Criminal Records Check and the Authentication and Legalization Process

Posted by: Michael Atkinson
Category: Document Authentication and Legalization
criminal records check

A criminal records check or police clearance letter are documents that are issued by various police detachments in Canada. These documents are issued after the name and date of birth of an individual is searched in the database of National Repository of Criminal Records. This national database is maintained by the RCMP.  One might be asked to obtain a Criminal Records Check in the event that they are going abroad for work, schooling etc.  Should a Criminal Records Check be required, this document will need to be authenticated by Global Affairs Canada and then legalized by the specific Embassy or Consulate of the Country.

In addition to the criminal records check or police clearance letters one might be required to have fingerprints taken. The fingerprints can be taken by a police detachment or one can use an authorized third party fingerprint service.

Does a Criminal Records Check need to be notarized?

Before certain police documents can be authenticated by Global Affairs Canada they may need to be notarized by a Canadian Notary. Once the documents have been authenticated they can then proceed with legalization at a particular diplomatic mission with the ultimate goal of being used abroad.

How Can Capital Authentication help me with my Criminal Records Check?

The staff at Capital Authentication is very familiar with what is required in order to have a Criminal Records Check authenticated by the authentication section of Global Affairs Canada. Our office is also able to assist with the legalization of the documents at a particular Embassy or Consular Office.  Should notarization be required for the Criminal Records Check we can assist with that also.  We are only a keyboard click or a telephone call away.

Should you have any questions, or simply wish to obtain a free no obligation quote as it relates to our services, please feel free to reach out to our office in the format of your choosing. We can be reached via e-mail at: or by telephone at: (613) 236-9975.  For useful information please visit us on the web at:

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