Law Enforcement

Criminal Record Checks

Now Accepting Online Applications


The process of conducting a criminal background check just got easier. Click below to open Saint John Police Force’s online application.

If you experience any problems during the authentication process or errors during the online process, please contact the Saint John Police Force at 506-648-3200 immediately.

Please do not re-apply as you will be charged again.

The processing time for a criminal background check is five (5) days from the date of application. 

A reminder, you must be a resident of Saint John and able to verify your identity to use the online process.


In Person Application


ONE Peel Plaza - Main Lobby


Requirements to obtain a Criminal Record Check, Clearance Letter, or Pardon from the Saint John Police Force:

Information drop off: Monday – Friday* (8:00 am - 4:30 pm)

*No same day service.*

Criminal Record Checks will be available for pickup five (5) business days after the application is submitted.

  • Must be a resident of the City of Saint John
  • A letter on agency letterhead from the organization requesting the police records check that includes:
  1. applicant’s name,
  2. whether they will be working with or responsible for children or vulnerable people,
  3. whether the application is for volunteer or paid employment,
  4. and full name and title of person requiring the check with full contact information.
  • The applicant must produce two pieces of government-issued identification that confirms their name, date of birth and Saint John address.  One piece of identification must include a photo.  Out of town/country students must present their current student I.D. card for the college/university they are attending.
  • Must attend in person.
  • Cost - $35.00 (tax included); The fee for the criminal record check is free if applying to volunteer for a non-profit organization but there is a $10.00 processing fee.

Requirements to obtain fingerprints for employment, pardons and immigration:


Tuesday and Wednesday: By Appointment Only

The applicant must be a resident of the City of Saint John.  The applicant must produce two pieces of appropriate identification that confirms their name, date of birth and address.  One piece of identification presented must include a photo.

  • Cost - $35.00 (tax included); free if applying to volunteer for a non-profit organization.

Please Note:  We Reserve The Right To Close This Office At Any Time Due To Operational Need

For more information you can contact us at 648-3200 or

Vulnerable Sector Checks 

A Vulnerable Sector Check must be carried out when any individual is applying to work in a paid or volunteer position where they will be in contact with children under the age of 18 or with vulnerable persons, defined as individuals 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.

Some examples of such positions include: teachers, social workers, day-care workers, and children’s sports coaches.

The purpose of the vulnerable sector check is to determine the possible existence of a criminal record and/or a sexual offence conviction for which an individual has received a pardon.  In some cases, fingerprints may be required for submission to the RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records to complete the check.

For more information or enquiries about the enhanced Vulnerable Sector Check, please refer to

Please call 911 for Emergencies or 648-3333 for non-emergency immediate assistance.

Police Administration

Police Administration

(506) 648-3200

1 Peel Plaza
Saint John, NB, E2L 0E1