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Criminal Records Check

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Police Criminal Records Check

Police Criminal Records Check (PCRC) is a search of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) databases and is usually required for bylaw licences, employment or immigration purposes. It is not intended for individuals seeking employment or a volunteer position working with children or vulnerable persons.

All applicants applying for a volunteer position must provide a letter from the agency where they intend to volunteer. The agency letter must be printed on the agency's letterhead with the applicant's name and volunteer position, stating the position is a "volunteer non-paid position."  

Download the PCRC Application FormPlease complete prior to attending our Customer Service location

Please note: As of January 1, 2016, the Customer Service Unit will no longer be processing background checks from the Whitchurch-Stouffville Community Substation. All services will continue at the Community Resource Centre. 

What will a PCRC provide?

A PCRC will provide the following information:

  • Criminal convictions summary or indictable from CPIC and/or local databases
  • Findings of guilt under the Youth Criminal Justice Act within the applicable disclosure period

Application Fees

Information Management and Legal
DescriptionCurrent FeeHST
Motor Vehicle Collision Report$340HST applies
Police Criminals Records Check (PCRC)$65 
PCRC for Volunteers and Students$30 
Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC)$60 
PVSC for Volunteers and Students$30 
Pardon Applications$120 
Fingerprints - RCMP$40 
General Occurrence Report $100 
Clandestine Drug Laboratory Property Check $50HST applies
Officer Notes and Statements (per occurrence) $235HST applies


How long will it take?

We strive to complete requests while you wait; however if you have a criminal record, require fingerprinting or we have to confirm any information with another police service, additional processing time will be required. 

Please note: Based on results of the PCRC, fingerprints may be required to confirm the identity of the applicant and a fingerprint fee will be charged. For applicants who decline fingerprint submissions, the PCRC will indicate that the document is incomplete and no refunds will be issued.

In compliance with the RCMP ministerial directive, applicants with a criminal record outside of York Region will be required to submit their fingerprints in order to have the PCRC completed.

If fingerprints are needed to complete the PCRC, the background check will require processing time and cannot be produced while you wait.

Who can apply?

Anyone can apply, regardless of where they currently reside. If an applicant has a criminal record exists with another police service, he/she must be fingerprinted in order to verify the information.


Volunteerism is benevolent work for which an individual does not receive financial compensation for his/her time and is not ordered to do so by a court or a judicial body. In order to have the fee discounted, your application must be accompanied by a letter from the volunteer organization with the following information:

  • The name and address of the organization that requires the police check
  • Your name
  • The reason for the police check (e.g., coach, etc.) and where a VS check was requested, who you will be working with (children, seniors, disabled people, etc.) On the Organizations letterhead.
  • A statement that you will not be paid for your work nor compensated for any expenses