Fingerprinting services for citizenship applicants

If you have been asked to submit your fingerprints, you can arrange to have them taken through

  • the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP);
  • your local police service; or
  • an RCMP accredited fingerprinting agency.

There are two methods of having your fingerprints taken:

  • Digital (electronic) fingerprinting (faster processing times)
  • Traditional “ink and roll” fingerprinting (longer processing times)

Note: Applicants are responsible for paying all fees associated with having their fingerprints taken, whichever method is used.

Digital method

If you do not have your fingerprints taken by the RCMP or your local police service, you must have them taken through an RCMP accredited digital fingerprinting agency.

Ink and roll method

You may wish to choose this method if there is no digital fingerprinting service within a reasonable distance from your home.

For a list of service providers of ink-and-roll fingerprinting in your area, please contact your local citizenship office, police department or RCMP detachment in your area.

Notice to fingerprinting agencies: CIC does not list affiliates of electronic fingerprinting agencies or ink-and-roll providers on this page.

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