Those applying for a record check will be contacted if fingerprints are required.

You may be requested to submit fingerprints for three reasons

  1. You have a criminal record and have requested a record check (see Criminal Record below).
  2.  Your date of birth and gender match that of a person listed in the pardoned sex offender list and fingerprints are required to determine identity (see Vulnerable Sector below).
  3. Fingerprints are required as part of the Adoption record check application. 

If fingerprints are required, you will receive an email to book a fingerprint appointment at the Police Reporting Centre, located at 150 Maple Grove Road in Cambridge.

Note to accused persons: If you have been charged with a criminal offence and have missed a fingerprinting appointment you are encouraged to contact the Court Services Branch Fingerprinting Team at 519-570-9777 ext. 8111 as soon as possible.


  1. Please be sure to have two pieces of government issued identification (one with photo) ready to present at the counter. 
  2. Fingerprinting services are provided to citizens living in the Region of Waterloo only.  Individuals are required to show identification at the time of processing, confirming residence within the Regional Municipality of Waterloo.

Criminal Record

Applicants who have a criminal record will be required to submit fingerprints so the Service can confirm a criminal record is held at the Criminal Record Repository of the RCMP. Applicants are NOT required to be fingerprinted for:

  • A conviction for which the applicant has received a pardon.
  • A conviction where the applicant was a "young person" under the YCJA.
  • Absolute or Conditional Discharges.
  • Any offences for which the applicant was not convicted.
  • Provincial or municipal offences.
  • Any charges dealt with outside of Canada. 

Vulnerable Sector

These checks are typically required for coaches involved in minor sports, day care providers, health care providers, those involved in teaching, etc.  Applicants requiring this type of record check are scrutinized through a more rigorous screening process, which will result in more applicants being identified as a potential match resulting in delays in receiving their record check.  Therefore, applicants should ensure they allow ample time to process the request should this situation arise.

Applicants who are impacted will receive an email from the police service explaining the steps that must be followed for their VS check to be completed. They will be required to attend the Police Reporting Centre to have their fingerprints taken. Fingerprints will then be submitted to the RCMP to confirm or refute the potential match. It should be noted that a potential match can result from a person having the same gender and date of birth as a known offender which in nearly all cases will be ruled out by a fingerprint comparison. 

For more information please visit the RCMP website | email the RCMP | Phone: 613-998-6362.

Other Fingerprint Services

Fingerprints for Canadian Citizenship, Immigration, Record Suspension Applications, U.S. Waiver Applications, FBI ink fingerprinting and Employment purposes without a police record check are not available through the Waterloo Regional Police Service.  Please see the list of RCMP accredited fingerprint specialists, on the RCMP website.  Costs of service may vary depending on the provider.

Three companies available in Waterloo Region

DC Clinics, 8-31 McBrine Drive, Kitchener 

Visit the Driver Check website
Tel: 519-748-4658

Frontier One, 210-871 Victoria St. North, Kitchener

Visit the Frontier One website

Tel: 905-247-3868

Please call or email ahead for an appointment.

FAST Fingerprint Services Inc., 1770 King St. East, Kitchener

Visit the FAST Fingerprint Services website

Tel: 519-208-8868




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