Police Information Checks (formerly called Criminal Record Checks) can be obtained for the purpose of volunteer work, employment, practicum, or school within Canada.
Individuals must present TWO (2) pieces of identification with the same name on both from the following list. NOTE: The BC Services card is only considered ONE piece of ID.
There is no fee for a Police Information Check if you are volunteering with a not-for-profit organization. In order to have the fee waived you must provide a letter on agency letterhead from the organization. The letter must contain the following information:
If you wish to obtain a Certified Criminal Record Check you must submit a set of fingerprints. A Certified Criminal Record Check may be required for some employment opportunities, immigration purposes, records suspension or foreign work or travel.
If you will be working or volunteering with vulnerable members of society such as children, the elderly, or persons with disabilities, you may need to complete a Vulnerable Sector Check. This check is done in conjunction with your Police Information Check.
Your prospective employer or volunteer organization should tell you if you require a Vulnerable Sector Check. Examples of positions that may require a Vulnerable Sector Check include teachers, social workers, daycare workers, nurses, and children’s sports coaches.
The police will use the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) system as well as their own database to conduct a background search based on your name, gender, and date of birth. If your gender and date of birth match to a pardoned sex offender record, you will be asked to provide fingerprints to confirm your identity. Be assured that: