Criminal Record Check

Criminal record check and re-check process
The Criminal Records Review Act dictates that people who work with or may potentially have unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults must undergo a criminal record check by the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP). This includes all registrants of the College of Opticians of British Columbia (COBC), as well as other health professionals. A criminal record check must be completed every 5 years.
COBC sends out email reminders to registrants whose criminal record checks are approaching expiry. When you’re contacted to initiate a re-check, be sure to follow the instructions provided to complete your check through the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General. Please note that a police or RCMP check is not an acceptable substitute. (The same applies for first-time applicants.)
To complete a criminal record check application online:
  • Visit to the Ministry of Public Safety website at
  • Enter our Access Code: DG5TSET57V
  • Log in using your BC Services Card or BC Driver’s Licence
    (If your BC Services Card or BC Driver’s Licence is not yet set up for digital use, follow the instructions provided on the website.)
  • Complete the electronic criminal record check application
  • Submit credit card payment of $28

(For assistance with the above process, refer to the Ministry’s step-by-step guide.)

If you do not have a BC Services Card or BC Driver’s Licence, you will need to submit a manual application. Contact the COBC team at to start the process.

Please note: If you have recently submitted an application for a Criminal Record Check and you have received a letter from the Ministry of Justice Criminal Records Review office, please follow the instructions in the letter provided. If it advises that you have been selected for fingerprinting, you can find more information on that process here. Your application cannot be completed until you finish all parts of the process. Any questions about additional steps can be directed to the Ministry at 1-855-587-0185 ext. 2.