Haldimand OPP will be extending their office hours for two days in October to accommodate those needing to drop off their Criminal Records check applications outside of regular business hours.

The following days will have office hours adjusted: Tuesday October 16, and Tuesday October 30, 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. The Haldimand County OPP detachment is located at 72 Haldimand Highway 54 in Cayuga.

Criminal Record checks will not be completed on the spot. This is only an office hour’s extension to accommodate individuals who are unable to attend the detachment during regular office hours.

Criminal Record Checks can only be processed for residents of Haldimand County. Additional office staff and Auxiliary members will be on hand to help streamline the process. With school, hockey and other sports starting up in the fall months, there is an increased need for those requiring criminal record checks.

All volunteers must provide a letter from the agency they are volunteering at. The letter must be on the agency’s letterhead and must be signed by someone at the agency. If volunteering at multiple organizations then a letter is required from each organization.

All applicants who require a Vulnerable Sector Check, which would include anyone working/ volunteering with children or the elderly, must also provide a letter from the agency requesting the Vulnerable Sector.

For applicants who require fingerprints to be taken or those with a criminal record, expect a longer processing timeline.

Criminal Record Checks for employment/ schooling/ adoption/ fostering etc. will cost $25 which can be paid by cash (exact amount) or debit (no credit cards accepted). There is no fee for volunteer criminal record checks. Two pieces of identification must be provided at the time of application. Copies of identification will not be accepted.

Acceptable forms of photo identification include: Driver’s Licence, LCBO BYID (Bring Your Identification) Card, Military Employment Cards, Canadian Citizenship Cards, First Nations Status Card, Passports, Permanent Resident Card, Canadian National Institute for the Blind Card, Firearms Possession and Acquisition Licences, Ontario Photo ID card (issued by the MTO), Nexus Card, Fast Pass Card

Acceptable non-photo identification includes: Birth Certificates, Baptismal Certificates, Hunting Licences, Outdoors Card, Canadian Blood Donor Card, Immigration Papers

Ontario Health Cards, Social Insurance Number Cards and Old Age Security Cards are not permitted to be used as identification due to legislative restrictions.

In 2017, Haldimand County OPP completed more than 3,000 criminal record checks and over 2,300 so far to date in 2018. Criminal Record Checks usually take an average of two weeks for paid record checks and 4-6 weeks for volunteer checks,  longer if there is a backlog of applications.

It is up to the organization requesting the checks as to how long they will be valid.

Anyone who has any questions is asked to call the Haldimand County OPP detachment ahead of time. The Haldimand County detachment contact number is 905-772-3322.