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Police Background Checks


***Effective January 2, 2018 fees for Records Checks will be increased***


Volunteers - From $15.00 to $20.00

Employees - From $45.00 to $50.00


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 two weeks for all application types.

Police Background Checks may be done while you wait at 5700 Valley Way, Niagara Falls - provided you do not have a criminal record; have not resided outside the jurisdiction in the past five years; or there isn't a long line up at the Records counter.  Hours of operation are 8:00am to 6:00 pm. Monday to Friday.


The following are forms that can be printed up and filled out at home then dropped off at the Records Counter at 5700 Valley Way in Niagara Falls or the front desk at any station.

Record Check Application Form

Self-Declaration Form

Online Applications

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



$ 50 paid employees

$ 20 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 Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check (PCRJMC)
  • 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.