Record Suspension Process

If you have been free of criminal convictions for a period of time you may apply to the Parole Board of Canada for a record suspension (formerly Pardon Application).

All applicants should be aware that the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) is the only Federal agency authorized to order a record suspension. You do not need a third-party company or lawyer to apply for a record suspension. The record suspension process can be completed by individuals themselves, directly to the Parole Board of Canada. To learn more, visit the Record Suspensions section of the Parole Board of Canada. 

To apply for a Record Suspension, you must download and complete the application forms from the Parole Board of Canada. 

Fingerprinting Appointment (Step one)

The first step in the process is to obtain a copy of your Criminal Record from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Ottawa by the submission of your fingerprints.

You will need to book a Fingerprint appointment to obtain a copy of your criminal record. Please call us at 705-675-9171 extension 6623 to book your appointment as we are currently not accepting walk-ins.  

Three is a fingerprinting fee that can be found on our Fees for Service. This fee is required and the applicant must also bring in two pieces of valid, government issued identification. Valid identification types include:

  • 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
  • Ontario Identification Card

Local Police Records Check (Step two)

When your fingerprints are received back from the RCMP, the Local Police Record Check Form in the Record Suspension Application booklet is to be provided to every police agency where you have lived in the last five years.

In Greater Sudbury, you can submit this form via our online Local Police Check site