommended locations.

Your certified criminal record will contain the fingerprints on file (if you have been charged and convicted) and a list of the charges, discharges and convictions.

Why do I need electronic fingerprints?

Electronic fingerprints increase the accuracy of the screening. Not all police detachments are equipped to do digital fingerprints. Call ahead to find out, especially if you live in a small town. They may be able to recommend you to an accredited agency. Otherwise, your ink fingerprints will have to be scanned.

The RCMP uses fingerprints because it eliminates the possibility that the wrong person will be associated with a record. This could happen if someone had a similar name.

If you are ready to get started on the Record Suspension or US Entry Waiver process, contact us today. Find out how we can help at 1-866-972-7366.