Digital vs Ink Fingerprints

Parry Sound-Muskoka Digital Fingerprinting is a certified, accredited RCMP agency authorized to capture your fingerprints on a digital scanner and transmit them directly to the RCMP computer in Ottawa or ink and roll your fingerprints on an RCMP C-216 form and return them to you for mailing purposes.

The ‘digital method’ is the fastest and most convenient way to obtain a Canadian clearance. For instance, if an individual needs to get a criminal background check done by way of fingerprints for employment purposes. He/she will attend my office at a pre-arranged date and time with his/her required identification. The entire process will take less than fifteen minutes. He/she will pay the fee required for employment purposes, see Fee Structure link. Prior to you leaving the office, the RCMP will advise that they have received and accepted your fingerprints and are in the cue to be searched. Fingerprints are searched on a first come, first serve basis. In this example, RCMP charge a fee for their service. This fee is collected by myself at the time of printing and the government is reimbursed once a month. This is necessary since the RCMP have no way of collecting their fee from you when digital prints are being submitted.

If you have not been fingerprinted in Canada for a criminal offence, RCMP state that within 72 hours they will mail the results to you (when the fingerprinting is submitted digitally). If you were previously fingerprinted for a criminal offence, RCMP website states it could take upwards of 120 days.

The ‘ink and roll method’ of submitting fingerprints to the RCMP will take longer to get the results back. Using the above example again, you will begin by attending my office. The process will take roughly the same length of time but your fingers will be inked and rolled on the RCMP paper form. You will only pay my fee and I will fold the form and place into an envelope for you with the pertinent RCMP address. You will then go to your bank and obtain a money order for $25.00 made payable to the ‘Receiver General for Canada’, insert this into the envelope and mail to the RCMP in Ottawa.

If you have not been fingerprinted in Canada for a criminal offence, RCMP indicate by submitting the prints by the ink based method, it could take upwards of 120 days to get the results and if you were previously fingerprinted, then it could take between 4 – 6 months!

If you require a police clearance from another country, like a state clearance from the United States or Jamaica for instance, then ink based prints must be taken and submitted for your police clearance.