Criminal Record Checks

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RECBC verifies the criminal record history of licensing applicants in order to provide appropriate consumer protection. Criminal record checks provide assurance to consumers that they are not at risk in their dealings with a real estate professional.

If an applicant has a criminal record, it does not mean their application will automatically be refused. We will look carefully at the circumstances of the individual case and how the crime committed relates to the responsibilities of holding a real estate licence.

For more information, please review RECBC’s Good Reputation, Suitability, and Fitness Guidelines.

  • Am I required to provide a Criminal Record Check?

    In order to protect consumers, RECBC requires the following applicants to obtain a criminal record check as part of their application:

    • First-time licence applicants
    • Re-licence applicants (those who have been unlicensed for more than 90 days after licence expiry)
    • Reinstatement licence applicants (those who have been unlicensed for more than 90 days within licence period)
    • Director/officer or partner applicants who are not currently licensed or who have not been licensed or registered as a director/officer or partner under the Real Estate Services Act in the last 90 days

    RECBC may require a criminal record check from any licence applicant.

  • How do I obtain a Criminal Record Check?

    You can apply for a criminal record check online using Triton Canada. To obtain a criminal record check using Triton online, please use the link below. RECBC will not be able to accept criminal record check that are obtained using any other link, or through any other online criminal record checks provider. The cost of a Triton criminal record check is $24.95.

    Triton Online Criminal Record Check  — will open in a new tab

    You may also obtain a local criminal record check (also called a Police Information Check) from either the municipal police department or RCMP detachment where you live, or by a division of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires. If using the Commissionaires you must request the type of criminal record check that includes Judicial Matters.

    Online Criminal Record Checks using Triton Canada

    • Please use the following link to access Triton: Triton Canada Online Criminal Record Check  — will open in a new tab
      • RECBC cannot accept criminal record checks obtained from Triton where you have not used the link provided, or through any other online criminal record check provider.
    • Once you have completed the online process, your results will be sent to you via email. RECBC will receive access to your results directly through Triton. You do not need to send your results to us.
    • If your criminal record check was obtained online using Triton, you may email your completed licence application package to [email protected] Please indicate in the email that you have obtained a criminal record check online using Triton. RECBC will access the results directly from Triton, and no paper copy is required for your application.

    In-Person Criminal Record Checks

    • Before you visit the police, RCMP or Commissionaires office, contact them to confirm their hours of operation, fees, and the methods of payment accepted.

    • Print and take with you the criminal record check requirements (included in the application form). These instructions explain that you require a criminal record check for licensing purposes.

    • If the criminal record check has a section requiring you to authorize the disclosure of your personal information, enter “Real Estate Council of BC” in this section.

    • Send your licence application and the original, embossed or dry stamped criminal record check, to RECBC’s office in one package by mail or courier. Do not email or fax your application, as the original criminal record check is required.

    If you are aware of a conviction, charge, or incident with the police on your record, please obtain your criminal record check from your local RCMP or police department. Commissionaires and Triton criminal record checks may not provide the full disclosure required, and will not be accepted by RECBC for licensing purposes if they are incomplete.

  • What if I live outside of BC?

    Criminal record checks must be from Canada unless otherwise requested or approved by RECBC.

    • If you live in a province other than BC, follow the procedures above to obtain an electronic criminal record check using Triton Canada  — will open in a new tab. Criminal record checks obtained using any other link or from any other online criminal record check provider will not be accepted.

      You may also obtain a criminal record check from the municipal police agency or RCMP detachment in your community, or a division of Commissionaires. The criminal record check must provide search results for both convictions and charges before the courts.

      A certified criminal record check obtained via fingerprints is not required. If you are aware of a conviction, charge, or incident with the police on your record, please obtain your criminal record check from your local RCMP or police department. The Commissionaires and Triton Criminal record check results may not provide the full disclosure which is required by RECBC and won’t be accepted if they are incomplete. Before ordering your criminal record check from the police or RCMP, ensure that the search will be conducted for both convictions and charges before the courts (Judicial Matters) and that the search results will provide full disclosure of the incident.
    • If you have lived in a country other than Canada for a significant period within five years of the date of your application, you may be required to provide RECBC with a criminal record check from that country.
  • When should the Criminal Record Check be completed?

    Make sure your criminal record check is completed within 90 days of the date RECBC receives your application.

    If the criminal record check is more than 90 days old, you will be required to have a new check completed before you can be licensed.

  • Will RECBC accept a copy of a Criminal Record Check?

    No. Only original documents will be accepted. RECBC will not accept photocopies of criminal record checks obtained from the police, RCMP, or Commissionaires.

    Send your licence application and the original criminal record check to RECBC’s office in one package via mail or courier. Do not email or fax your initial application, as the original criminal record check is required.

    If your criminal record check was obtained online via Triton, please email your completed licence application package to [email protected] Please indicate in the email that you have obtained a criminal record check online from Triton on your application. RECBC will access the results via Triton, and no paper copy is required. RECBC cannot accept criminal record checks obtained from Triton that have not used the link provided, or from any other online criminal record check provider.

  • I have a criminal record. How do I obtain a Criminal Record check to verify outstanding charges or convictions?

    If you are aware of a conviction, charge, or incident with the police on your record, please obtain your criminal record check (also called a Police Information Check) from your local RCMP or police department.

    The Commissionaires and Triton criminal record check results may not provide the full disclosure which is required by RECBC and won’t be accepted if they are incomplete.

    Before ordering the criminal record check from the police or RCMP, ensure that the search will be conducted for both convictions and charges before the courts (Judicial Matters) and that the search results will provide full disclosure of the incident.

    If the search indicates that you have a conviction or current charge against you, in addition to the original criminal record check you must also provide full details of the incident and include court documentation with your licence application form.

    A certified criminal record check obtained via fingerprints is not required.