Certified Criminal Record Check (CCRC)
What is a Certified Criminal Record Check?
A Certified Criminal Record Check (CCRC) is a certified fingerprint-based criminal record search for non-criminal purposes conducted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Ottawa, in which digital fingerprints are compared against the central repository of Canadian criminal records.
Please ensure you request a CCRC, not a vulnerable sector search.
Who is required to submit a CCRC?
You are required by RECA to submit a CCRC if you are:
- applying for a licence for the first-time in Alberta; or
- an industry professional who has not been authorized with RECA in the past 12 months
Why does RECA require a CCRC?
RECA’s mandate is to protect the public, the reputation of the profession and to protect against and suppress mortgage fraud. RECA requires a CCRC to confirm your identity and background information. If you have had a criminal conviction, this may indicate you are not of good character, may place the public at risk, harm the integrity of the profession or bring the integrity of other industry professionals into disrepute. By providing digital fingerprints, the RCMP can confirm your identity and your background.
What are the CCRC requirements?
Your CCRC must be no older than 6 months at the time you submit an application for licensing.
The CCRC must contain your complete legal name and date of birth as it reads on your birth certificate, citizenship card or permanent residency card.
RECA must receive your original CCRC directly from the RCMP in Ottawa. Complete a Third Party Waiver of Consent when you apply for your CCRC so the RCMP can send it directly to RECA.
What happens if my CCRC does not show my complete legal name?
If your CCRC does not show your complete legal name (i.e. your middle name is missing, or one of your names has been misspelled), depending on the circumstances, the executive director may:
- require you to provide a corrected CCRC before you can apply for your licence and/or registration, or,
- allow you to apply for your licence and/or registration and apply a condition to your licence to provide RECA with a new, corrected CCRC within 6 months.
What can I do if I have to provide a new CCRC?
Contact the location where you applied for your CCRC. The missing/incorrect name may be the result of a clerical error.
If the missing/incorrect name is the result of having provided proof of identification that contains a misspelled name or does not contain your full legal name (i.e. passport, driver’s licence), make sure the fingerprinting agency is aware of the requirement to submit your full legal name as it appears on your birth certificate, citizenship card or permanent resident card.
How do I obtain a CCRC?
To obtain a CCRC, go to a private accredited fingerprinting agency or a police detachment that provides fingerprinting services (NOTE: not all police services/detachments provide fingerprinting services - we suggest you call in advance). The private fingerprinting agency or local police will scan your fingerprints and forward them to the RCMP Civil Fingerprint Screening Services in Ottawa.
Fingerprints must be scanned and submitted electronically to the RCMP. The RCMP does not accept paper-based fingerprint submissions. Complete a Third Party Waiver of Consent when you apply for your CCRC so the RCMP can send it directly to RECA.
RECA is not able to provide any explanations for RCMP processing delays.
What can I do to reduce delays?
To avoid delays in obtaining your CCRC::
- apply for your CCRC before completing your pre-licensing education. Ensure your CCRC is not more than 6 months old at the time you apply to RECA for your licence.
- make sure your complete legal name (exactly as it appears on your birth certificate, citizenship card or permanent resident card) and date of birth are reflected on in the CCRC.
Where can I get my fingerprints scanned?
Click here for a listing of private accredited fingerprinting agencies:
If you are unable to visit these locations, you may submit paper-based fingerprints using form C-216C available at your local police station or a private accredited fingerprinting agency to XL-ID Solutions, which will digitize your fingerprints and submit them to the RCMP on your behalf.
How do I know RECA has received my CCRC?
RECA will send you an email after it receives, reviews and accepts your CCRC. To ensure you receive this email, make sure your email address is up to date through your myRECA account.
Can I become licensed after RECA receives my CCRC?
If RECA has received, reviewed and accepted your CCRC, and you have completed all pre-licensing education and exams, your broker can initiate your licensing and registration application. Provide your broker with your myRECA username. For more information on the licensing and registration process, review the myRECA tutorial - Licensing a New Associate.
Can I get licensed if I have a criminal record?
A criminal record does not necessarily prevent you from becoming licensed, as each applicant is evaluated on his or her own merits. If you have a criminal record, RECA requires the following documentation:
- a copy of the police report
- your sworn statement regarding the circumstances of the conviction(s)
- a copy of the court documents including all related transcripts and sentencing reports
- a copy of any prohibition report if applicable
RECA may also request additional information. Based on the information RECA receives, the executive director will determine your suitability for licensing.
You may request a suitability review to avoid investing in pre-licensing education only to have your licence application refused due to something in your past (criminal record, discipline, etc)..
What happens to my fingerprints and my CCRC?
For more information on CCRCs, please visit the RCMP’s Civil Fingerprinting Screening Services website at: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/fing-empr2-eng.htm