How to Get a Criminal Record Check in Toronto
Getting a criminal record check in Toronto is easy, but you have to follow the correct police reference check procedure and complete the process in good time. That’s because it takes 7 to 10 business days to process — time that’s subject to change depending on the time of year and volume of applications.
…And note that the volume of applications can increase.
Because there are many reasons one might need a background check.
These reasons include:
- By-Law Licensing — Applying for business, lottery sales, and residential rental licences
- Immigration — Includes IEC, Spousal Sponsorship, or Permanent Residency
- Employer Positions — Positions not in the vulnerable sector, including volunteer work
Whatever your reason for performing the criminal record checks, the process is the same. Today, we’re going to go over the criminal record checks and how it all works.
First things first, get in touch with us. We handle criminal record checks for Canadians.
Where Can I Get a Criminal Record Check — Toronto?
You must complete a police reference check in person at Toronto Police Headquarters.
This is located at:
Toronto Police Service
40 College Street
Toronto, ON M5G 2J3
You don’t need to book in advance to complete the application, and you can even complete it online.
Once your police clearance application has been processed, you can pick up the completed check at nine different locations
These locations are:
|Background Checks Pickup in West Toronto||Background Checks Pickup in Central Toronto||Background Checks Pickup in East Toronto|
|Traffic Services||Headquarters||41 Division|
|11 Division||53 Division||42 Division|
|22 Division||32 Division|
Except for the headquarters (open Mon-Fri, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm), all locations are open 24/7.
Note: Not in Toronto? Check out How do I Get a Police Check in Canada?
You must bring 2 pieces of government-issued identification when you pick up your police information check. One must contain your full name and date of birth.
Important: The two pieces of identification MUST be the same as the two used when applying. Toronto Police Service’s website provides a definitive list of what identification is acceptable.
Please also note: if you are over 18, you must pay a non-refundable CA $20.00 administration fee.
Completing the Forms
You can complete the criminal record check process online or in person at the Toronto Police Service headquarters.
First, you will have the choice between completing:
- Criminal Record Check (CRC) — level 1
- Criminal Record Check and Judicial Matters Check (CRJMC) — level 2.
A level 1 check is most commonly used for immigration and employment reasons. A level 2 check is for municipal licensing and ride-sharing organizations such as Uber.
For employment reasons, your employer should confirm which level of check you need.
Side Note: If you require a vulnerable sector check, please visit Toronto Police Service Headquarters or call us.
For the standard or judicial matters check, below is a screenshot of the forms you must fill out.
In-person applicants will fill out a paper version of this form.
For level 1 and level 2 (the judicial matters check), the police check application form is the same.
However, it’s important you pick the right one, as this alerts the Toronto Police Service of which kind of police clearance you need.
Let’s break down the police reference check program application.
Section 1: Personal Information
- >Surname — Your current surname
- Given Name 2 — Your middle name; you can leave this blank if you don’t have one.
- Given Name 1 — Your first name
- Given Name 3 — Your third name; you can leave this blank if you don’t have one.
- Maiden Name — Your surname at birth if applicable
- Given Name 4 — Leave this blank if you’re not sure
- Date Of Birth — You must provide your date of birth in this format: (YYYY/MM/DD)
- Confirm Date of Birth
- Street No — Part of your address; do not include your unit/apartment number
- Street Name — Name of the street you live on
- Street Type — Drop-down list
- Direction — For larger streets, e.g., George Street South
- Apt. No. — This is where you fill in your apartment number
- City — The city you live in; here, it will be Toronto
- Postal Code
- Province — Province you live in; here, it will be Ontario
- Country — Country you live in; don’t confuse this with the country you were born in
- Tel. Number (Including Area Code) — Your phone number; Toronto’s area code is 437, 416, or 647
- Email — The email address you want information regarding your application sent to
Section 2: Criminal Record Check Information
- Photo ID Type — Can be any of those listed above
- Photo ID Number — Your photo identification will have a unique number; for example, the Canadian passport number is at the top of the page containing your photo.
- Other ID Type — Your second piece of ID as above
- Other ID Number — Second piece of ID’s unique number (as above)
- Pickup Location — Desired location to pick up your criminal record check
- Reason for Request — Whether for employment, visa, or other reasons; type this in here
Section 3: Payment Information
- Number of Copies — How many copies of the application check you need
- Total $CAD — How much you should pay. Remember, enter 0.00 if you’re under 18. If not, it’s a $20.00 administration fee for your first copy. Additional copies are priced at $4.67 each. For example, three copies will cost $29.34.
Once you’ve followed these steps, click “Order,” then follow the rest of the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
You’ll receive an email when the background check process is finished and the background check/police certificate is ready to be picked up.
Why Do We Offer Help?
Filling out the background check application is a fairly straightforward process, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have help when completing it.
We can save you the hassle and guide you through each step of the criminal record check process. Or we can even complete the entire process for you.
Call us today and let’s see what we can do.
Or, if you’re after more, why not read about What Shows Up in an Online Criminal Record Check?
How Do I Get a Criminal Record Check in Ontario?
If you live in Greater Ontario and are in need of any criminal record checks, please visit the Ontario Provincial Police to find your closest detachment. They can point you in the right direction.
Don’t want to go it alone?
Then please visit our website instead. You’ll find all the information regarding your police clearance and police certificate process here.
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