What is a Record Check?

Simply put - A Record Check is a search of police databases for a person’s criminal history.

Depending on what level of Record Check a person requires will depend on the number and types of databases we search. A CRC for example is only a search of one database that tells us if there is a possible match to a criminal record or not. Whereas a VSC is a search of multiple databases that tells us if there is a possible criminal record match, as well as any adverse (other)  information that an employer or organization should be aware of for the vulnerable sector.

Fingerprint searches use a person’s fingerprints to physically match them to a criminal record if one exists. It is the only way to absolutely confirm that someone has a criminal record.

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1. What is a Record Check?
2. Do I need both a VSC and a CRC?
3. Why can’t I just get a VSC?
4. I’m under 18 years old, can I get a Record Check?
5. How long does it take to process a Record Check?
6. Why do I have to provide a letter?
7. How long is my Record Check good for?
8. Why do some people have to pay for their checks and others don’t?
9. What information is released on a Record Check?
10. I have a record and receive a “Possible Match” result every time I apply. Is there a way to avoid having to pay for fingerprinting again?
11. I am a Canadian Citizen but I am not in Canada and I require a Record Check. What do I do?
12. Can I apply for a Record Check for someone else?
13. Is a Record Check Result an affirmation of good character?
14. I received a Record Suspension (Pardon), will that show up on my Results?
15. Is a CRC the same thing as a Police Information Check?
16. I don’t live in Cochrane, can I still get my Record Check done through the RCMP?
17. I live in Redwood Meadows and need a Record Check
18. What is a Child Intervention Check?