Canadian Police Information Centre Check
The Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) provides Canadian background checks that do not use fingerprints as the search mechanism. Instead, CPIC checks search for any individuals with convictions that match the applicant’s name and date of birth.
There are two types of CPIC check: standard and premium. Standard CPIC checks only search for convictions. Premium CPIC checks search for convictions, while also searching for pending and/or withdrawn charges, and additional non-conviction data.
The Canadian Police Information Center Database contains information associated with individuals who:
- Have a criminal record for any Criminal Code or Federal Statute offence
- Have been judged not criminally responsible for an offence because of mental disorder
- Have Federal and/or Provincial charges pending
- Are currently on probation of subject to a Prohibition Order
Who Needs a CPIC Check?
The Canadian CPIC check is intended for individuals who are involved as a volunteer, employee, or involved in situations where a basic Criminal Record Check is requested. It is important to note that CPIC checks are not intended for individuals who are seeking volunteer and/or employment with vulnerable systems.
Name-based criminal record checks are faster to perform than fingerprint-based criminal record checks, however they are less thorough. Legal name changes, spelling differences, use of nicknames and some people having the same name can lead to difficulties ensuring the most accurate background checks.
If you are not currently residing in Canada, no problem! Reliability Screening can help process your CPIC check with industry-leading turnaround times and customer service. No matter where you are on the planet, our trusted experts will help guide you through the process and ensure you get your results as quickly as possible.
If you need a CPIC criminal record check, or are unsure which type of check you need, contact Reliability Screening today!
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Frequently Asked Questions
While it’s true that in many cases a CPIC check is all you need, it’s best to make sure before ordering this check. One key difference is that the CPIC check uses CCRTIS and the National Repository of Criminal Records to see whether anything comes up under your name and date of birth – but does NOT use fingerprints.
If you require a background check that uses fingerprints, it’s the RCMP Certified check that you want. We’re happy to discuss your circumstances with you to determine which check is right for you.
Because it doesn’t use fingerprints, the CPIC check is the fastest criminal background check in Canada. This process uses your name and date of birth to see whether there are any criminal records or charges pending.
It is acceptable for many circumstances, especially for employment screening – and that fast response can make a big difference in getting hired.
The premium CPIC check is a more thorough background check. It includes charges before the courts, warrants and discharges.
Even if you are living abroad, you can still get your CPIC Check. The RCMP does not directly process criminal record checks for individuals residing abroad. Individuals looking to receive a CPIC check from outside Canada must contact an accredited company such as Reliability Screening to have their record check processed.