How to Destroy Fingerprints & Photograph Records?

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How to Destroy Fingerprints & Photographs Records?

The following information and applications on this page are for informational purposes ONLY and is NOT to be considered legal advice from Farjoud  Law. BEFORE acting on any information or submitting any applications, it is absolutely crucial to consult a criminal defence lawyer regarding your specific matter.

The information regarding the destruction of records in this post ONLY applies to criminal cases where the accused was determined to be not guilty or the charges were withdrawn/stayedIf you have been convicted of a criminal offence, you should consult a lawyer regarding an application for a record suspension (formerly referred to as a ‘pardon’)


In order to submit an application for the destruction of fingerprints & photographs, you must satisfy all of the specific conditions of the police agency that laid the charge(s).


Most police agencies will generally require all applicants satisfy the following conditions:
  • Must not have a previous criminal record;
  • Must not have any current outstanding charges;
  • Must not be the subject of any outstanding warrants;
  • Must not be the subject of any outstanding peace bonds;
  • Must not be on any outstanding form of release;
  • Must not be subject to any firearms prohibitions; and,
  • Must not have submitted a previous application for destruction


If all the aforementioned conditions are met, you may submit an application to request your fingerprints and photos be destroyed. If there is a waiting period before you can apply, you must ensure that period of time has expired. The waiting period is determined by the disposition of the case. Policies and procedures regarding the application process may vary in different jurisdictions.
An applicant will be required to wait a certain period of time after their charge(s) are withdrawn/found not-guilty before submitting an application:
  • Absolute Discharge: 1 year waiting period from the final disposition date (last court date)
  • Conditional Discharge: 3 year waiting period from the final disposition date
  • Peace Bond: final date of the expiration of the period of peace bond (1-3 years commonly)
  • Not Guilty Verdict: 30 days* to 5 months** (depending on jurisdiction) from final date of disposition
  • Withdrawn by Crown: 30 days* to 5 months** (depending on jurisdiction) from final date of disposition
  • Stayed by Crown or Judge: 1 year waiting period from the final disposition date
* Minimum 30-day waiting period is to ensure that the period of time that a criminal case can be appealed has expired.
**Certain police agencies may require a processing fee (range between $20-60) be paid with all applications, while other police services will process the applications at no cost.


  • Applicant must be at least 18 years of age
  • There is NO guarantee fingerprint & photograph records will be destroyed by the local police agency and/or the RCMP
  • It may take up to 12 months to process an application & to obtain a decision
  • Applications are decided solely by the local police agency.
  • If the police agency decides to destroy an individual’s fingerprints/photographs, they will provide notification of the decision in writing to the applicant (or his/her counsel) as well as indicate in writing that the records have in fact been destroyed
  • Rules and policies regarding the application process may vary across different police agencies
  • If the local police agency approves an application (to destroy the records), they will notify the RCMP of their decision and make a recommendation to the RCMP to destroy the records as well
  • The ultimate decision to destroy (RCMP) records is made solely by the RCMP
  • You can request to observe the destruction of the records in person





Dowload applications by clicking on the link found under the Application Form column


Police Agency


toronto police fingerprint destruction application

Toronto Police Service

Destruction of Adult Fingerprints, Photographs & Records of Disposition

 york region fingerprint destruction application

York Regional Police

Online Fingerprint & Photograph Destruction Application

 peel fingerprint destruction application

Peel Regional Police

Application for Destroying Fingerprints & Photo

 halton police fingerprint destruction application

Halton Regional Police

Removal of Fingerprints Request from Central Records Repository

 durham region police fingerprint destruction application

Durham Regional Police

Fingerprint & Photo Destruction


Windsor Police


Request for Destruction of Fingerprint & Photograph Records

 london fingerprint police destruction application


London Police

Request for the Destruction of Criminal Records Fingerprint Records & Photographs

 hamilton police fingerprint destruction application

Hamilton Police  

Request for Criminal File Closure Application Form

 peterborough police fingerprint destruction application

Peterborough Police  

Fingerprint Destruction Online Application

kingston police fingerprint destruction application

Kingston Police  


Instructions for Request to Destroy Fingerprints

waterloo police fingerprint destruction application

 Waterloo Regional Police

File Closure of Fingerprints & Dispositions Procedure

 barrie police of Fingerprints and Photographs


Barrie Police

Instructions for Destruction of Fingerprints & Photographs

belleville police fingerprint destruction application

 Belleville Police Service

Request for Fingerprint/ Photograph Destruction

 guelph police fingerprint destruction application

Guelph Police Service

Local File Closure Application Form


south simcoe police fingerprint destruction application

South Simcoe Police

Fingerprint & Photograph Destruction Form


 rcmp absolute conditional discharge purge form


Request to Purge Absolute or Conditional Discharge

NOTE TO ALL READERS: Do NOT rely on the contents/information provided in the article as legal advice—the contents of this page are solely for informational purposes and before acting on any of the aforementioned information/contents of this article, please consult with a criminal defence lawyer.




If you or someone you care about has been charged with a criminal offence, please contact a Toronto criminal lawyer regarding your rights. Call Farjoud Law at (647) 606-6776 to speak with a criminal lawyer. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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