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Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Checks

Fingerprinting for a Vulnerable Sector Check in Alberta

A vulnerable sector check is initiated by the police service of local jurisdiction where you live. If your gender and date of birth match to a pardoned sex offender, you will be asked to provide fingerprints to confirm your identity. If fingerprints are required, the police service can take your prints on paper or you can visit another RCMP detachment or police agency that is able to submit the prints electronically. Electronic fingerprinting can reduce the wait time required for a Vunerable Sector Check from weeks to days.

For volunteer purposes, there is no federally regulated fee required for processing a VSC. Please note that local municipal police agencies in Alberta, including some RCMP municipal detachments, may charge additional service fees to process your submission. Please contact your local detachment or police service to enquire about applicable service fees.

For updated processing times, please visit

Visit for a list of police services in Alberta authorized to electronically submit fingerprints to the Real Time Identification (RTID) system for vulnerable sector checks.

News Release

December 15, 2011 - RCMP announces faster processing of Vulnerable Sector Checks in Alberta