2. Criminal Record Check Methods
3. Reasons to be fingerprinted
4. How to obtain a set of fingerprints in Calgary
5. Electronic Fingerprinting
6. Ink and Roll Fingerprinting
7. Fingerprinting: RCMP Processing Times
8. Criminal Offence Penalty Chart
10. Benefits of a 48 Hour Name Check
11. History of 48 Hour Name Checks in Canada
12. What will a 48 Hour Name Check reveal?
13. Sample 48 Hour Name Check
14. When are fingerprints required?
15. When is a Name Check inappropriate
16. About Us
A criminal record check completed in Canada reveals one of the following:
- criminal convictions and related information found in the RCMP database;
- pardoned or suspended criminal record (if ordered under the Privacy Act); or
- confirmation that NO criminal record exists.
Related information includes discharges (which stay on your record for 1 year if absolute or 3 years if conditional) and stay of proceedings. All local police voluntarily register most convictions and related information in the RCMP database.
NOTE: We also provide ink fingerprinting services for criminal record checks completed outside Canada.
You may obtain a criminal record check using one of the following three methods:
- Ink & Roll Fingerprinting
- Digital (Electronic) Fingerprinting
- 48 Hour Name Search (based upon name and date of birth search only)
- Converting Ink Prints to Digital (when you want faster results)
- Admission into Educational Programs
- Canadian Citizenship
- Canadian Pardon
- Immigration (Canada)
- Immigration (Foreign)
- Landed Immigrant Status
- Legal Name Change
- Permanent Residency
- Record Suspension
- Temporary Study and Work Visas (Canada)
- Temporary Study and Work Visas (Foreign)
- United States Visa Waiver
- United States Waiver
Effective May 1, 2010, the Calgary Police Service no longer provides non-criminal fingerprinting services to the public for all civil matters such as immigration, name changes, international adoptions and pardons (unless it is a vulnerable sector search).
The Canadian Legal Resource Centre Inc. has clearance from the RCMP to
- take and submit ink or digital fingerprints;
- to submit fingerprints to the Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services for processing (located at RCMP, NPS Building, 1200 Vanier Parkway, Ottawa, ON K1A 0R2); and
- to process 48 Hour Name Checks (based upon a search of name and date of birth only).
There are 3 ways to request a criminal record check: (a) Ink and Roll Fingerprint Based Search; (b) Electronic Fingerprint Based Search; and (c) 48 Hour Name and Date of Birth Search.
For criminal record searches in Canada:
- Obtain electronic fingerprint based criminal history screening when you need a criminal record search done in Canada
- Fastest and most reliable results produced with this type of search.
- Also referred to as digital fingerprinting.
For criminal record searches in Canada:
- Obtain ink and roll fingerprints in Canada when there is NO electronic fingerprinting agency near you.
- Ink prints take an average 10 weeks longer to be processed than electronic fingerprinting.
- If you want the fastest results possible, contact our office.
- We can convert your ink prints to digital prints for so long as the criminal record search is being conducted in Canada.
- Individuals living outside Canada that want a criminal records search done in Canada can also submit ink prints to us for conversion to digital to ensure a faster processing time.
For criminal record searches outside Canada
- You need ink and roll fingerprints for processing in other countries.
- Ink and Roll fingerprinting is also used for legal name changes in Canada.
To summarize, you need ink fingerprinting for one of the following reasons: (a) for processing in Canada when there is no electronic fingerprinting agency near you or you are outside Canada; (b) for processing outside Canada; and (c) for legal name change.
- Select here: How long will it take for my ink or digital fingerprints to be processed in Canada?
- All fingerprinting agencies use the same technology that allows us to take and submit fingerprints to the RCMP instantly.
- RCMP handles all requests received on a first-come first serve basis. They do not accept requests for emergency.
- No fingerprint agency can promise faster processing than another fingerprint agency.
- Select here: Criminal Offence Penalty Chart (summary vs hybrid vs indictable)
- Name Checks are criminal record background checks in Canada which are based upon a search of an individual’s name and date of birth only.
- This search can only be done for employment screening.
- This type of search is quick and effective (only 48 hours) and is an alternative to fingerprint based screening.
- It is up to the employer to determine the possible risk that you may not really be certain of an individual’s identity.
- You can not be sure that the individual has provided all legal names they have ever gone by or been convicted of.
- Their particulars may also have been entered into the criminal record database incorrectly.
- Name checks were common practice for years as a quick way of screening an individual to determine if they have a criminal record.
- As electronic fingerprint screening is most reliable (it is based upon fingerprints, name and date of birth) and often is completed in 2 weeks, more employers are electing to go with electronic fingerprint based screening.
- The 48 hour name search will not disclose the details of a criminal record.
- It will disclose (a) no criminal record associated with the applicant’s name and date of birth; or (b) a criminal record may be associated with with the applicant’s name and date of birth and must be verified by fingerprints.
Sample wording of a 48 Hour Name Check Search
- If your name and date of birth appears to be associated with a criminal record you will be required to then pay for digital fingerprinting.
- The purpose of the fingerprints is to (a) verify the criminal record is not associated with your fingerprints (meaning, you do NOT have a criminal record); or (b) verify you do have a criminal record and the proper person to receive the criminal record.
- If you HAVE a criminal record, then a 48 hour name search is not appropriate.
- A 48 hour name search is not appropriate for pardons, record suspensions, waivers, immigration, citizenship, name changes, licensing, and employment or volunteering with the vulnerable sector.
- Click here for information on ink and digital fingerprinting.
- Click here for information on vulnerable sector searches in Calgary.
- We conduct criminal record checks in Canada.
- We provide ink fingerprinting services for processing outside Canada.
- We are one of the longest running fingerprint agencies in Canada (since 1995).
- We are very knowledgeable about criminal related information, immigration, pardons, waivers, travel and more.
- We won the CCA Award for Business Excellence eight consecutive years in the category of “paralegal services”.
- We can help the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of your company set up reliable security screening practices.
Questions Regarding Criminal Record Checks
We can answer questions such as:
- Should I be ink or digitally fingerprinted?
- What is a 48 Hour Name Check?
- What are the limitations of ink fingerprinting, digital fingerprinting and the 48 Hour Name Search?
- How long will it take for my request to be processed?
- Should I conduct a vulnerable sector search with the local Calgary Police?
- How do I conduct a criminal record check outside Canada?
- Will pending charges show up?
- How long do youth offenses stay on my criminal record?
Contact our office at 1-800-320-2477 (toll free) or 403-229-2774 (Calgary) for more information on how to conduct a criminal record check.