Electronic Fingerprinting FAQ

What is "Digital Fingerprinting"?

Digital fingerprinting is the electronic capture of a person's fingerprints via an optical scanner at a capture station. The scanned fingerprints, along with the application details are then formatted into a standardized electronic package that is attached and emailed, via a secure link, direct to the RCMP's Canadian Criminal Real Time Information System (CCRTIS). CCRTIS compares the fingerprint package against the RCMP's criminal record database. If no record is present, the RCMP will issue a certificate indicating a clear record. If the applicant does have a criminal record this will be indicated in the results.


Who needs to be fingerprinted in Canada?

  • Those seeking employment with certain corporations and agencies
  • Applicants for foreign travel, passports, work permits, visas and US waivers
  • Citizenship, permanent resident and immigration applicants
  • International adoption applicants
  • Security license applicants
  • Volunteers


How long will it take for digital fingerprints to be processed by the RCMP?

If the applicant does not have a criminal record and has never been fingerprinted for a criminal offence in Canada, the RCMP will make every effort possible to process the request within 72 hours of receiving the electronic submission. This means that the RCMP will put the results in the mail for mailing back to the applicant or third party within 72 hours. In view of this, please ensure sufficient time is allowed for receipt of the results in the mail before commencing inquiries about the status of fingerprint records. If a criminal record is encountered during the verification process, processing will be increased to 120 days.


Can all applicants choose digital fingerprints?

Digital fingerprinting is available to most applicants for the majority of application types. However in some cases, e.g., submissions to the FBI, applicants may not use digital fingerprinting. For these situations we offer traditional ink and roll fingerprinting. Our fingerprinting professionals can advise you on whether you may opt for digital fingerprinting or if you must use traditional ink and roll fingerprinting.


How can I find out about the status of a submission once it has been sent to the RCMP?

Once Morpho Global ID Services submits your fingerprints electronically you will receive confirmation via e-mail (if an e-mail address is provided on your application) that your fingerprints have been successfully received by the RCMP. If you require further information or have questions regarding your fingerprints you can contact the RCMP Civil Fingerprint Screening Services via e-mail at civilnps@rcmp-grc.gc.ca


Do I need an appointment to be fingerprinted?

Appointments are not needed at most of our locations. Please contact your local office for directions, business hours and any special instructions in order to complete your application.


How long will it take for my fingerprints to be taken?

Our digital process is fast, efficient and clean. A complete fingerprint session normally takes approximately 15 minutes to complete


How are my results obtained?

Each applicant's criminal record verification results can be sent directly to the individual or to a designated third party, such as an employer, immigration or pardon agency. If an applicant is under the age of 18 their results must be returned directly to the home address of the applicant. Please ensure that all of the address information for the applicant or third party is readily available during the application process.


Can I get a copy of my application?

All applicants can receive a true copy of the digital submission to the RCMP. An additional charge may apply.


What identification do I need to bring with me to my appointment?

You must provide two pieces of valid government issued identification, at least one of which must be photo ID.

The following types of identification are acceptable:

  • Passport
  • Citizenship Card or Document
  • Immigration Document (Student Visa, Work Visa, Landing Papers)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Driver's License
  • Permanent Resident Card or Record of Landing for Citizenship applicants
  • Government ID (if you are employed by a federal or Provincial branch of the Government)
  • Health card with photo (please note not all provinces accept health cards as valid government issued ID. Please refer to provincial regulations or call the office nearest you.


Should I bring anything else with me to my appointment?

Please note that it is recommended that applicants have with them any letter or file number provided by the requesting agency (if applicable). All digital fingerprinting requests for Canadian Citizenship must include a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. This letter must include the address for third party results submissions and should have a CIC file number. Please ensure this letter is available during your fingerprinting session.