Fingerprints Outside Canada

Cardscan for Electronic Submission

Outside Canada and need a fingerprint based Canadian Police Certificate?

Need fingerprints for Canada but you are away? Red Seal Notary is an accredited fingerprinting Agency offering card scan services. This service allows us to digitize your ink fingerprints taken by your local police overseas and submit them to the RCMP electronically.

RCMP Accreditation Letter

If you need to get a fingerprint based Canadian Police Certificate but have no plan to travel to Canada anytime soon, contact Red Seal Notary to start the process.

Where do I start?

First – moisturize, believe it or not. Make sure the skin on your fingers is as healthy as possible when you go get your fingerprints taken. Take care of your skin for a couple days moisturizing often and avoid harsh cleansers. This will maximize print quality making it more likely your fingerprints can be processed by the RCMP. Dry skin is the most common cause of low quality prints, and thus the most common cause of delays.

Download our instructions and forms (you need the first 3):

C-216C print 2 of these
Third Party Consent

OPTIONAL – sample fingerprints

Please note that once your fingerprints have been submitted to the RCMP, they must be destroyed per RCMP personal data protection rules.

Although for the FBI, and a sizable file should you choose to download, the linked poster below has some relevant helpful tips for getting quality fingerprint impressions:
FBI tips for proper fingerprinting

Fingerprints Digital Scan

As a general overview you will need:

  • 2 full sets of ink fingerprints taken by your local Police
  • Notarized copies of two valid IDs, such as your Passport and Driver’s Licence
  • A recent Passport sized photo signed and dated by the same notary that certified your IDs
  • A 3rd Party Consent Form to release your RCMP results to the recipient – with fingerprint
  • A completed Information form (included in the first download)
  • Payment of $158.20 CAD (RCMP fee and tax included) per individual submission – credit card authorization form included


Other useful tips

  • Make sure the rolled prints are as wide as possible – more surface area makes it more likely the RCMP will obtain enough data points
  • Make sure you remember to get a clear print on your 3rd party consent before you leave the fingerprint technician
  • The fingerprint technician should choose which print they think is clearest/best for the Consent form (usually a thumbprint)
  • If your Notary isn’t comfortable signing your photo, you can have them notarize this form and add an identical loose photo
  • For Citizenship or Immigration, include a copy of their request letter, with file numbers and destination addresses if applicable
  • For Canadian Federal Screenings, make sure to include the ORI number of the department processing the screening
  • If the fingerprint technician thinks your fingerprint impressions are poor, you can include more full sets to improve the chances
  • Make sure you complete the forms – if we do not have all the information, we cannot complete the submission to the RCMP


Our professionally trained personnel can assist individuals who require fingerprints for:

  • Immigration
  • Employment
  • Visas/Waivers for Foreign Work or Travel
  • Security Screenings for Government Contracts
  • Professional, Vocational and Business Licenses
  • Adoption
  • Name Change Applications
  • Volunteer Employment
  • Record Suspension (Pardon) Applications
  • Privacy Act Requests
  • Other Civil Purposes


We have assisted individuals from around the world to submit their fingerprints, including:

  • USA
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • UK
  • South Korea
  • Philippines
  • Mexico
  • Colombia
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • France
  • Netherlands
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Spain
  • UAE
  • Australia
  • Indonesia
  • Turkey
  • Guatemala
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Senegal


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