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The Limitations of Online Criminal Record Checks in Canada

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Online criminal record checks (CRCs) can handle the majority of the needs of most businesses. Some of the best uses are for screening potential employees and new tenant applicants. These “name-based” CRCs are based on a person’s name and birthdate. These record checks obtain their information via the RCMP’s Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) system. Online name-based CRCs are much less expensive and results are obtained in less than 24 hours. Instant Record Check specializes in this type of online CRC.

There are, however, some situations where a more comprehensive criminal record check is needed. These checks usually require certified fingerprints obtainable only from your local police jurisdiction. We’re going to list a few situations where you must obtain a certified criminal record check or a vulnerable sector check.

Canada Citizenship, Permanent Residence, and Visa

All of these documents require the vulnerable sector criminal record check as mentioned above. A vulnerable sector check includes looking for a past history of sexual offences. These checks were created in 2000 to ensure the protection of children and other vulnerable individuals.

British Columbia Name Change

Our agency cannot process name changes. Instead, you’ll need to get a BC Name Change Certificate from the BC Vital Statistics Agency. This document also needs a vulnerable sector criminal record check or another fingerprint-based criminal record check.

International Visa Purposes

Because each country has different requirements for criminal record checks, individuals must follow the guidelines set by the country they are applying to.

Record Suspensions

These suspensions also fall under the vulnerable sector checks. These are issued by the Parole Board of Canada to people who have finished their sentences and are now law-abiding citizens. For more information, please go to the Dissemination of Criminal Record Information policy.

United States Immigration/Visas

Again, IRC cannot be used for these purposes due to the US Privacy Act, which requires a finger-print based criminal record check.

United States Waiver

United States waivers also require a fingerprint-based criminal record check, as well as other documentation.

Credit Reports, Driving Records, or Medical History

We also cannot provide credit reports, driving abstract records, or medical history. There are, however, paywall websites that can be used to research someone’s credit report.

We hope this information has cleared up any confusion regarding what documentation the Instant Record Check website can provide in less than 24 hours. If you have any other questions or concerns, reach out to us via chat or email: contact@instantrecordcheck.ca.

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