Pardon fingerprinting is often required for criminal pardons. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), which is the Federal Police in Canada, requires individuals who are requesting a criminal pardon or want to be cleared of previous criminal charges to get their fingerprints taken and sent to the RCMP office in Ottawa for processing. The RCMP will process the fingerprints and compare them with their fingerprints database to find any matches that associate with a criminal conviction record. If there is no association with a criminal record, a report will be returned indicating there is no criminal record associated with the fingerprints of that individual. If a match is found, as would be expected when conducting a pardon application, then the associated criminal conviction record will be returned to the applicant.
Waiver Fingerprints are similar to the process of pardon fingerprints. The reasoning behind obtaining waiver fingerprints is to verify the background of the applicant.