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​Criminal Record Checks

New applicants are required to undergo a criminal record check (CRC) upon initial registration/certification. All registrants of CDSBC are required to undergo a CRC every five years.

The CRC is a mandatory process required by law of registrants of professional regulatory bodies. Dentists, dental therapists, and CDAs who fail to comply with the criminal record check will not be eligible to register or renew their registration/certification. 

As of 1 March 2017, you will no longer be required to submit your own CRC applications to the College. CDSBC will automatically submit CRC applications on behalf of registrants whose CRC is due to expire. Effective 2017/18, the annual renewal fee will include one fifth of the cost of a CRC, and registrants will be asked to consent to a CRC as part of their online renewal for the year their CRC expires. For more information about the new process, click here.

Note: If your CRC expires prior to 1 March 2017, you are still required to submit your own CRC application for this year. See below for more details

The Criminal Records Review Program implemented the vulnerable sector (VS) check in November 2013, which requires fingerprints from applicants who share a date of birth and gender with a pardoned sex offender. If you are required to complete the VS check, please inform CDSBC staff so that we are aware of the delay. For more information, click here.

For more information on the criminal record check, read our Criminal Record Check FAQ.

Alert: Criminal Record Check delay advisory
           The Criminal Records Review Program is processing a large number of applications. 
           The process is currently taking 5-8 weeks for paper applications. To reduce the

           processing time of your criminal record check, you may complete the online   
           process


If you are submitting your CRC before 1 March 2017

How to complete your CRC online

  1. Go to the BC Government's Criminal Record Check webpage and enter the access code HCXXP6A6RK where indicated.

  2. Click Request a New Criminal Record Check. Continue following their step-by-step instructions.

  3. Submit payment (C$28 processing fee payable by credit card only).

Note: If you are unable to complete the online process, follow the instructions for the paper process below.

How to complete your CRC process using the paper form                 

  1. Fill out, print, and sign the Consent to a Criminal Record Check Form (PDF). 

  2. Attach a clear and legible copy of one piece of government-issued photo ID (driver’s license is preferred) to your CRC consent form.

  3. Attach the C$28 processing fee. Payment may only be made by:
    •    Certified Cheque (payable to the Minister of Finance)
    •    Money order (payable to the Minister of Finance)
    •    Credit card (a credit card authorization form is included with the CRC form)

  4. Submit your completed and signed form with payment to CDSBC at 500-1765 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6J 5C6. Do not send your CRC by fax.


If you are submitting your CRC after 1 March 2017

  1. All of the information required by the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General to process a CRC has been collected by CDSBC at the time of initial registration/certification and/or annual renewal.
  2. The year that your current CRC expires you will be asked, in your online annual renewal forms, to provide consent for release of information for the CRC application.
  3. Payment will also be collected ($28 for new applicants, $5.60 each year for existing registrants).
  4. CDSBC will forward the consent and payment to the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
  5. The Ministry will process the criminal record check.
    • If you are required to complete the vulnerable sector check, you are responsible to follow through with this request. Please inform CDSBC staff so that we are aware of the delay.
    • If a relevant offence is found, a notice of adjudication will be sent to CDSBC and it will be examined if the applicant or registrant poses a risk to children and vulnerable adults.
  6. CDSBC is informed when your CRC is cleared.
  7. If the Deputy Registrar determines that a risk exists, the applicant/registrant, CDSBC, and employer are informed. CDSBC will take action in accordance with the Health Professions Act.

For more information on the new criminal record check process, read our New Criminal Record Check Process FAQ.


Questions?

Please email crrc@cdsbc.org or call 604-736-3621 (toll free 1-800-663-9169).