Why have I been asked to submit my fingerprints again?

Many of our clients at F.I.P.S. ask us why they must submit their fingerprints again on a return visit.   The question is typically, “They (R.C.M.P.) already have my fingerprints, why are they asking again?”

The organization or employer requesting fingerprints from an individual, is not actually requesting your fingerprints.  They are concerned with the results of the fingerprints which is the criminal history, if any. The fingerprints are only used by the RCMP to confirm your identity. After completion of service, they are destroyed. They are not kept nor searched for other purposes.

These fingerprint results will be valid for a time that is determined only by the requesting organization or employer.  An individual may be requested to re-submit their fingerprints any time after 3 months.