The vulnerable sector (VS) check requires fingerprints from applicants who share a date of birth and gender with a pardoned sex offender. If you are required to provide fingerprints as part of the VS Check, please contact CDSBC.
As part of a criminal record check process, the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP) will conduct a VS check. The VS check is a federally mandated standard set by the national RCMP. The process determines whether or not an applicant has a record suspension (formerly known as pardons) for a sexual offence.
The national RCMP policy requires fingerprints from those who share a date of birth and gender with a pardoned sex offender to verify their identity.
This is not an accusation of criminal activity or guilt: fingerprints are used to confirm your identity only.
The applicant will be required to visit their local police or RCMP detachment to submit their fingerprints.
Please note: Police and RCMP detachments will require two pieces of current government-issue identification, one of which must have a current photo. Some police or RCMP detachments may require a photograph of the applicant be taken, along with the fingerprints.
You will have 90 days from the date of the initial fingerprint request letter to complete the VS check requirement. If the CRRP does not receive the results after 60 days, you will be sent a reminder letter with an additional 30 days to comply. If the results are not received in 30 days, your CRC application will be closed due to non-compliance and CDSBC will then be notified.
To prevent this from happening, it is recommended that a copy of the fingerprinting receipt is sent to the CRRP via email to email@example.com and the service will remain open until the CRRP receives the results of the VS Check.
Yes, there are typically two fees associated with the VS Check. The federal processing fee and the fingerprint service fee. The federal processing fee is $25 for fingerprinting. Payment will be collected by the police service or the accredited company for electronic transactions. This fee is in addition to any local service fees required for fingerprinting by a police service, RCMP detachment and/or an accredited fingerprinting company.
Please note: the addition cost to the VS Check will not be reimbursed by CDSBC or the Criminal Records Review Program
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