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Record Suspension

Parole Board of Canada - Record Suspension

Phone contact: 1-800-874-2652 (toll free)

Email contact: [email protected]

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A Record Suspension (formerly known as a Pardon) application can be completed by individuals without the assistance of a lawyer or any other agency.

If it has been five (5) years (summary offence) or ten (10) years (indictable offence), since you completed your last sentence, you may apply to the Parole Board of Canada for a record suspension. Everything you’ll need to know is included in a booklet put out by the Parole Board of Canada which can be downloaded from

Part of the Record Suspension application process involves submitting fingerprints. This may be done by attending our Records Branch. You will have to schedule an appointment by calling (506) 648-3200 between 8:00am and 4:00pm Monday thru Friday, to schedule an appointment for your prints. There is a fee of $35.00, and you must present two pieces of valid personal identification (one with a photo).

When your fingerprints are received back from the R.C.M.P., a copy of the Local Police Records Check form in the booklet must be taken to every police agency where you have lived in the past 5 years. In Saint John, this form must be brought to our Records Branch anytime, along with two pieces of valid personal identification (one with a photo). We charge a fee of $35.00 for this service.

You do not need a lawyer or representative to apply for a Record Suspension. This will not accelerate the review of your application, nor convey it any special status. The Parole Board of Canada treats all applications in the same way, regardless of whether it was submitted through a lawyer or private company, or directly by the applicant themself.

You can apply for a Record Suspension by following the step-by-step instructions and submitting your completed application forms to the Parole Board of Canada with a $644.88 processing fee made payable to the Receiver General for Canada.

For more information or assistance with obtaining a Record Suspension you may call the Parole Board of Canada at 1-800-874-2652.