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Fingerprints as a Requirement for Vulnerable Sector Screening

Fingerprints are necessary for the process of the verification of a person’s identity. On some occasions, they are also used to protect the privacy of a person. It is required if you need to undergo a vulnerable sector check.

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Who Are Considered Vulnerable?

According to the Criminal Record Act, a “vulnerable” person is someone who is in the position of dependence on others. Vulnerable people are also those who are at a higher risk of being harmed compared to the rest of the population.

Other factors that can consider a person to be vulnerable are his or her age, disability, and other temporary or permanent circumstances. Vulnerable children are those who are 17 years old and below.

As stated by the policy of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), it is mandatory to send your fingerprints if your gender and date of birth match to the details of someone with an existing pardoned sexual offence record.

What Happens If Your Details Matched?

Should your gender and birth date appear to be the same as that of an individual with a pardoned sex offence, expect a letter from the Police Reference Check. This letter tells you that you have to schedule an appointment at the Toronto Police Service Headquarters for your fingerprints to be taken.

However, since 2020, the Toronto Police Station will be sending the applicant to an agency that is accredited to do vulnerable sector screening. The agency will then take the fingerprints and electronically send them to the RCMP. This is done to verify the details on your behalf.

It will be a waiting game if according to the RCMP, you have matched to a criminal record. The process will require as long as 120 days. You can always reach out to the RCMP to see the status of your fingerprints. Once the results are in and there are no criminal matches, RCMP will send the results to the Toronto Police Service together with the file number.

Traditionally, every time an electronic fingerprint gets submitted, the RCMP will bill the Toronto Police Service. The processing fee is $25. However, those who are aged 17 and below will not be required to pay the administrative fee. You can have the fee paid through a debit card, credit card, money order made payable to the station, or certified check.

On the other hand, your fee will be waived if you are a volunteer. You just have to provide a letter from your agency that tells you you are a participating individual who is in a volunteer position. Take note as well that the private agency is subject to charge their base price.

The RCMP will require you to undergo this process every time you apply for a Vulnerable Sector Screening.

Also, note that the Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Service discards all fingerprint submissions once the verification is done and the search is completed. All verification results will never be retained.

Connect with the Specialists

Going over the process by yourself can be tedious, tiring, and time-consuming. To avoid the hassle, you can always rely on experts. Here at Globeia, we can provide you with top-notch fingerprinting services and submit your fingerprints to the authorities after the process.

Take note that prior to your fingerprint request, make sure to bring your valid document from the Toronto police as well as the file number. We are in direct connection to the RCMP, so you can be sure that your fingerprints will be safely and securely submitted.

Not all companies can proudly say that they are allowed to offer fingerprinting services for the purpose of vulnerable sector screening. Aside from digital fingerprinting services, we also offer:

International fingerprinting
Ink and roll fingerprinting

When you are requesting for your fingerprints to be taken, always bring two valid government IDs. Book an appointment online or get in touch with us through the following contact details should you need more information:

Address: 1185 Victoria Park Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario M4B 2K5

Phone: 416-288-8070


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