Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Vulnerable Sector Search?

An applicant who is identified as working with a person or organization responsible for the well-being of children under 18 years or with vulnerable persons 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 as is authorized under the Criminal Records Act.

If you indicate that you are working with vulnerable individuals, you will be required to sign a consent that will allow a search for any sexual offences for which a pardon has been granted, and consent to disclose any pardoned sexual offences.

There are possible delays for Police Information Checks with vulnerable sector requiring fingerprint comparison (see details).


How do I apply for a Police Information Check?

All Police Information Checks must be completed by the agency policing the area where the applicant resides. Abbotsford Police Department will complete Police Information Check searches for residents of Abbotsford only.

Police Information Check Applications are completed in person at the main office located at 2838 Justice Way.

Personnel are available six days a week to assist with these requests. Check our "Locations and Hours" for availability. Our office is closed on Sunday and Statutory holidays.

Police Information Check applications are processed in order of date received and search results should be completed within 10 business days. Delays may occur in completing the search if we have to verify data with other agencies or fingerprints are required to confirm identity.

Completed Police Information Checks will be mailed to the applicant’s home address upon completion.

If living outside Canada, see Police Information Check Outside of Canada.

What is the Police Information Check Process?
  1. Applicant must complete:
    • Police Information Check form (APD-301)
      This form can be downloaded by clicking the link above, or picked up in person from either the AbbyPD headquarters building or our Community Police Office. Bring the form with you to the Abbotsford Police Department, along with the necessary identification and fees (see below).
  2. Provide two pieces of valid, government issued ID - one must have a photo.

    Accepted as photo ID are:

    • Passport
    • Provincial Driver's license
    • Provincial Photo ID card
    • Canadian Military ID
    • Status Indian Card
    • Citizenship Card
    • Current year's student card for youth

    Secondary ID that may be used includes:

    • Birth Certificate
    • Social Insurance Number Card
    • CARE (Provincial Medical) card

    The names on the ID must match. For females who have ID in two different names (usually due to marriage or divorce) please note you may be asked for a marriage/divorce certificate to confirm the names used.

  3. In some instances the applicant may be asked to provide fingerprints so that we may complete the Criminal Record Search requested. If there are any additional fees associated with the processing of the fingerprints by the RCMP, the fees are the responsibility of the applicant.

How much does a Police Information Check cost?

The Abbotsford Police Department charges a fee for all Police Information Checks. The fees have been set in an effort to offset some of the costs associated with offering this service.

  • $65.00 for employment related searches
  • $27.00 for volunteer positions

Fees are payable in Canadian funds, include GST and are payable in exact cash, debit, Visa, MasterCard, or American Express at AbbyPD headquarters, 2838 Justice Way.

Volunteer agencies may opt into the Ministry of Justice Criminal Records Review Program for free checks on their volunteers that work with children and/or vulnerable adults.