Criminal Record Check Authentication and Legalization

Published on Thursday, November 2, 2017

Are you moving to a foreign country and were told you need a legalized Criminal Record Check? This is common practice for many countries. Here are some facts to help you get started.

Where do you get a Criminal Record Check?

You can have the Criminal Record Check issued by the RCMP headquarters in Ottawa, or from a local police detachment.

What is the difference between one issued locally or from the RCMP?

Any criminal record check that is issued at a local RCMP or local police detachment must be notarized before going through the authentication and legalization process.

A Certified Criminal Record Check that is issued by the RCMP headquarters in Ottawa does not require notarization.

What is a Criminal Record Check with a Vulnerable Sector Check?

“Vulnerable Sector” refers to a group of people who are at a greater risk than the general population of being harmed by others in a position of authority or trust relative to them (e.g. children, disabled or elderly).

With this type of record check your name and date of birth will be searched in the National Repository of Criminal Records maintained by the RCMP. In addition, any outstanding charges and notable contact with police for at least the previous five years will be considered for release.

Can you get a criminal record check while out of the country?

In most cases you can get a Criminal Record Check while out of the country. We recommend arranging with a local police detachment to have them mail the necessary supporting documentation to the RCMP headquarters in Ottawa.  You can find more information on this here.

What are the requirements for the authentication and legalization process?

Global Affairs Canada will authenticate a notarized Criminal Record Check or a Certified Criminal Record Check issued by the RCMP in Ottawa.  Once your document has been authenticated by Global Affairs Canada it is then submitted to the relevant diplomatic mission for legalization. Click here for more on the Canadian authentication and legalization process.

At International Documents Canada we have helped many clients with the authentication and legalization of Criminal Record Checks issued at the local level, as well as the RCMP headquarters in Ottawa. We would welcome a chance to discuss your particular needs.

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