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Destruction of Fingerprints and Photographs

If you were arrested, fingerprinted, photographed and charged with a crime that resulted in a non-conviction finding in court, you can ask that the identification documents relating to your criminal record history be destroyed.


The following conditions must be in place in order to be eligible to make a request:

  • Must be an adult (18 years of age or older at date of arrest)
  • Cannot have any criminal convictions
  • Cannot have any outstanding charges before the courts
  • The alleged offence(s) cannot be listed as a primary designated offence or secondary designated offence as defined in section 487.04 of the Criminal Code, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-46
  • Any Peace Bond must have expired for one (1) year before applying for destruction. In cases where spousal assault or domestic crime is involved, three years must have passed from the expiration of the Peace Bond
  • Disposition of all charges must fall into one of the following categories: withdrawn, acquitted, dismissed, quashed, discharged or stayed (Judicial or Crown Attorney Stay) – one (1) year waiting period
  • Absolute Discharge – one (1)-year expiry must have passed prior to application
  • Conditional Discharge – three (3)-year expiry must have passed prior to application

Making a Request

Requests only apply to files held by the Lethbridge Police Service (LPS). If you have non-convictions from other police agencies, separate requests will need to be sent to each agency. 

Forensic Identification Services Section 
Lethbridge Police
135 1 Avenue South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 0A1

  • Requests are processed once forms and supporting documentation are received in good order and applicable fees are paid-in-full

  • To request your own identification file held by the Lethbridge Police Service be reviewed for destruction, complete the Record Purge Request Form 

  • Arrange for proof of identification by showing or photocopying one (1) valid piece of government-issued photo identification 
    • 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

  • Submit the completed package using one (1) of the following options:
    • Attend the front desk at the Lethbridge Police Service (135 1st Avenue South) during business hours (Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. Closed weekends and statutory holidays) 
    • Mail the package to:
      Forensic Identification Services Section
      Lethbridge Police Service
      135 1 Avenue South
      Lethbridge, AB T1J 0A1

  • Requests are processed once forms and supporting documentation are received in good order and applicable fees are paid-in-full

Fee Information

All fees must be paid-in-full before the request is processed.

  • Record Purge Request - $40 per file

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

  • Requests made in-person:
    • Cash or debit

  • Requests made via mail:
    • Certified cheques or money orders made payable to "The City of Lethbridge." 

Please note that personal cheques CANNOT be accepted. 

Reviewing Requests

Each request is looked at on a case-by-case basis.

It is our procedure to deny fingerprint destruction if there are mitigating circumstances such as a risk to public safety, if the charges are of a serious nature or if the applicant is part of an ongoing investigation.

If your request is granted:

  • The LPS will make a recommendation to the RCMP for the destruction of records in possession of the National Repository in Ottawa (CPIC). Please note that fingerprint and photograph destruction does not remove the event from the LPS database. All investigative files are maintained in accordance with the LPS Retention Schedule
  • Once confirmed, the LPS will notify of the date that the identification documents were destroyed
  • A receipt for the processing fee will be provided

If your request is not granted:

  • LPS will send a letter advising of the reason for the denial
  • The processing fee will be returned


If you have been notified in writing that your request for destruction has been denied and the reason why, you have the right to ask for a review of this decision.

Within 30 days of the date of refusal, write a letter outlining why your request should be reconsidered and attach any documentation supporting your position (e.g. court transcripts).

Submit this information by mail to:

Chief of Police
Lethbridge Police Service
135 1 Avenue South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 0A1

Once received, the appeal will be reviewed and a decision will be communicated in 30 business days. 

Should the appeal be denied, an individual may seek redress through the Courts. 

More Information

For more information, visit the RCMP's Managing Your Criminal Record webpage.

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