Vulnerable Sector Police Information Checks (PIS-VS)
At Victoria Police Department we ONLY process Vulnerable Sector Police Information Checks (PIC-VS) – this is required for those who work or volunteer in a position of trust or authority over Vulnerable People.
A Vulnerable People is defined by the Criminal Records Act as-
“a person who, because of [their] age, a disability or other circumstances, whether temporary or permanent,
(a) is in a position of dependency on others; or
(b) is otherwise at a greater risk than the general population of being harmed by a person in a position of trust or authority towards them.”
Vulnerable Sector Police Information Checks are done in the jurisdiction in which you reside, not where you work. Victoria Police Department will process applications from those who live in the City of Victoria and Township of Esquimalt only.
Saanich, Oak Bay, Central Saanich, Sidney/North Saanich, and Langford/Metchosin, Colwood, and Sooke all have Police agencies who process Police Information Checks for their own residents.
Victoria Police Department accepts Debit, Credit cards, and Cash. If paying by cash please bring exact amount – no change is provided.
This includes, practicum students and home stay families.
**If fingerprinting is required to complete your Vulnerable Sector Police Information Check, an additional $25 fee will be payable. Not all vulnerable sector checks require fingerprints. Once we have received your application, we will contact you for an appointment if it is needed.
A letter from the Volunteer agency must be provided. See What to Bring section for more information.
What to Bring
Documentation: We need a letter or email from your employer/volunteer agency that they require a Vulnerable Sector Police Information Check. The letter or email must be on company letterhead or from an official company email address (ie not Gmail) and include the following information:
- the organization’s name, address, and contact person with phone number
- your name
- a brief description of how you will be working with vulnerable people
- state whether it is for employment or volunteer
Identification: Please bring with you two (2) pieces of government issued Identification – one of which MUST have a picture and proof of Victoria/Esquimalt address. Acceptable forms of ID include:
- Driver’s license (any province)
- BC ID (or other province ID)
- Passport (any country)
- Citizenship Card
- Military ID Card
- Status Card
- Birth Certificate
- Health Care Card
Please note – Police Information Checks cannot be completed without proof of identity with photo ID
How to Apply
Online: The Victoria Police Department has partnered with Triton Canada to offer City of Victoria and Township of Esquimalt residents the ability to apply and pay for your Vulnerable Sector Police Information Sector Check online here:
Please note, if you apply online your completed Vulnerable Sector Police Information Check will be emailed to you in PDF format. We will not send it to a third party.
Employers can check the authenticity of the document here mypolicecheck.com/validate/victoriapoliceservice using the Confirmation ID and Request ID located at the bottom of page 3 of the completed check.
Please ensure you upload the correct supporting documentation and you live in the City of Victoria or Township of Esquimalt. Incorrect submissions and non-vulnerable police Information checks will be rejected and payment refunded.
In Person: If you do not wish to apply online, our Police Information Check office is located at Victoria Police Department, 850 Caledonia Ave, Victoria. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 8:30am to 3:30pm (closed noon to 1pm). *Please do not attend our Esquimalt location.
To save time, you may download the Police Information Check form and fill it out prior to attending our office.
Non-Vulnerable (Regular) Police Information Checks
Regular Non-Vulnerable Police Information Checks apply to those who DO NOT work with Vulnerable People but who still need a background check for employment. We DO NOT accept these applications. Please contact one of the following accredited agencies:
If you have any questions, please call our Police Information Checks office at 250-995-7314 or [email protected]