A criminal record check costs $35.00 (tax included), unless you’re applying to volunteer for a non-profit organization, in which case the check is free except for a $10.00 processing fee. You must be a resident of Saint John to apply. The processing time for a criminal background check is seven days from the time of submission. No same-day service. Expedited service available for $100.
Vulnerable Sector Screening
A vulnerable sector check determines whether or not a person has a criminal record or a sexual offence conviction for which they've received a pardon. In some cases, fingerprints may be required for submission to the RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records.
A vulnerable sector check must be carried out if you're applying to work in a paid or volunteer position where you’ll be in contact with children under the age of 18 or with vulnerable persons. A vulnerable person is anyone who, because of their age, a disability, or other circumstances, whether temporary or permanent, are in a position of dependence on others or are otherwise at greater risk than the general population of being harmed by persons in a position of authority or trust relative to them. Examples of such positions include teachers, social workers, daycare workers, and children’s sports coaches.
NOTICE: Communication Regarding Updates to Youth Criminal Record Checks for Civil Purposes
Due to changes in Section 119(1) of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) defines who has the authority to access the criminal records of youth under age 18.
Per section 119(1)(o) of the Act, youth criminal record checks are only allowed for the purposes of employment (with or without remuneration) with Federal, provincial, or municipal governments. Access to, and disclosure of, youth information for private employment, or other purposes not defined in the YCJA is prohibited.
To apply for a criminal background check online, click the button below. You must be able to verify your identity to use the online process.
Apply in person
To obtain a criminal background check in person, you must present:
- Two pieces of government-issued ID that confirm your name, date of birth, and Saint John address.
- One of your pieces of ID must include a photo.
- Out of town/country students must present their current student ID card.
- A letter on agency letterhead from the organization requesting the check that includes the applicant’s name, whether they will be working with or responsible for children or vulnerable people, whether the application is for volunteer or paid employment, and the full name and title of person requiring the check, with full contact information.
Bring your request, in person, Monday – Friday (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) to:
ONE Peel Plaza
Saint John, NB E2L 0E1
If you have any further questions about the process, please contact 648-3200.
Fingerprints for employment, pardons, and immigration
If you need a set of fingerprints, you must be a resident of the City of Saint John, and must produce two pieces of appropriate identification that confirms your name, date of birth and address. One piece of identification presented must include a photo.
Tuesday and Wednesday, by appointment only.
Cost is $35.00 (tax included); free if applying to volunteer for a non-profit organization.