FILE DESTRUCTION TIME FRAME

Destruction of Adult Fingerprints, Photographs and Records of Disposition

Having your fingerprints, photographs and record of disposition destroyed can be a long process. It can take up to 8 to 12 months. Submitting an application for a File Destruction is never a guarantee. Each request is looked at on a case by case basis and destruction requests may be denied in some cases. Decisions are made by the various police services not by Canada Pardon Waiver.

When an individual is found not guilty it is true that you do not require a Pardon, however because you were arrested, fingerprinted and attended court the police service which arrested you along with the court house generated identification documents with your name on them. If you were arrested, fingerprinted, and charged with an offence which resulted in a non-conviction finding in court, you can request the identification documents relating to your non-conviction arrest record history be destroyed.

Individuals with a non-conviction finding in court or in order words individuals who were found not guilty in court need to apply for a File Destruction which is a process done by Canada Pardon Waiver requesting for the removal and destruction of your fingerprints, photographs and record of disposition to the various court and police services involved in the arrest(s).

THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS MUST BE FOLLOWED BEFORE THE REQUEST AND PROCESS OF A FILE DESTRUCTION CAN BE STARTED:

1. The applicant must be an adult (18 years of age or older at date of arrest)

2. The applicant cannot have any criminal convictions.

3. The applicant cannot have outstanding charges before the courts.

4. The alleged offence(s) cannot be listed as a primary designated offence or secondary designated offence as defined in section 487.4 of the criminal code.

5. Any peace bond must have expired before applying for a File Destruction.

6. Disposition of all charges must fall into one of the following categories.

For a list of offences which are not eligible for a File Destruction please contact our office to discuss your eligibility with one of our case workers. Call us toll free at 1877-343-2550 to discuss your case, options and eligibility to start and submit an application to have your fingerprints, photographs, and record of disposition destroyed.