Criminal Record Check BC

COVID-19 Service Impacts

Fingerprint Requirements

  • Police and RCMP detachments may temporarily be unable to complete fingerprinting requests
  • This may cause a service delay for criminal record check clearances where fingerprinting is required as part of the Vulnerable Sector (VS) check
  • We apologize for any inconvenience and encourage you to monitor communication from your local police department/ RCMP detachment and attend for fingerprinting when these services resume

The Criminal Records Review Act ensures that people who work with or may have potential for unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults undergo a criminal record check by the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP).

A person whose criminal record suggests they present a risk of physical or sexual abuse to children or a risk of physical, sexual or financial abuse to vulnerable adults will not have access to these groups.

To support British Columbia’s non-profit sector, volunteer organizations that are not covered by the act, but which have volunteers working with children or vulnerable adults, can have criminal record checks done by the CRRP for free.

For-profit organizations not covered by the Criminal Records Review Act that require criminal record checks for employees or volunteers are encouraged to contact their local police.

To help police provide a common approach to record checks, the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General has developed Model Policy Guidelines.  The guidelines detail the type of information police should or should not release about the findings of a criminal record check. The BC Association of Chiefs of Police endorses the guidelines.

The Criminal Records Review Unit (CRRU) of the RCMP has required that the Consent to Criminal Record Check Form of the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP) be amended to reflect the CRRU’s check procedures. Effective April 1, 2021, Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA) checks conducted by the CRRU could result in disclosure to the CRRP of any information in the queried databases, regardless of whether any identified occurrence resulted in a charge or conviction as defined under the CRRA. Applicants who choose to undergo a CRRA check after April 1, 2021 before the revised Consent to Criminal Record Check Form is rolled out and available for signature agree to the updated scope of disclosure as noted above.