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How Long Will it Take For My Fingerprints to be Processed?

STEP #1:  Ink Digitization or Digital Fingerprinting

For applicants outside Canada – We digitize your ink fingerprints and submit them to the RCMP instantly within one working day of receiving them.

For applicants attending our office – We take your fingerprints electronically and submit the fingerprints instantly at the time of the appointment.

STEP #2: RCMP Fingeprint Processing Times

This step refers to the amount of time it takes the RCMP to process your fingerprints once they have received them electronically by the fingerprint agency.  In addition, once processed, they place the results in their mail room.  We’ve been told that mail is only sent out on Fridays.  That means, once processed, depending on the timing, it is possible your report may sit in their mail room for 1 to 5 extra days.

Electronic Fingerprinting

  • Regular:  You Have No Criminal Record: 3 business days or less
  • Regular:  There is a match to a Criminal Record: 120 days or more
  • Privacy Act Search for Pardoned (or Suspended) Criminal Record: 2 weeks or less
  • Privacy Act Search for Non-Certified Criminal Record: 2 weeks or less
    Note: You must also add time for mail delivery (see below)

Ink Fingerprinting

  • The RCMP will accept ink fingerprints for processing ONLY if your fingerprints are non-classified and cannot be successfully read by the Digital Fingerprint technology.
  • Processing times are 120 days or more.


Regretfully, the RCMP receives thousands of requests each month and processes them on a first-come, first-serve basis. They do not accept requests for emergencies. They will only send out the results by ordinary mail.

STEP #3:  Ordinary Mail Delivery

The RCMP will only send the results to you by ordinary mail through Canada Post  Canada Post processing times from Ottawa, Ontario is:

  • Delivery to an address in Canada:  3 to 5 business days
  • Delivery to an address in the United States:   4 to 6 business days
  • Delivery to other countries:  4 to 7 business days

Delivery times outside of Canada are estimates and are not guaranteed by Canada Post.

SUMMARY:  most reports are received at the applicant’s designated address within 3 weeks.

Miscellaneous Obstacles that Can Slow Down the Processing of RCMP Fingerprint Form

  • Sex Offender Registry: Your date of birth and gender matches a sex offender (extra steps are in place to ensure you are not the same person).
  • Investigation in Progress: A person may have been identified in a crime with a similar name. The RCMP can delay the release of the results of your search until they rule out you are not the person in question.
  • Poor Fingerprint Quality: There is nothing we can do to improve the quality of your fingerprints if your fingerprints are heavily wrinkled or worn.

NOTE: The RCMP will NOT disclose reasons for delays other than to indicate your ‘request is being processed’. In a case like this, all we can do is confirm: (a) they have your request; (b) the date they received your request; and (c) that it is being processed.

Moved or Wrong Address

  • If you move, please arrange with Canada Post to have mail re-directed to your new address (if the results of your search are being mailed to you directly).
  • If your request is taking longer than usual, please contact us immediately. But, please DO NOT inquire if the minimum amount of time has not passed.

Emergency / Expedited Processing

  • No fingerprinting agency can promise faster processing than another company. The RCMP does not accept requests for emergency or expedited processing under any circumstance. Furthermore, we all use a digital system that transmits instantly to the RCMP—no one system results in faster or better processing than another.

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11 thoughts on “RCMP Fingerprint Processing Times”

  1. Seb says:

    I have a question regarding wait times for fingerprint requests. If one has no criminal convictions, but their fingerprints were on file with the RCMP (e.g., because they were charged with a crime, but the charges were later withdrawn), would such person be subject to the same wait times as those with actual criminal records or the shorter wait times?

    1. deborahw says:

      Normally, the file with the arresting police force is not registered nationally unless there is a conviction (or discharge). Generally speaking, the results should come back quickly–as if you have no criminal record. The only concern I have is that often arresting police forces and courts can be several weeks or months behind updating their system. Sometimes when you submit fingerprints to the RCMP for processing, the RCMP will not release the results unless they are 100% certain the charge was or will be dismissed, withdrawn, etc.

  2. Tringa says:

    I have been told from the rcmp costumer service that the rcmp is behind with applications .. So i have no record and i send the request for fingerprint background check .. How long do u think the processing time will take ??

    1. Debbie Ward says:

      If you have no criminal record, usually you get the results in a couple of weeks. But, if you have a criminal record it could take 2 or 3 months. People with hard to read fingerprints can take longer as well.

  3. Ismail says:

    Can I call rcmp to find out whether my fingerprint result had send to cic

    1. Debbie Ward says:

      Contact the company that fingerprinted you for your DCN number and instructions on how to inquire into the status of your prints. Was it us? I searched for your name in invoicing and did not see you there.

  4. Far says:

    Hi There,

    I was charged 6 month ago by Toronto police, fingerprinted and took a photo, however my case withdrawn at the court (Through diversion). Not even found guilty and I was told that I would not have any criminal record.

    I recently filed and asked Toronto police to destruct my fingerprint and record and it is in process. Obviously, there is a record on the file in RCMP and would be removed.

    My question is,

    if I want to pass the US boarder after the destruction of the record, may I face a problem?
    In case I was asked for the background check for the employment, does nos-conviction record would be mention?

    Thank you very much,

  5. Samantha says:

    I appIied for a vs check 6 weeks ago from my local police, everything is done but the place where I’m born hasn’t gotten back to them after multiple try. What can I do?

    1. Debbie Ward says:

      For a vulnerable sector search…you will have to talk to the police department directly as their processing times vary.

  6. Jennifer Williamson says:

    Where do you contact to see if your fingerprints have been process. Mine were taken 5 weeks ago and I haven’t heard anything. I called the local police station where they were done and I was told they will come back when they get here.

    1. Debbie Ward says:

      To check the status of your fingerprints, please complete the following:
      #1. Copy the INFORMATION IN CAPITAL LETTERS below.
      #2. Paste it in an email addressed to the RCMP at:
      #3. Fill in the blanks and select send.
      #4. If you have a criminal record and would like to inquire into a Canadian Pardon (Record Suspension) or U.S. Travel Waiver, please contact our office at: 403-229-2774
      #1. MY FULL NAME:
      #2. MY DATE OF BIRTH:

      Does this help?

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