Police record checks
To apply for an online police record check you must be a resident of Canada. Youth applications are accepted. Only Winnipeg residents may apply online for a vulnerable sector check.
Are you submitting a record check as part of a Pardon application?
If your agency would like to pre-pay for applicants’ police record checks, please call 204-986-7456 Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to have your agency registered.
WPS assists with online police record check applications at Police Headquarters located at 245 Smith St. (main entrance off Graham Avenue) Monday to Friday 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Closed holidays. All record checks will be processed using our online record system and the results will be sent to you by email. There is one fee for online checks which includes in-person assistance, if required. All checks will be processed in the order received.
An applicant applying in person or who failed the EIV (Electronic Identification Verification) must provide two (2) current pieces of identification, one of which must be government-issued and include the applicant's name, date of birth, signature (where applicable), photo, and expiry date.
Below are the identifications accepted by the Service.
You must provide at least one of the following:
- Driver's license
- Manitoba identification card (issued by Manitoba Public Insurance)
- Permanent resident card
- Secure certificate of Indian status card
- Certificate of Indian status card
- Refugee Protection Claimant Document
- Single Journey Travel Document issued by the Government of Canada
Other pieces of identification
- Health insurance card (issued by a province in Canada)
- Birth Certificate
- Citizenship Card (or Citizenship Certificate)
- Confirmation of Permanent Residence
- Work Permit or Study Permit issued by the Government of Canada
- Single Journey Travel Document issued by the Government of Canada
- Social Insurance Card (or SIN Confirmation Letter)
- Firearms License for Possession & Acquisition
- Military Service Identification Card (CFOne Card or Veteran’s Service Card)
- Nexus Card
- Fast Card (Canada Border Service Agency)
- Manitoba Metis Federation Card
Photo ID card issued by province or territory in Canada
The police information check unit will not disclose to a third party – any specific information will be disclosed to the applicant only.
Chief of Police
Winnipeg Police Service
Attn: Police Records
P.O. Box 1680
Winnipeg, MB R3C 2Z7
By phone: 204-986-6074
The Winnipeg Police Service can only complete vulnerable sector searches for residents of Winnipeg. If you reside outside Winnipeg, you must attend your local police agency to have the search completed.
If you know from previous checks that you will require fingerprints, it is advised to apply online and wait for instructions on attending WPS Headquarters for fingerprints.
Vulnerable sector verification is used to determine the possible existence of a criminal record and/or a sexual offence conviction for which an individual has received a pardon.
With recent changes made by the RCMP in this search, it will result in more individuals having to submit fingerprints to the RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records to complete the verification.
For a complete list of recent enhancements the RCMP have put into effect please see the RCMP website.
If you receive an "attend" letter after submitting your application, follow these instructions.
Individuals are requested to "follow-up" and attend the Customer Service Unit in the lobby of police headquarters for a variety of reasons. Follow-up requests may be related to:
- Submission of fingerprints to confirm or eliminate a criminal record associated to an applicant’s information
- Failure to submit a self-declaration form if you have existing criminal conviction(s)
- Submission of fingerprints for the Vulnerable Sector search to confirm or eliminate a pardon associated to applicants’ information.
- A vulnerable sector check is conducted as part of a police record check. It is a record search of suspended (formerly a pardon) sexual offences. The vulnerable sector check is national RCMP policy that requires applicants who have a combination of name and/or gender and/or date of birth as a pardoned/suspended sex offender to undergo fingerprinting to verify their identity. The vast majority of those fingerprinted will not have a pardoned/suspended sexual offence, but fingerprinting remains a necessity as it eliminates the possibility of an offender changing their name to circumvent a criminal record. This is not an accusation of criminal activity or guilt. Fingerprints are used to confirm your identity only. Please see the RCMP website for more information.
NOTE: The above information cannot be discussed over the phone. The police information check unit will disclose this follow-up request when you attend.
The Winnipeg Police Service uses three search mechanisms:
- R.M.S. - Local records of the Applicant's involvement with Winnipeg Police Service (Police Records Management System)
- C.P.I.C. - The Canadian Police Information Centre system and R.C.M.P. National repository in Ottawa.
- P.I.P. - Police Information Portal
This police information check only provides information found at the time of the check, on the above listed systems. The Winnipeg Police Service does not guarantee completeness of the information, as we are limited to the information available on these systems
Persons requiring fingerprints must attend to the main floor customer service representatives and pay the required fee. The R.C.M.P. charges an additional $25.00 processing fee.
Be sure to retain your receipt. If you should require one additional set of prints within the following 12 months, you will be charged only the $25 RCMP Processing Fee. The original receipt must be presented at the time of payment. Note: this is only good for one additional set of prints from the time of the original purchase.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Persons must then attend, with payment receipt, to the Identification Unit on the main floor to have their fingerprints taken.
Two pieces of valid Identification are required.
A photograph must be taken at the time of fingerprinting to process most fingerprint requests.
For fingerprint forms from other countries which require a photograph, the applicant must provide a passport quality photo in the correct size before fingerprinting can be done.
To obtain a transcript of convictions recorded in the local Winnipeg Police Records Management System, attend to Winnipeg Police Headquarters, located at 245 Smith Street.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Closed holidays
- Attend to one of the Customer Service representatives - pay the required fee and obtain a receipt.
- An electronic fingerprint of the two index fingers will be taken
A criminal record transcript will be mailed in approximately 10 business days.
To obtain a transcript of convictions recorded in the National Repository of Ottawa through the R.C.M.P.:
- Attend to a customer service representative on the main floor and pay the required fingerprint fee plus an additional $25.00 processing fee which is charged by the R.C.M.P. Ottawa. Obtain a receipt.
- Attend to the Forensic Identification Section on the main floor with your receipt.
- Prints will be sent electronically to Ottawa. The results will be sent to the Winnipeg Police Service which will be sent to your home address.
If you require a police incident number – please call our public line in the Records Compilation Unit at 204-986-6074 and leave one detailed message, or send an email to WPS-Records@winnipeg.ca.
If you require a Police Report Confirmation you must attend Winnipeg Police Service Headquarters located at 245 Smith Street and complete Form P-14 Winnipeg Police Service Police Report Confirmation Request. You must produce current, valid and acceptable identification and pay a fee prior to obtaining the requested information.
To view an invoice, log into our website and click on the green shield #4 (or click the receipt image on the left side of your application status). To download an invoice, click any shield and scroll down to the "Application History/Activity" section.
The Winnipeg Police Service does not release police reports. You can make a request under The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). To make a request, you can complete and submit a FIPPA application form. Or, you can print the FIPPA request form and submit the completed application form to the City Clerk's Department by mail, fax or email:
Mail: City Clerk's Department, Susan A. Thompson Building, 510 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1B9
If you have questions regarding FIPPA you may contact 204-986-8106.
If you require a police incident number, please call 204-986-6074, leave a detailed message and a representative will return your call.
If you require a police incident confirmation, you must attend the Police Headquarters during business hours. There is a fee for this request, depending on the number required. The following will be released: police incident number, incident type, incident location, date reported, and attending police badge numbers. We do not release police reports.
They do not expire, however it is up to the applicant to check with the agency on their policy.