Background Checks

Red Seal Notary is Canada's National Notary Public Company

Background Checks (Police Record Check)

Online Police Check

You can now order your Name and Date of Birth based criminal background checks from the comfort of your home!

  • Fill out the form online
  • Make your payment
  • Answer a few security questions to verify your identity
  • Receive your Police check results in your email inbox


That easy. That fast.

The fee for either a basic or enhanced CPIC check is $55 plus tax.

Official sealed paper copies can be mailed to you if you need them, for an additional $10 each. Many organizations require a hard copy due to the difficulties in verifying emailed documents.

To get started, simply click on one of the following links:

Basic CPIC

Enhanced CPIC

Please note these online checks cannot be used for the vulnerable sector, which must be initiated by your local police service.

Security questions are based on your credit file, so if you do not have a credit history in Canada you may have to order an extra form to have your identity verified at a Canada Post office.

For those that cannot use an online CPIC check, we still offer this service in-person at our RCMP accredited locations. Details of the in-person service are below.

In-Person Canadian Criminal Background Checks

** Please Note: In-person service is only available at limited RCMP approved locations. Please note that background checks based on name and date of birth are not necessarily conclusive. For a more thorough criminal background check, you may wish to utilize our fingerprinting services.

If you require a vulnerable sector check, (i.e. you will be working with children or the elderly, etc.) please note that you MUST start your application at your local Police Services office. Accredited private fingerprinting agencies are NOT authorized to initiate the vulnerable sector check process.

It is becoming increasingly common for employers to require criminal background checks from potential candidates. While usually they require checks based on fingerprints, which are more conclusive and reliable, some will still accept background checks based on name and date of birth. Red Seal Notary offers these Criminal Name Index Checks (CNIC) for those that need them. This service is only available at locations accredited to perform fingerprinting services.

Criminal Name Index Check (Criminal Background Check)

The Criminal Name Index Check is conducted by comparing the individual’s name and date of birth to information contained in the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) Identification Data Bank. If there is no match then the result will indicate no match. If however there is a potential match, then the only way to confirm whether an individual has a criminal record is by the submission of fingerprints. i.e. you will receive a result of no match, or inconclusive. If you have a common name, for example, you may wish to save time and money by submitting fingerprints for a conclusive check from the start. For more information on Red Seal Notary’s fingerprinting service, please see our Fingerprinting page.


Please ensure that you are able to provide the necessary information/identification before requesting a criminal background check.

  1. 1Identification:

    An Applicant must provide two (2) pieces of valid (non-expired) government issued identification, one of which must include the Applicant’s name, date of birth, signature and photo.

    The following are acceptable with respect to government issued photo identification requirements:

    • Driver’s License (issued by Canadian province or territory)

    • Foreign Driver’s License

    • Canadian Passport

    • Foreign Passport

    • Canadian Citizenship Card

    • Permanent Resident (PR) Card

    • Certificate of Indian Status

    • International Student Identity Card

    • Firearms Acquisition Certificate (FAC)

    • Canadian National Institute of the Blind (CNIB) Identification Card

    • Federal, provincial, or municipal employee identification card

    • Military Family Identification Card (MFID)

    Please Note: Health Cards and Social Insurance Number (SIN) cards are not acceptable.

  2. 2Address(es) within the past five years:

    Applicants must provide their current and previous addresses within the past five years.

  3. 3Fax Number (if applicable):

    If you would like your results to be released to a third party, you will need to provide a fax number. Please note: certificates cannot be mailed to anyone other than the Applicant at the address provided on the application form.

Fee: Criminal Name Index Check - $49.00 (+ applicable taxes)

Locations: Criminal Background Checks are only available at the following locations on a walk-in basis (no appointment necessary):

  • 2 Bloor Street East, Retail Concourse (Yonge St. & Bloor St.)

  • 25 Adelaide Street East, Unit 100 (Yonge St. & Adelaide St.)

  • 4632 Yonge Street, Unit 203 (Yonge St. & Sheppard Ave.)

  • 50 Burnhamthorpe Rd West, Unit 401 (Hurontario St. & Burnhamthorpe Rd.)

  • 130 Albert St., Unit 1512 (Albert St. & O'Connor St.)


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