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 Hi David, my name is xxxxxxxxx xxxxx..  I have a
 criminal record, probably 4 charges.  I want to get a pardon
 for this.  I was wondering how to get access to my
 record, and if I can do this free of charge?  Could
 you help me out on this?  Thank you.

david ingram replies:

I am verrrrryyy late answering this.

Note that as well as a PARDON from Canada, you need a Waiver to get into the USA.

You do NOT need to pay anyone to get a PARDON in Canada.or a US Waiver.

You can pick up a US waiver application at any US immigration POE (Port of
Entry) or at a US Consulate.  I have never been able to find it "for free"
on the interenet.  The forms or kits are also available commercially.

You can buy excellent kits for both Canada and the USA for $55.00 each at:

Everything you need to know for free in Canada can be found at:

and is reproduced below.

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        a.. How to Obtain a Pardon
        b.. Non-conviction
        c.. Retention/Disposal of Criminal Records
        d.. Purging of Criminal Records
        e.. Retention/Disposal of Young Person Criminal Records
        f.. Young Person Specific Court Dispositions
        g.. Young Person Information Special Repository
      Pardon and Purge Services processes pardons granted and issued and
revocations and cessation of pardons. It seals or reactivates the criminal
record when a pardon is granted, revoked, or ceases to have effect, and
notifies the contributing agencies on behalf of the National Parole Board

      The section also purges criminal records information in accordance
with the Criminal Records Act, Youth Criminal Justice Act, and ministerial

      Note: Under the authority of the Criminal Records Act, the Minister of
Public Safety Canada may disclose information from a pardoned record. Under
the same Act, the National Parole Board may revoke a pardon if the person to
whom it is granted is subsequently convicted of a summary offence or is no
longer of good conduct. A pardon automatically ceases to have effect if the
person to whom it is granted is subsequently convicted of a dual procedure


      NOTE: Please direct all inquiries about the status of your pardon
application to the National Parole Board office nearest you.

      The lead agency dealing with Pardons is the National Parole Board. For
more information on Pardons, visit the Pardons Page of the National Parole
Board website.

      To apply for a pardon:

        a.. You need to obtain a "Pardon Application Guide" from the
National Parole Board (NPB).
        b.. A lawyer or other representative is not necessary.
        c.. To obtain the NPB booklet or for additional information,

        Clemency and Pardons Division
        National Parole Board
        410 Laurier Avenue West
        Ottawa, ON K1A 0R1
        Telephone: 1-800-874-2652
        Fax. (613) 941-4981

        d.. Pardon Application Guides are also available from the NPB
website, NPB Regional Offices, RCMP Offices, Provincial and Municipal Police
Offices, and the Courts of Justice.

      You do not need to apply for a pardon if charges against you were
dismissed, stayed or withdrawn, or did not result in a conviction.

      If charges did not result in a conviction, but your record is on the
RCMP system:

        a.. you may contact the arresting police force and ask them to
request that the RCMP return your fingerprints and all information taken at
the time of arrest for destruction. The police forces may choose to deny
this request.

      Criminal Records are retained until the subject of the record is
eighty (80) years of age with no criminal activity reported in the last ten
(10) years, except where the subject:

        a.. has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
        b.. has been designated a "dangerous offender", and/or is still
under the sentence of a court.
        c.. is still the subject of a prohibition order which has not
        d.. has an outstanding warrant or an interest has been expressed by
an agency engaged in the execution or administration of the law.
      In each of these instances, the criminal record is retained until:

        a.. the subject completes his/her sentence and remains crime free
for a period of ten years.
        b.. the subject attains one hundred (100) years of age.


      Absolute Discharges

        a.. All absolute discharges received on or after July 24, 1992, are
removed from the criminal record after a period of one (1) year from the
date of sentence.

        b.. Absolute discharges received before July 24, 1992, are removed
upon written request from the individual.
      Conditional Discharges

        a.. All conditional discharges received on or after July 24, 1992,
are removed from the criminal record three (3) years following the date of
the sentence.

        b.. Conditional discharges registered before July 24, 1992, are
removed upon written request from the individual.
      Please download the Request to Purge Absolute and/or Conditional
Discharge form and complete and send to:

      Box 8885
      Ottawa, ON K1G 3M8
      Fax: 613-957-9063

      Requests must contain all of the following information:

        a.. your full name (including any maiden names or aliases),
        b.. date of birth,
        c.. complete return mailing address, including Civic address,
Apartment number and/or P.O. Box number
        d.. phone number (include area code), and
        e.. the particulars of the offence(s) that apply.

      Having an expired criminal record as a Young Person should not affect
you as an adult. Once entries have expired, the charges are removed and
cannot be accessed by any law enforcement agency.

      However, a subject found guilty of a subsequent offence as an adult
BEFORE the expiration of the retention period is treated as an adult and the
retention and disposal periods applicable to an adult take effect.

      Young Person - Treatment of Specific Court Dispositions

      Summary Offence and Indictable Offence

        a.. If the young person is found guilty of a summary offence, the
record is removed three (3) years after the satisfaction of the sentence
(custody and/or probation).

        b.. If the young person is found guilty of an indictable offence,
the record is active for a period of five (5) years after the satisfaction
of the sentence (custody and/or probation) and then is transferred to a
special repository.

        c.. If, prior to the expiration of the periods, a conviction for a
subsequent summary offence or an indictable offence is entered against a
young person, the retention period for all entries will begin anew. Once the
retention period for the subsequent offence has expired, the entries are
then transferred to a special repository.
      Finding of Guilt Not Entered

        a.. If the young person is acquitted (other than by a verdict of not
criminally responsible on account of a mental disorder) and the charge is
dismissed, withdrawn, or stayed, the record is transferred to a special

        b.. If the young person receives a reprimand, extra juidicial
sanctions or is ordered to enter into a recognizance to keep the peace and
maintain good behaviour, the information is transferred to a special

        c.. Restorative justice or extra judicial measures: the information
is destroyed upon receipt.
      Absolute and Conditional Discharges

        a.. If the young person is found guilty, and given an absolute
discharge, the record is transferred to a special repository one (1) year
from the date of sentence.

        b.. If found guilty, and given a conditional discharge, the entry is
transferred to a special repository three (3) years from the date of


      Law enforcement agencies cannot access young person information once
it is removed to a special repository. Information stored in the special
repository can only be released by Pardon and Purge Services under
circumstances outlined in section 128 of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.



        a.. National Parole Board of Canada
        b.. Real Time Identification Project (RTID)


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            Content revised: 2003-12-22
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