In addition to checking past and current criminal records and local police contact information, the PVSC includes a search of the record suspended (formerly pardoned) sex offender database through the RCMP. As NRPS does not have direct access to these records, we are reliant on the RCMP to complete this end of the search and provide us with a response.

When submitting a VS query to the RCMP, the CPIC system initially attempts to identify a possible match to a sexual offence record for which a record suspension (formerly pardon) has been granted, based on the surname and given name of the individual. If this query does not identify the possible existence of a record, the system performs a subsequent query based on the gender and birth date of the individual. If this query locates a similar date of birth/same gender in the criminal and record suspended records, we receive a prompt for the submission of fingerprints to verify or refute the existence of a record suspended sex offender record.

If fingerprints are required in order to complete a PVSC, the NRPS Records & Information Management Unit will notify the applicant by telephone (or email if applicant applies online) with information and instructions on how to book an appointment time. Fingerprint appointments are currently available Monday - Friday between 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 pm at 5700 Valley Way Niagara Falls. Fingerprints are submitted electronically to the RCMP with an immediate turnaround time when there is no information on file.

Individuals affected by this will need to complete the following process if they wish to continue in order to receive their PVSC:

  • If the application is for any purpose other than volunteering (i.e. employment, student placements, adoption, foster care, kinship care, etc) the applicant must pay $25 for their scheduled fingerprint appointment. A receipt will be provided.
  • If the application is for volunteer purposes, the RCMP will waive the $ 25 fee. In order to waive the fee, the applicant must bring a letter from the volunteer agency on letterhead to their fingerprint appointment. The letter must contain the full mailing address of the agency, include a contact person, state the applicant's name; their role with vulnerable persons and that they are a volunteer.
  • When the applicant attends the NRPS for their scheduled fingerprint appointment they must bring either the required RCMP fee or agency letter. Fingerprints cannot be submitted to the RCMP without the required letter or payment received by the NRPS.
  • The NRPS will submit your prints electronically to the RCMP. The results will be received immediately and the police record check completed. If results are not received immediately, or the police record check cannot be completed immediately, then applicants will be contacted by phone or e-mail once it is completed.  Please ensure that you notify us should your phone number or e-mail address change during the waiting period.
  • It is important for the public to understand that under no circumstance does a potential hit to the record suspended sex offender database confirm an applicant is or is not a record suspended sex offender; this "possible match" can only be ruled out via fingerprints.

Please note: If fingerprints are required, the process may be delayed until we receive the results back from the RCMP, therefore, please ensure that you allow yourself ample time to process your request should this situation arise.

For further information on this process (overview of process, processing time information, contact information), please visit the RCMP website.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process, please email the RCMP directly.