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Fingerprinting and Criminal Record Checks

Canadian Criminal Record Check

Canadians may require evidence to verify that they have no criminal record in Canada for reasons such as employment, adoption, or immigration. For basic searches, please check with your local police detachment or city/provincial police force in Canada for more information. If fingerprints are required, these checks are performed by the RCMP. The Embassy does not provide fingerprinting or criminal record check services. The applicant must request fingerprinting by the Thai police and then forward a request directly to the RCMP. This is a private matter between the individual and the relevant authorities. The request should be accompanied by a letter indicating the reason and address to where the results should be sent. A fee of CAD $25 is payable for each application, but this is waived in some circumstances. **Current processing time is at least 120 days.**

The RCMP will accept fingerprint forms from foreign countries that contain the following:

  • rolled and flat impressions of all ten fingers taken with black ink
  • full name, date of birth and sex of the applicant
  • the name and address of the police agency
  • the signature of the official taking the fingerprints

Fingerprinting can be done by the Special Branch Division of the Thai police at:

Special Branch Division, Royal Thai Police Department (In Thai only)
Section 3, Sub-division 2, 1st Fl. Building 24
Henri Dunant Road, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel: 0 2205-2168 - 9, Fax: 0 2205-1295
(Mon.-Fri. 08:30 - 16:30)

After obtaining fingerprints from the Thai police, they should be forwarded:

by Courier/Messenger to:

by Mail to:

The Director
Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services
RCMP, NPS Bldg., Loading Dock #1
1200 Vanier Parkway
Ottawa ON K1A 0R2

The Director
Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services
1200 Vanier Parkway
Ottawa ON K1A 0R2

Release of Information to a Third Party

The release of personal information is governed by the Privacy Act and ministerial directives. If a client wants the results of a criminal record check forwarded to a third party, such as an agency, lawyer, friend or family member acting on your behalf, they must provide written consent authorizing the RCMP to release the criminal record information to the individual or agency. The consent must contain a statement that the client is aware that refusal to give consent to release information to a third party will not negatively affect the request. The consent must be an original document. Faxed or photocopied consent letters are not considered valid and will be returned unprocessed.


Before sending your application to the RCMP, make sure it contains the following:

  • original fingerprint form
  • full name
  • date of birth
  • sex
  • mailing address
  • phone number, fax number or email address
  • reason for application
  • processing fee (if applicable) payable to Receiver General for Canada
  • third party consent letter (if applicable)

For more information concerning requests, please contact:

Civil Fingerprint Screening Services
Phone: (613)998-6362

Thai Criminal Record Check

Canadians who are or were residents of Thailand may be asked to undergo a Thai criminal record check for their work permits as required by some countries or companies. If they are not currently in Thailand, they may request fingerprints from the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate abroad or the RCMP. Then 3 sets of fingerprints, 2 photos and a copy of passport are to be sent to:

Special Branch Division
Police Clearance Service Centre
Royal Thai Police Department
1st Fl. Building 24
Henri Dunant Road
Patumwan, Bangkok, Thailand 10330
Tel: +66 2205 2165, +66 2205 2168 - 9 (Mon. – Fri. 08:30 – 16:30)

Clients will be required to arrange the pick up of the results of the criminal record check themselves as the Royal Thai Police will not mail or courier the documents. There is no charge for this service.


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