International Fingerprinting

This service is only for applicants living outside of Canada.

If you live in Canada, please visit the Canadian Criminal Record Checks (CPIC) or Fingerprinting pages.
Please read through this page before contacting us.

Do you live outside of Canada and need fingerprints for a RCMP certified criminal background check?

Commissionaires provides an international fingerprinting service for a RCMP certified criminal record check. We offer digital conversion of ink fingerprints if you are applying for:

  • Canadian Citizenship
  • Permanent Residency
  • Foreign Employment
  • Foreign Education
  • An International Travel Visa

How does it work?

Contact commissionaires via the email address at the bottom of this page to obtain your International Fingerprint Instruction Package.

Get your fingerprints taken at your nearest police station or fingerprinting agency.

Ink fingerprints taken outside of Canada can be couriered to our Commissionaires Ottawa Headquarters for processing, at which time we will digitize them for direct, electronic submission to the RCMP.

For a faster turnaround, results from the RCMP certified criminal background check are mailed directly to Commissionaires and then couriered directly to you to save time and allow for document tracking. (*Please note that some transaction types require direct shipping to the client, in that case the courier option is not available.)

The RCMP processes all transactions within 72 hours from submission, providing no criminal record is found.  

Note:  If a conviction is found, processing time could exceed 120 days.

What are the steps?

Clients are required to complete and submit international fingerprinting forms (PDF), a set of ink fingerprints and photocopies of two pieces of government-issued ID.

For further information about our process and pricing, and to receive the above mentioned forms, please contact us.

Acceptable Identification

Photocopies of both sides of TWO pieces of valid identification must be submitted with international fingerprints. Identification must bear name and date of birth and be government issued. At least ONE piece of must contain a photograph.

Note: Expired documents are not acceptable. Examples of identification which can be used:

  • Passport
  • Citizenship Card or Document
  • Immigration Document (i.e., Landing Papers)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Drivers Licence
  • Permanent Resident card or Record of Landing for Citizenship Applicants
  • International student card
  • Government ID card

Additional Services (if required)

  • A scanned and emailed copy of your certificate prior to mailing
  • Standard Authentication by Department of Foreign Affairs/Global Affairs
  • Document legalization by an embassy
  • Apostille Service as part of the Apostille Convection

Frequently Asked Questions

No. A vulnerable sector check can only be done from within Canada through a local police department. However, we can process a regular criminal background check in the meantime, if the requesting source will accept it.

If you are in Victoria, the Islands and Yukon, please visit Vulnerable Sector Checks.

No. We require the original fingerprints in order to digitize them. We cannot digitize scans.

Yes, we can digitize most forms from other countries.

We provide rapid and reliable document Apostille and Legalization services. Our local experts have extensive knowledge and quick access to with various agencies and foreing embassies. Please contact us for a customized quote!

When we ship your result to you, we will take a payment.

This service is only for applicants living outside of Canada.

Email: [email protected]
or call 613-231-6462 ext. 360