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Police Record Checks

In Ontario, under the Police Record Checks Reform Act, volunteers are eligible to receive free criminal record checks (CRC) and/or criminal record and judicial matters checks (CRJMC) from police services. Volunteers will still be required to pay any fees charged by police services for a Vulnerable Sector Check

The Owen Sound Police Service will complete a Police Record Check on a potential candidate for employment, volunteer duties, or in any situation where a basic Police Criminal Record Check is requested, when:

  1. You reside within the jurisdiction of this police service.
  2. You have signed the required consent forms.

There are three levels of record checks:

  1. Criminal Record Check (CRC) 
  2. Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check (CRJMC)
  3. Vulnerable Sector Check (VS) 

Learn more about the three levels of Background checks here 

Online – to start an online check click here Landing (

[If you are unable to Submit a record check, please verify you have properly answered the questions and that you have an active credit history (regular credit card/banking usage).  Please contact if you experience difficulties submitting after reviewing your answers.

In-Person – print and complete the following form, and attend the Owen Sound Police Service at 922 2nd Avenue West, Owen Sound, Ontario. Criminal Record Check Form 


You must provide in two pieces of identification: one piece of photo I.D. and one piece of I.D. proving proof of Owen Sound residency. You must provide original identification documents. No photocopies will be accepted.

  • Federal, Provincial, or Municipal identification card
  • Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) identification card
  • Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • Certificate of Indian Status
  • Driver's licence
  • FAST/Nexus cards
  • Canadian Citizenship Card
  • Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL)
  • Military Family identification (MFID)
  • Permanent Resident (PR) card
  • Police Service issued warrant card
  • Valid student identity card from a Canadian or foreign institute
  • Ontario Photo Card

Note: Social Insurance Numbers (SIN) are not acceptable for identification purposes. Ontario Health Cards cannot be accepted for identification purposes (Health Cards and Numbers Control Act, 1991 section 2.2(1))

Your proof of address identification must include your name and the City of Owen Sound Address. If your current Owen Sound address is not on your identification, you must bring proof of residency (Utility bills, rental lease agreement, Bank Statements, etc.)

Criminal Record Check - Employment

  • Police Criminal Record Check - $50
  • Police Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check - $50
  • Police Vulnerable Sector Check - $50

Criminal Record Check - Volunteer * In Person background checks only (Fees applied for Online Services)

  • Police Criminal Record Check - Free
  • Police Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check - Free
  • Police Vulnerable Sector Check - $25

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