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How Dig­i­tal Fin­ger­print­ing Works?

Now with a cut­ting edge tech­nol­ogy, the fin­ger­prints are dig­i­tally scanned with state-of-the-art fin­ger­print scan­ner at a cap­ture sta­tion. The scanned fin­ger­prints along with the appli­ca­tion infor­ma­tion are trans­mit­ted, via a secure link, to the RCMP’s Real Time Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion (RTID) system.

World­wide Foren­sic Ser­vices Inc. is accred­ited and cer­ti­fied by the CCRTIS division of the Royal Cana­dian Mounted Police (RCMP) to cap­ture and sub­mit fin­ger­prints for crim­i­nal back­ground checks. As com­pared to inked fin­ger­prints sub­mit­ted by mail or courier, the elec­tronic sub­mis­sion of fin­ger­prints has reduced the turn­around time from 22 weeks to 72 hours*.

The appli­cant can walk-in with two pieces of valid accept­able iden­ti­fi­ca­tion (one of them must be a photo ID) and the applic­a­ble fees.

The fol­low­ing are the accept­able identifications:

  • Pass­port.
  • Driver’s Licence.
  • Land­ing Papers (record of landing).
  • Gov­ern­ment ID.
  • Social Insur­ance Number.
  • Birth Certificate.
  • Cit­i­zen­ship Card or Document.
  • Per­ma­nent Res­i­dence Card.
  • Provin­cial Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Card.
  • Work Permit.
  • Stu­dent Permit.

Please Note:

If you do not have the orig­i­nal doc­u­men­ta­tion, only cer­ti­fied copies will be accepted.

All fin­ger­print­ing appli­cants for Cana­dian Cit­i­zen­ship must bring a let­ter from Cit­i­zen­ship and Immi­gra­tion Canada. This let­ter must include the address for 3rd party results and should have a CIC file num­ber which will be included in your trans­ac­tion. Please make sure you bring this let­ter with your Per­ma­nent Res­i­dence Card or Record of Land­ing for your fin­ger­print­ing session.

After com­par­ing sub­mit­ted fin­ger­prints with the crim­i­nal record data­base, the RCMP issues a cer­tifi­cate to the appli­cant or an autho­rized third party. If the results are to be sent to the third party, the appli­cant needs to pro­vide cor­rect address includ­ing postal code of the third party and has to give con­sent by sign­ing a con­sent form and also by affix­ing a fin­ger­print at the time of scan­ning of fin­ger­prints. A copy of the dig­i­tal sub­mis­sion to the RCMP may be pur­chased by the appli­cant for a small fee.

* The appli­ca­tion is nor­mally processed in this time frame. This time does not include the tran­sit time. Pro­cess­ing time may be longer if prior crim­i­nal history/record is discovered.