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Police Background Checks


******Be advised our current processing times are longer than usual due to the volume of applications.  Employment Vulnerable Sector checks are currently taking 3-4 weeks and Volunteer Vulnerable Sector checks are taking up to 2 months.  Criminal Record checks and Police Information checks are being processed within their normal timelines*******


How do I apply?

You can attend in person with two pieces of government issued identification (one with a photo).

Provide any other names used (maiden name, legal name change, etc.).

Provide proof of a permanent address within the Niagara Region.

All background checks are processed on a first come, first served basis.  The turnaround time is 30 days for volunteer applicants and 2 weeks for employment applicants.

Police Background Checks can be done while you wait at 5700 Valley Way, Niagara Falls - provided you do not have a criminal record.  Hours of operation are 8:00am to 7:30pm.


Online Applications

If you would like to apply for your police check online please visit our Online Police Check Application Page



$ 45 paid employees

$ 15 volunteers and non-paid student placements

(Additional $10 on-line fee)

Fees are non-refundable


Types of Police Checks

Niagara Regional Police offers three types of police checks:

  • Police Criminal Record Check (PCRC)
  • Police Information Check (PIC)
  • Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC)

Please read the following for more detailed information about each level of check:

Information for Agencies

Information for Applicants



Niagara Regional Police currently provides fingerprint services for Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) applicants who have received notification from our Service that the extra fingerprint step is required. We also currently provide fingerprint services for Adoption applicants who submit their police check applications to our Service.

Appointments may be made by calling 905-688-4111 ext. 4400.                                                               Fingerprints are done at 5700 Valley Way, Niagara Falls.

A local company is available to provide fingerprint services for applicants who have been asked to submit fingerprints to the RCMP for the following types of applications:

  • Immigration
  • Citizenship
  • Permanent Residency
  • Record Suspensions (Pardons)
  • Work Permits
  • Employment
  • Controlled Goods
  • Adoption
  • All other non-criminal purposes

Please contact Fingerprints Niagara at (289) 213-1183 or visit their website Fingerprints Niagara for further information.