In order to apply for Canadian Citizenship, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) requires a Certified Criminal Record Check from the RCMP. This can only be completed by having fingerprints taken.
Fingerprinting for Canadian Citizenship
To be eligible to become a Canadian citizen, a person must meet all of the following conditions:
- Possess permanent resident (landed immigrant) status in Canada.
- Have physically resided in Canada as a permanent resident for at least 1,460 days during the six years immediately before the date of application, or at least 183 days during each of four calendar years that are fully or partially within the six years immediately before the application date.
- Possess an adequate knowledge of one of the official languages of Canada (can speak and listen in English or French).
- Have a general knowledge of Canada's values, history, symbols, institutions, rights, responsibilities and privileges of citizenship.
In order to apply for Canadian Citizenship, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) requires a Certified Criminal Record Check from the RCMP. This can only be completed by having fingerprints taken. Gambit ID makes this process simple and effortless by:
- Capturing the required digital fingerprints and photo.
- Sending the results of the record check directly to the citizenship official at IRCC or applicant’s home address.
About your appointment
What to bring
- Two (2) pieces of government issued identification, one of which must be a primary ID.
- If applicable, the letter issued by IRCC requesting fingerprints.
- Any other paperwork that may assist the process.
The following types of ID are acceptable as primary identification:
- Driver's License (issued by Canadian Province or Territory)
- Record of Landing
- Canadian Citizenship Card
- Canadian Permanent Resident Card
- Work or Study Permit
- Certification of Indian Status
- Firearms Possession and Acquisition License
- Canadian National Institute of the Blind Identification Card
- Federal/ Provincial/ Municipal Identification Card
- Military Family Identification Card
The following are acceptable as secondary identification:
- Health Card
- Birth Certificate
- Baptismal Certificate
- Hunting License
- Fishing License
- Marriage License
- Hospital Card
- Immigration Papers
- Union Membership Card
- Private Industry Employee Identification Cards
- SIN cards are NOT an acceptable form of ID.
- All identification must be current and not expired.
What to expect
Upon arrival, you will register at the reception desk where you will be required to provide two pieces of government-issued ID and some basic contact information. When a technician becomes available, you will be escorted into our secure room where your fingerprinting will be completed. The entire process should take approximately 10 minutes if your appointment was scheduled in advance.