If you were arrested, fingerprinted, and charged with an offence by the Delta Police Department which resulted in a non-conviction in court, you can request that the fingerprints and photographs related to that criminal record be destroyed.

** If you were charged with an offence which resulted in a conviction in court, then you may be eligible to apply for a Record Suspension through the Parole Board of Canada.

Please note: There is no legislation in place that requires a police agency to destroy fingerprints/ photographs that were obtained legally. Each application is viewed on a case-by-case basis and can be denied depending on circumstances.

Reasons why an application for fingerprint/ photograph destruction may be denied:

  • You were charged as a young person under the Youth Criminal Justice Act
  • You have a criminal conviction
  • You have a criminal charge that is currently before the courts
  • The waiting period has not expired for the non-conviction

Application process:

1. Ensure that the waiting period has expired before applying for the destruction of your prints/photographs. See table below:

Acquitted 3 months
Dismissed 3 months
No charge laid 1 year
Stay of proceedings 1 year
Not guilty 3 months
Conditional discharge
(no destruction request
Automatic destruction
after 3 years
Absolute discharge
(no destruction request
Automatic destruction
after 1 year

2. Complete the Fingerprint and Photograph Destruction Application and either drop it off or mail it to:

Delta Police Department
4455 Clarence Taylor Crescent
Delta, BC, V4K 3E1

Attention: Information Services

3. You will receive a confirmation letter notifying you of the receipt of your application and another letter after the destruction process is either completed or denied. If your destruction request is denied, you will be notified of the reason(s) why and you may choose to appeal the decision.