Work Fingerprints (Federal clearance - PW) OR Canadian Permanent Residence OR Canadian Immigration

Commissionaires were among the very first private agencies in Canada accredited by the RCMP to provide digital fingerprinting services for non-criminal purposes. Since 2006, Commissionaires has been managing the largest digital fingerprinting infrastructure—with full background screening services—in the country.

ID REQUIRED FOR FINGERPRINTING

Applicants should bring two pieces of valid government-issued identification and one must be a photo ID. The following are types of acceptable identification:

  • Passport
  • Driver’s Licence
  • Birth Certificate
  • Canadian Citizenship Card
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Certificate of Indian Status
  • Immigration documents i.e. work or study permits
  • Military Family ID Card (MFID)
  • Record of Landing for Citizenship Applicant
  • Certificate of Live Birth
  • Nexus card

NOTES:

  • It is recommended applicants have with them a letter or file number from the requesting source, if applicable.
  • All identification must be current and not expired.
  • All digital fingerprinting requests for Canadian Citizenship must include a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. This letter must include the address for third party results and should have a CIC file number, which will be included in your transaction. Please ensure this letter is available during the fingerprinting application session.
  • Our experienced staff will be happy to assist in answering any questions.

FAQ

Q: I need a security clearance.

A: There are 22 different types. Some usual types include; employment, volunteer, immigration, name change, record suspension, and vulnerable sector. What kind do you need?

Q: Where do my results go?

A: Depending on the transaction, the results can either go to the institution (employer) or to the individual’s home address.

Q: Can I use my screening done last year for my previous job?

A: No. Each screening is only valid for that transaction. Fingerprints are automatically purged in the system after 1 year.

Q: Do I need fingerprinting or just a Criminal Record Check?

A: Please review your instruction letter from your employer (if applicable). Mortgage brokers, insurance agents, liquor license, rental/strata agents, and realtor agents only need a Certified Criminal Records Check (CPIC).

Q: How long do results take?

A: CPICS are provided the same day if done in our office. If done online, the timeline is approximately 10 days. Fingerprinting results are approximately 10-14 business days.

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