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Destruction of Fingerprints/Photographs

HOW DO I GET MY CRIMINAL RECORD DESTROYED?

If you were arrested, fingerprinted, and charged with an offence in the City of Vancouver which resulted in a non-conviction finding in court (see list below), you can request the identification documents relating to your criminal record history be destroyed.

PLEASE NOTEIf you have been convicted of an offence anywhere in Canada, you will be required to apply for a record suspension, formerly known as a "pardon."  You may obtain a Record Suspension Application Guide by calling the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) at 1-800-874-2652 or by downloading the forms from the PBC's website. The forms may also be available at any police agency or local public library.

There are varying waiting periods that must expire before the destruction process can begin:

Stay of Proceedings

– one year

Withdrawn

– three months

Dismissed

– three months

Acquitted

– three months

Not Guilty

- three months

ARE ALL REQUESTS FOR DESTRUCTION OF IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS AUTOMATICALLY GRANTED?

Each request is looked at on a case-by-case basis and destruction requests may be denied in some cases.  There is no legislation in place that requires a police agency to destroy identification documents.

Most police agencies have developed their own policy with respect to requests of this nature and will use some discretion in making a decision as to whether a particular request will be granted or denied.

Should a request not be granted, the processing fee will be returned to the requestor with a letter advising of the denial of the request.

WILL THIS PROCESS REMOVE ALL INFORMATION PERTAINING TO MY INCIDENT(S)?

This process will include:

  • all identification documents gathered upon arrest, such as your fingerprints and photograph
  • the physical file created as a result of your arrest
  • the criminal record history pertaining to Vancouver charges ONLY contained in the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database held at the RCMP central repository in Ottawa

The information compiled as a result of the police incident(s) will remain in our local records management system, wherein destruction or removal is not within our policy or guidelines, and the results of the court proceedings will remain in the court’s database.  Please note that the incident and court information may be disclosed during a police record check process.

WILL THIS PROCESS INCLUDE DESTRUCTION OF IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS HELD IN OTHER CITIES?

If you have non-conviction findings in other jurisdictions, you will be required to make application to each police agency for destruction of identification documents.  Each police agency has developed their own policy with respect to destruction requests; therefore, it is advisable to contact each separate agency to ascertain what their process for destruction is.

HOW DO I MAKE APPLICATION FOR DESTRUCTION OF MY IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS?

You write a letter addressed to the Chief Constable of the Vancouver Police Department accompanied by a money order, certified cheque, or lawyer's cheque, in the amount of $50.00 payable to the City of Vancouver. 

The letter should include:

  • your full name (include the name you were arrested under if it is different now)
  • date of birth
  • current address
  • the offence you were charged with (to the best of your recollection)
  • the date of the offence (to the best of your recollection)
  • the Court disposition (to the best of your recollection)

The letter and processing fee can be mailed to:

Vancouver Police Department – Chief Constable
3585 Graveley Street
Vancouver, B.C.
V5K 5J5

ATTENTION:  Criminal Records Unit

or dropped off at one of our Public Service Counters:

2120 Cambie Street

– open daily

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

3585 Graveley Street

– open Mon - Fri

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

A letter confirming receipt of your request and processing fee will be sent to you at the earliest opportunity advising you that the procedure to close your local criminal record file and your file with the RCMP Identification Services of Canada has been initiated.

Once RCMP Ottawa has complied with our request, we will send you another letter confirming that the Vancouver Police Department and the RCMP Central Repository in Ottawa have destroyed your criminal record file, fingerprints, and photograph, and that the information has been removed from the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database.

Please be aware that this whole process from start to finish may take approximately ten months.

If further information is required, please contact the Supervisor in charge of the Criminal Records Unit at (604) 717-3039 or the Criminal Records Unit staff at (604) 717-3040/3042.

Contact the VPD's Criminal Records Unit

The VPD Criminal Records Unit can be reached at (604) 717-3040 or (604) 717-3042.

Do You Have a Non-Conviction Finding in Another City?

You will be required to make application to each police agency for destruction of identification documents. Each police agency has their own policy for destruction requests. You will need to contact each agency to ascertain what their policy is.

 

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