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Fingerprinting and Photo Destruction

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If you would like to have your fingerprints and photographs destroyed, please complete the provided Fingerprint and Photograph Destruction Form. 

Email your request to info@yrp.ca or mail it to:

York Regional Police
Information Management Bureau
47 Don Hillock Dr
Aurora, ON L4G 0S7

 An applicant must be at least 18 years of age or older and meet the following criteria: 

  • Have no criminal convictions with any police agency
  • Have no outstanding charges before the courts
  • Must not be the subject of any Peace Bond
  • The application cannot be made within one year of an Absolute Discharge
  • The application cannot be made within three years of a Conditional Discharge
  • The application cannot be made within one year of a stay of proceedings (other than a judicial stay)
  • If the charges were withdrawn, dismissed, quashed, discharged, or if you were acquitted or given a judicial stay, there is no waiting period

It is our procedure to deny fingerprint destruction if there are mitigating circumstances such as: a risk to public safety, the charges are of a serious nature or if the applicant is part of an ongoing investigation.

Partial destruction is not considered.

The applicant will be notified in writing if the request has been approved or denied, including the reasons for denial of the request.

If the applicant is a youth, fingerprints may be destroyed once the charges have met non-disclosure requirements under the Youth Criminal Justice Act/Young Offenders Act. If the charges have met with a conviction, the youth fingerprints will not be destroyed, however will be sealed upon meeting the non-disclosure date.

When approved by York Regional Police, a request will be sent to the RCMP to purge their file. Once advised the file is purged, York Regional Police will notify the applicant of the date that their fingerprints were destroyed. 

Fingerprint and Photo Destruction does not remove the event from the York Regional Police database. York Regional Police retains records pursuant to our Police Services Board's Records Management Policy and the Regional Municipality of York's Bylaws No. 2013-15 and 2015-69.

There is no fee charged for the destruction of fingerprints or photographs.

Contact Us

Questions? Contact the Document Control Supervisor at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7077.