The OPP is warning that due to a high volume of police record check requests due to COVID-19, residents may experience delays in the service.

Police say current processing times are estimated at 4 to 6 weeks, but they are working to improve the capacity of the current system and to increase the number of staff members processing applications.

In order to limit contact and reduce the risk of COVID-19, the OPP is now only accepting electronic applications, and fees must be paid by credit card. Applicants may need to attend their local detachment in person, if fingerprinting is required.

However, the OPP say residents do have two other alternatives to receive a record check. They include using a third party vendor, however they may not meet the organization’s requirements.

Another alternative is to request a self-declaration of criminal convictions, through the OPP’s Vulnerable Sector Check. Organizations may deem this acceptable, until the police record check can be completed.