Canadian Criminal Record Check

Visit the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) website for detailed information. You will be asked to supply fingerprints. 

Please note that Canadian authorities do not issue certificates of good conduct.

Fingerprint-taking for a criminal record check

Effective July 1, 2014, the Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services will only accept electronic fingerprint submissions for civil purposes, as indicated on the RCMP’s website. Clients whose fingerprints are taken outside of Canada should contact accredited companies within Canada who will digitize ink fingerprints and submit them electronically to the RCMP.

Please consult the RCMP's website for instructions on how to apply for the criminal record check once you have had your fingerprints taken.

Obtaining fingerprints while in Romania

If you are a Canadian citizen, please contact the Romanian Police in order to find out how to get your fingerprints taken.

Authentication of criminal record checks (police clearance) or fingerprint certificates

The institution asking for your criminal record check or fingerprint certificate may also request that it be authenticated.  The Embassy of Canada to Romania cannot authenticate these documents.

All criminal record checks, fingerprint certificates and documents originating from any local or provincial police station in Canada must first be notarized by a Canadian notary or a Commissioner of Oaths prior to authentication.

The Authentication and Service of Documents Section (JLAC) will issue a certified true copy of the notarized document, which is accepted by some requesting institutions; please verify if the one you’re applying with will accept a certified true copy.

Instead, documents issued by RCMP headquarters in Ottawa do not need to be notarized prior to being authenticated by the Authentication and Service of Documents Section (JLAC). Therefore, if you need an authenticated original document, you must first request the police clearance from RCMP headquarters in Ottawa and then submit it for authentication.

Step 1

Have the document authenticated in Canada, by the Authentication Officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development:

Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD)
Authentication and Service of Documents Section (JLAC)
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa (Ontario) K1A 0G2

Tel.: (1)-(613)-944-4000
No fees are charged

Step 2

Have the signature of the DFATD official authenticated by the Romanian Embassy in Ottawa or one of its Consulates in Canada 

Embassy of Romania
655 Rideau Street,
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6A3

Tel:  (1)-(613)-789-3709, 789-5345, 789-4037
Fax: (1)-(613)-789-4365

Consular Section:
Tel.:  (1)-(613) -558-1746


Embassy of Canada to Romania
Section Consular Services
1-3 Tuberozelor Street,
011411 Bucharest, Sector 1,


Opening hours

Notarial services are provided Tuesday and Thursday from 09:00 to 12:00, except Statutory Holidays. Please refer to our list of holidays. Fees apply.

Wait times

It can take up to 3 business days from the time we receive your documents  and fees to process them. The processing time can take longer if we have questions about your documents or need additional verifications.

IMPORTANT Processing times may change without notice. If you are making travel plans, you should not book the trip before you obtain your documents.

Step 3

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania
Consular Department
Office for Legalisation of Documents
24, Aleea Alexandru, Bucharest, Sector 1

Tel.: (4)-021-319-68-75