Police Information Check
Police Information Checks (formerly called Criminal Record Checks) can be obtained for the purpose of volunteer work, employment, practicum, or school within Canada.
- Surrey residents must attend in person at the front counter of the Main Detachment or a District Office. If your Police Information Check is related to working with the Vulnerable Sector you may require fingerprints and will be redirected to our Main Detachment or our District Offices in Guildford/Fleetwood, Newton or City Centre/Whalley (see fingerprinting).
- Non-Surrey residents must attend the police office in their home community.
- If you reside outside of Canada and require a Police Information Check please visit http://www.rcmp.gc.ca/en/criminal-record-checks.
- Paid employment: $80.50 (plus $25 if fingerprints required for a Vulnerable Sector Check); $15 per additional copy
- Volunteer work: Free with official letter from volunteer agency
- Methods of payment: Cash, debit, credit
- Must be a resident of Surrey and attend in person.
- Two pieces of government-issued identification are required (see
- Primary ID must include the applicant’s date of birth plus a current photo.
- Secondary ID must include the same name and date of birth as the primary ID.
Individuals must present TWO (2) pieces of identification with the same name on both from the following list. NOTE: The BC Services Card combined with the BC Driver's Licence is only considered ONE piece of ID.
- Valid Driver’s Licence with photo
- Valid BC Identification Card with photo
- Valid Passport
- Valid Nexus Card
- Native Status Card
- Canadian Citizenship Card
- Permanent Resident Card
- Military Identification
- Birth Certificate
- Firearms Licence
- Provincial Health Care Card
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:
- Applicant’s name
- Whether the applicant will be involved with or responsible for children or vulnerable people
- Confirmation that the applicant is volunteering
- Name and title of the person requiring the Criminal Record Check
- Full address and phone number of the organization
Certified Criminal Record Check
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.
Vulnerable Sector Check
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:
- This is not an accusation of criminality; prints are used to confirm your identity only;
- Your fingerprints will be destroyed after 90 days.
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