Criminal Record Check

As part of our licensure process, you may have to submit a Canadian criminal record check (CRC). A CRC provides information related to criminal offenses and helps us to ensure that you have the judgment to provide safe nursing care.

All CRCs must be provided in English. Translations from a certified translator are also accepted. You are responsible for the cost of all translations.

How to Apply

If you are an LPN, you must submit an original Canadian criminal record check if you’re seeking:

  • Registration and initial licensure, including a conditional licence 
  • To renew your licence when there is a period of time when you were not licensed in NS and you have been licensed outside of NS as an LPN.

You may also be required to submit a criminal record check if you report being charged with, have pleaded guilty to, are convicted of or are found to be guilty of any offence in or out of Canada that is inconsistent with proper professional behavior. 

The Criminal Record Check must be dated within four weeks of submission to us.  

How do I obtain and submit a Canadian CRC?

If you use a local police or RCMP detachment for these checks, you must submit the original hard copy of your Canadian CRC to NSCN by mail or in person. You can also obtain a Canadian and international CRC through one of our approved online companies, CSI and MyBackCheck, and they can provide your results directly to us electronically.

When does my CRC expire?

Six months from the date it is issued.

Is my CRC kept on file for future use?

Your criminal record check is not kept on file and is destroyed once it has been validated. If you would like your criminal record check returned via mail, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your application.  If you do not include a self-addressed envelope, the criminal record check will be destroyed.

If you are an RN or NP, you must submit a Canadian and International* CRC if you’re seeking:

  • Initial registration
  • Licence reactivation after a two-year time lapse 
  • Conditional licence (formerly call a temporary licence)

*If you have worked as an RN or NP outside of Canada in the last two years, you must submit an international CRC from the last state/province/country where you worked. If nursing is regulated at the state level (e.g. USA, India) or provincial level, the CRC must be completed for that state or province. If nursing is regulated at the country level (e.g. Philippines), the CRC must be issued for the entire country.

How do I obtain and submit a Canadian and/or international CRC?

If you use a local police or RCMP detachment for these checks, you must submit the original hard copy of your Canadian and international CRC to NSCN by mail or in person. You can also obtain a Canadian and international CRC through one of our approved online companies, CSI and MyBackCheck, and they can provide your results directly to us electronically.

When does my Canadian and international CRC expire?

Six months from the date it is issued.

Is my CRC kept on file for future use?

If you would like your criminal record check returned to you, please let us know when you submit the document. Otherwise the original document will be scanned, added to your application and confidentially destroyed. 

Frequently-Asked-Questions

Criminal offences include impaired driving, assault, robbery, fraud, sexual offences and most drug-related offences. Minor offences (e.g., speeding tickets, parking tickets, noise infractions) are not usually included in a CRC.

Your CRCs must include your current legal name and date of birth.

If you have a positive criminal record check and it is determined that a risk to the public exists or that your ability to practise may be compromised, your application will be placed on hold while we gather more information and decide on a course of action. For example, your registration and licensure may be denied or our Professional Conduct team may be consulted.

The vulnerable sector check is an enhanced criminal record check. It includes all of the information that would be reported in the criminal record check along with any information related to pardoned sexual offenses. If your employer requires you to obtain a VSC, we will accept this document instead of a CRC. Click here for more information about vulnerable sector checks

If you as an applicant or registrant are at any time charged with, have pleaded guilty to, are convicted of or are found to be guilty of any offence in or out of Canada that is inconsistent with proper professional behavior, you must notify us immediately, unless a pardon has been issued, including a conviction under:

  • Criminal Code (Canada)
  • Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Canada)
  • Other legislations as prescribed in the regulations

If you have any questions, reach out to us at registration@nscn.ca. We will respond within five business days. 

Please be advised that registration requirements and fees are subject to change. All registration and licensure fees are non-refundable. Click here to learn more about fees and payment options