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Criminal Record Check

The following information pertains to residents living in communities policed by Halifax Regional Police:

  • Halifax
  • Dartmouth
  • Bedford
  • the communities extending from Bedford to the Sambro Loop

Options for Obtaining a Criminal Record Check

Halifax Regional Police is pleased to once again partner with myBackCheck to provide an online method for residents to obtain record checks. While a record check can still be obtained by visiting one of the locations listed below, we believe you will find the online service faster and more convenient. The online check is performed by Halifax Regional Police staff, but rather than wait 10 days for a paper response, myBackCheck sends the results to you electronically, normally within three business days.

Online

myBackCheck service is secure, safe, fast and easy.

Please make sure that the organization requesting the record check will accept an electronic copy of the check before requesting a check online.

  • Step 1 - set up an account.
  • Step 2 - order a criminal record check.
  • Step 3 - results are provided to your account
  • Step 4 - you can then electronically share the criminal record check with the organization requesting the check by selecting their name from a drop-down list (much like adding a bill to pay through your online bank account).

Click here to leave the Halifax Regional Police website and enter the myBackCheck website.

In Person

You may apply in person for a criminal record check 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday (closed on statutory holidays) at the following locations:

  • Halifax Regional Police Headquarters
    1975 Gottingen Street, Halifax
  • Central Division (Community) Office
    Halifax Shopping Centre, Mumford Road, Halifax

  • West Division Office
    15 Convoy Run, Bedford
  • East Division Office
    7 Mellor Avenue, Burnside Industrial Park
  • Spryfield Community Office
    264 Herring Cove Road

You must present two pieces of identification with your current address. The address must be within Halifax, Dartmouth, or the communities extending from Bedford to the Sambro Loop. Accepted identification:

  • Nova Scotia Driver’s License or Nova Scotia ID Card
  • and one other of:
    • health card
    • birth certificate
    • passport
    • social insurance number

Criminal Record Check

A criminal record check is a name-based search of the national repository of criminal convictions and a search of locally held convictions at Halifax Regional Police.

Time Frame - criminal record checks are typically processed within three business days online and 10 business days in-person.

Vulnerable Sector Check

A vulnerable sector check is a special type of criminal record check required for situations where the applicant will be in a position of trust or authority over children, the elderly, the disabled, or another vulnerable group. A vulnerable sector check involves a name-based search of the national repository of criminal convictions, a search of locally held convictions at Halifax Regional Police and a query of the pardoned sex-offender database.

As a result of a directive issued by the Public Safety Minister, the RCMP made enhancements to the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) system to ensure that an unreported name change would not allow a pardoned sexual offender to avoid being identified through a vulnerable sector query. In some cases applicants may be required to submit their fingerprints if there is a match based on either name or a combination of gender and date of birth to a pardoned sex offender record. Applicants with a potential match will be notified by Halifax Regional Police and requested to attend Halifax Regional Police Headquarters to have their prints taken electronically. There is no additional charge for fingerprinting for the purpose of volunteering with an organization; however, Halifax Regional Police is required to collect a $25 federal processing fee and forward it to the Receiver General for all non-volunteer fingerprint submissions.

Visit http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/criminal-record-and-vulnerable-sector-checks for more information on vulnerable sector checks.

Time Frame - You should allow a minimum of two weeks for processing of a vulnerable sector check.

Fingerprints for Vulnerable Sector Checks

You may be required to submit your fingerprints to verify your identity if your vulnerable sector check results in a match based on either name or a combination of gender and date of birth to a pardoned sex offender record.

There is no additional charge for fingerprinting for the purpose of volunteering with an organization; however, Halifax Regional Police is required to collect a $25 federal processing fee and forward it to the Receiver General for all non-volunteer fingerprint submissions. This fee must be paid when your fingerprints are taken.

You may have your fingerprints taken at Halifax Regional Police Headquarters, 1975 Gottingen Street, Halifax, Monday to Friday (closed on statutory holidays), 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Fees

Effective January 17, 2011, the fees for criminal records checks, including vulnerable sector checks, are:

  • Criminal Record Check for the Purpose of Volunteering - $30
    (requires a Memorandum of Understanding between the organization and Halifax Regional Police.)

  • All Other Criminal Record Checks - $50
    An additional $25 federal processing fee must be paid if you are required to submit your fingerprints to complete a criminal record check for any purpose other than volunteering with an organization. This fee is payable when your fingerprints are taken. Halifax Regional Police is required to remit this fee to the Receiver General of Canada.

Note: Students who are required to complete a criminal record check as part of their program will be charged $30. However, as per CPIC policy, this type of criminal record check is not for volunteer purposes and the additional $25 federal processing fee must be paid if the student is required to submit fingerprints to complete the criminal record check. This fee is payable when your fingerprints are taken. Halifax Regional Police is required to remit this fee to the Receiver General of Canada.