Fingerprints Card Scanning
If the applicant is living outside of Canada or an area that digital fingerprinting is not available, Edmonton Fingerprinting Services is accredited by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to digitize ink fingerprints and then submit to the RCMP electronically.
The process is straight forward and secure. The applicant can get fingerprints taken by the local police agency, then send us the original fingerprint form along with other required documents, we will then digitize the paper fingerprints (ink & roll, or livescan print) with our advanced and certified card scan technology and equipment to submit the application to the RCMP's Canadian Criminal Real Time Information System (CCRTIS) via secured connection. CCRTIS will compare the fingerprint application against the RCMP's criminal record database and issue a Certified Criminal Record Check certificate, and the certificate will be sent by the RCMP to the applicant or a third party directly.
Application Process Overview
- Email Edmonton Fingerprinting Services (Contact Us) to obtain a package of Fingerprints Card Scanning Application Forms and Instructions.
- Review Document Checklist and complete Application Forms.
- Get your fingerprints taken by a local police agency.
- Gather all document and submit an scanned copy to us for verification.
- We will review application and send you an invoice for payment.
- You can make the payment by Email Transfer, Credit Card, WeChat or Alipay.
- Once we confirm your application is complete, you can then send ALL original documents to our office.
- After receiving your application documents, we will digitize fingerprints and submit the application to the RCMP.
- The RCMP will process your Criminal Record Check application and issue a police certificate to you or your designated third party via Canada Post Regular Mail.
- OPTIONAL: You can complete the Third Party Consent form indicating that Edmonton Fingerprinting Services is to receive the result from RCMP, then we will forward the result to you by courier (shipping and handling fees apply).
Who needs to be fingerprinted in Canada?
Those seeking employment with certain corporations and agencies
Applicants for foreign travel, passports, work permits, visas and US waivers
Citizenship, permanent resident and immigration applicants
International adoption applicants
Security license applicants
Real Estate/Realtor Licence
Licensed ACMPR (Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations) Producer
How long will it take for digital fingerprints to be processed by the RCMP?
If the applicant does not have a criminal record and has never been fingerprinted for a criminal offence in Canada, the RCMP will make every effort possible to process the request within 72 hours of receiving the electronic submission. This means that the RCMP will put the results in the mail for mailing back to the applicant or third party within 72 hours. In view of this, please ensure sufficient time is allowed for receipt of the results in the mail before commencing inquiries about the status of fingerprint records. If a criminal record is encountered during the verification process, processing will be increased to 120 days.
How can I find out about the status of a submission once it has been sent to the RCMP?
Once Edmonton Fingerprinting Services submits your fingerprints electronically you will receive confirmation via e-mail (if an e-mail address is provided on your application) that your fingerprints have been successfully received by the RCMP. If you require further information or have questions regarding your fingerprints you can contact the RCMP Civil Fingerprint Screening Services via e-mail.
What identification do I need?
You must provide two pieces of valid government issued identification, at least one of which must be photo ID.
The following types of identification are acceptable:
- Driver’s License
- Birth Certificate
- Canadian Citizenship Card or Certificate
- Permanent Resident Card
- Certificate of Indian Status
- Immigration Documents (Study Permit, Work Permit, Visitor Record, Landing Paper)
- Military Family ID
- Nexus Card
- Federal Government Employee ID
- Firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL)
- Health Care Card (Not all provinces accept health cards as valid government issued ID. Please refer to provincial regulations.)
- Social Insurance Number (SIN) can not be used as an ID.
- Expired identification can not be accepted.