Criminal Record Check Requirements

The Criminal Records Review Act ensures that people who work with or may potentially have unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults undergo a criminal record check by the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP). This includes all registrants of the College of Opticians of British Columbia (COBC), as well as other health professionals, and is required every five years.

If you have been contacted to complete a Criminal Record Re-Check this year, you will need to complete the application process through the Ministry of Justice. Please note that a police or RCMP check is not an acceptable substitute. 

You can complete your application online, or by submitting a manual form:
  • To complete the online application, please follow the link here to go directly to the Ministry of Justice website where you can complete the necessary steps electronically. You must enter our Access Code DG5TSET57V and choose Request a New Criminal Record Check to begin the process. Please refer to the step-by-step "Walk-through Guide" provided by the Ministry of Justice; you can call the Ministry of Justice toll free at 1-855-587-0185 ext. 2 with any questions. If you have recently completed a Criminal Record Check within the last five years, please click here for information about how to share those results.  
  • If you try and cannot complete the Criminal Record Check online, or the system has failed to verify your identity electronically, you will need to complete the manual process. Please use the form provided by the online system here (electronic signature is acceptable) and forward it to us via email with a copy of two pieces of identification. Our email address is Acceptable types of ID can be found here. When this is complete, we will forward it to the Ministry of Justice on your behalf. Unfortunately, we cannot accept the ID via fax as it renders the images ineligible.  

Please note: If you have recently submitted an application for a Criminal Record Check and you have received a letter from the Ministry of Justice Criminal Records Review office, please follow the instructions in the letter provided. If it advises that you have been selected for fingerprinting, you can find more information on that process here. Your application cannot be completed until you finish all parts of the process. Any questions about additional steps can be directed to the Ministry at 1-855-587-0185 ext. 2.

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