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Police Information Checks

The Lethbridge Police Service (LPS) has a new online process for Police Information Checks! 

As the online process has timed questions to authenticate your identity, we recommend using a desktop computer to be better able to answer the questions in the allotted time.

Is your organization covering the cost of your Police Information Check? Contact them directly to obtain a VOUCHER CODE prior to submitting your application. 

For instructions on how to apply for a Police Information Check from outside of Canada, email the Police Information Check Unit directly.  

For Applicants Under 18

LPS is currently reviewing our process for Police Information Checks for applicants under the age of 18 and will not be accepting youth applications while the review is ongoing.

In accordance with Section 119 of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) and LPS policies, we are prohibited from conducting Police Information Checks that include a Vulnerable Sector Search for persons under the age of 18. Those applicants who are under 18 may request a Non-Vulnerable Sector Police Information Check only when they are applying for a paid or volunteer government position (Federal, Provincial or Municipal).

At this time, we do not have an estimated time of completion. We ask for your patience as we work together with the other police agencies throughout the province to complete this province-wide review.

About Police Information Checks

Police Information Checks are more than a Canadian Criminal Record Check. Information is searched in three databases, including:

  • CPIC – the Canadian Police Information Centre system and RCMP national repository in Ottawa
  • JOIN – the Alberta Court System (Justice Online Information Network)
  • Niche/RMS – the local records of the applicant’s involvement with the Lethbridge Police Service

Disclosures can include:

  • Canada-wide Criminal Record History
  • Vulnerable Sector Search (if required)
  • Police History (this includes Local Police Information and Alberta Provincial Court Records)
  • Non-conviction information that is the interest of public safety

The Lethbridge Police Service processes Police Information Checks for employment, volunteer and educational opportunities, licensing requirements and any other relevant purposes.

The Alberta Police Information Check Disclosure Procedures provide additional information on the processes involved and the information that can be disclosed on a Police Information Check in the province of Alberta.

Applying for a Police Information Check

We ask that all applicants apply online for a Police Information Check. As there will be timed questions to authenticate your identity, we recommend using a desktop computer to be better able to answer the questions in the allotted time.

We will continue to offer our in-person application process for the following individuals:

  • Applicants that fail the online authentication process
  • Applicants that don’t have access to a computer
  • Applicants that don’t have at least 1 year’s worth of credit history (which is used to confirm your identity in the online application system)
  • Applicants under the age of 18 who are applying for employment and/or volunteer positions with the Federal, Provincial or Municipal Government only (please note – these applicants must attend with a parent or guardian)

Please note that, in cases where the Police Information Check returns a result that requires fingerprinting, the applicant must attend the police station in person to complete the process.

The online service is intended to provide a more convenient option to complete and submit forms 24/7 without attending the police station. 

Applicants are asked to begin by creating a secure account, followed by a series of timed questions to authenticate identity. Once identity has been confirmed, applicants will complete the necessary forms, provide payment and submit their application.

If no follow-up – such as fingerprinting – is required, applicants will receive an email with instructions on how to securely download their Police Information Check certificate.

To apply online, select from the following form options:

For instructions on how to apply for a Police Information Check from outside of Canada, email the Police Information Check Unit directly.  

  • Fill out the Police Information Check Application Form
    • All forms MUST contain original handwritten signatures – those received with electronic/typed signatures will not be accepted.

  • Attend the front desk of the Lethbridge Police Service (135 1 Avenue South) during business hours (Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. Closed weekends and statutory holidays).

  • Bring two (2) valid pieces of government-issued identification. One (1) of those pieces of identification must include a photo. 
    • Examples of photo identification (this list is not exhaustive):
      • Driver’s Licence or Identification Card
      • Passport
      • Nexus Card
      • Permanent Residence Card
      • Indian/Metis Status Card
    • Examples of non-photo identification (this list is not exhaustive):
      • Provincial Healthcare Card
      • Birth Certificate
      • SIN Card
      • WIN Card
      • Boating License
      • Immigration Papers
    • The Police Information Check Unit reserves the right to accept or refuse any forms of non-government issued identification. Expired identification cannot be accepted.

  • Full payment will be collected by the front desk personnel.

  • Employment Applications - $75.45
    • e.g. paid employment, kinship care, licencing, etc...

  • Volunteer Applications - $15.45
    • e.g. unpaid positions, unpaid post-secondary practicums, etc...
    • In order to qualify for the reduced volunteer fee, you will be required to provide a letter that must:
      • Be on organizational letterhead
      • Be dated within 60 days of the date of application
      • Contain the applicant’s full name
      • Explicitly state that the role is “unpaid”
      • Included a handwritten signature of a designate from the organization

Costs are listed in Canadian dollars and include taxes and processing fees, when charged. 

  • In-person applications:
    • Cash or debit

  • Online applications:
    • Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Visa Debit, MasterCard Debit

Police Information Checks are processed in order of the date they are received in good order. To avoid delays, please ensure all required identification and documentation is included.  

Processing of Police Information Checks is approximately 10 full business days (Monday through Friday – this does not include weekends or holidays) – and is subject to change at any time without notice. This processing period will also vary if identity confirmation (fingerprinting) is required.

Once you have applied, please be sure to follow any further instructions you may receive. Your patience is appreciated while we process your application.

Online results are available in your account for 60 days from the date of completion. Please make sure you download and save a copy within this timeframe, if desired. Your results will not be accessible in your account past 60 days. However, they will be accessible if saved to a personal desktop or folder. 

For applicants who are required to apply in person, your results will be mailed to you after the 10-day processing period. Mailing time with Canada Post is approximately 3 to 5 business days.

The Lethbridge Police Service certifies the results of Police Information Checks for 60 days. After 60 days, online results online will no longer be available and in-person reprints will not be issued.

Vulnerable Sector Checks

A Vulnerable Sector Check is an enhanced Police Information Check, developed to protect children and vulnerable persons and is governed by the Criminal Records Act.

Vulnerable Sector Checks are used to verify if an individual has received a Record Suspension (formally a Pardon) for a sex offence, and if an individual has had any relevant involvement with police. Individuals entering into a role of responsibility are required to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check when they are in a position of trust and/or authority over vulnerable persons, including:

  • Children
  • The elderly
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Any circumstance that places an individual of any age in a position of dependence on others, or those who are at a greater risk for victimization than the general population

A position of trust or authority is more than just having contact with children or vulnerable persons. The nature of the position – not the person – must cause the person to have authority over, or trust of, children or vulnerable persons. Casual positions where occasional contact with children or other vulnerable persons can still require a Vulnerable Sector Check if the nature of the position leads children or vulnerable persons to have trust in the individual.

Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the organization or person responsible for the vulnerable person/people to request that a Vulnerable Sector Check be completed. If you are unsure as to whether a Vulnerable Sector Check is needed for a specific position, please consult with your employer, educational institution, or non-profit organization.

The Lethbridge Police Service can only conduct a Vulnerable Sector Check for individuals that reside in the City of Lethbridge. For applicants who require a Vulnerable Record Check and do not have valid government-issued identification with a Lethbridge address, the Lethbridge Police Service accepts the options listed below as proof of their Lethbridge residency (please note these documents show your name for verification):

  • Recent (mailed) utility, electricity, gas or telephone bill (dated within the last 60 days)
  • Property rental agreements (fixed-term agreements only; month-to-month agreements will not be accepted)
  • Mailed bank statement (dated within the last 60 days)
  • Life, auto, or residential insurance documents (dated within the last 60 days)

Please note this list is not exhaustive and that the Police Information Check Unit reserves the right to accept or refuse any forms of Proof of Residency provided by an applicant.

The Lethbridge Police Service will not accept printed bank statements from the applicant’s bank stamped by a teller, screenshots/captures of banking information (including a teller stamp), or screenshots of Lethbridge addresses from any websites.

An additional $40 fee will be required for applicants who require Vulnerable Sector (VS) fingerprints for employment positions.


For more information about Police Information Checks, email the Police Information Check Unit directly or call 403-330-5157.

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