The Lethbridge Police Service offers two types of police information checks: a Police Information Check and a Vulnerable Sector Police Information Check. It should be noted that a Police Information Check is not a Criminal Record Check, but is a comprehensive check of three law enforcement databases: the Canadian Police Information Centre system including, the RCMP Criminal Record Repository and Vulnerable Sector (if required); the Alberta Court System; and the Lethbridge Police Records Management database.
The Lethbridge Police Service processes police information checks for employment, volunteer and educational opportunities, licensing requirements, immigration, travel or VISA requirements, and any other relevant purposes. The Lethbridge Police Service also provides a Local Police Record Check for individuals applying for a record suspension (formerly a Pardon).
Standard processing time will be approximately 3-4 business weeks and is subject to change without notice. This time period may also vary if identity confirmation is required. All applications will be processed in order of date received in good order. Upon completion, a certificate letter will be mailed to the applicant with the results from the application. The Lethbridge Police Service will not email or fax copies of issued certificates.
Obtaining a Police Information Check
All applicants requiring a Police Information Check can attend the Lethbridge Police Service, at 135 1 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0A1. If you are unable to attend the Lethbridge Police Service please see the FAQ section Police Information Checks for individuals Outside Lethbridge.
Hours of Operation
- Monday to Friday – 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Saturday – 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- CLOSED on all Sunday’s and statutory holidays
- Employment - $65
- Immigration/Travel/Visa - $65 - For Canadian Citizenship/Permanent Residency/Immigration, bring your “Citizenship and Immigration Canada Request for Fingerprints" letter if fingerprinting is required.
- Day home/Daycare/Adoption/Kinship/Foster Care/Homestay - $65
- Licensing - $65
- Volunteer/Unpaid Post-Secondary Practicum - $10 -An original current letter issued from the organization, on the organizations letterhead, containing your name, a statement of the position you will be entering and a signature of a designate from the organization must be surrendered at time of application.
All fees include GST.
The Lethbridge Police Service accepts cash, debit cards, personal cheques, certified cheques, bank drafts, or money order. All cheques, drafts and money orders should be made payable to the Lethbridge Police Service.
Two valid pieces of government issued identification must be produced. One piece of identification must be a valid government issued identification including a photo.
Examples of Photo Identification:
- Driver’s Licence or Identification Card
- Nexus Card
- Permanent Residence Card
- Indian/Metis Status Card
Example of non-photo identification:
- Provincial Healthcare Card
- Birth Certificate
- Marriage Certificate
- Immigration Papers
- Citizenship Card
- Citizenship Certificate
The Police Information Specialist reserves the right to accept or refuse any forms of non-government issued identification. Expired identification cannot be accepted.
The Lethbridge Police Service requires that all applicants under the age of 18 be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Proof of Lethbridge residency is required for all applicants requiring a Vulnerable Sector Check. All applicants that fail to provide valid government issued identification with a Lethbridge address will be required to provide documentation verifying a current Lethbridge address. This can include a recent utility, electricity, gas or telephone bill, bank statement, property rental agreement, insurance policy documents (life, auto, residential), etc. dated within that last 90 days. The Lethbridge Police Service cannot conduct a Vulnerable Sector Check for individuals that do not reside in the City of Lethbridge.
Please note that a Police Information Check requiring a Vulnerable Sector Check can only be conducted by a police service.