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Special Constable and Provincial Civil Constable: Appointments

Who Needs This Appointment?
  Anyone in Nova Scotia who is not a police officer, but is required to enforce very specific laws.
Issuing Department / Agency:
  N.S. Department of Justice, Public Safety and Security Division, Security Programs Office
Where can you get this Appointment and / or further information?


Security Programs Office
Public Safety and Security
N.S. Department of Justice



or toll free 1-888-760-5577





1681 Granville Street, Ground Floor
Halifax, NS



PO Box 7
Halifax, NS  B3J 2L6




Application Forms & Process:
  An application for any of these appointments can be obtained online from the Department of Justice website (see above.)

In all cases, the photograph must accompany the applications. (Please see Related Requirements, below.)

If all requirements are met and the application is approved, a copy of the appointment will be sent to the employer (special constable). The appointment for provincial civil constable will be sent to the applicant.

Waiting Period:
  An original application shall be reviewed and a determination made within 10-15 business days after a complete application has been received. An application is considered complete when all materials necessary to make a determination on the application and all requested materials have been received.
Expiry & Renewal:

Provincial Civil Constable - expires 2 years from the date of issue, and can be renewed. The individual must contact this office for the renewal application before the expiry date.

Special Constable - expires 3 years from the date of issue (no expiry for provincial government employees who require a special constable appointment) as long as there is no change in employer (e.g., changing Departments).

Price & Payment:  (No tax is charged)

Initial Application and Renewal:

Provincial Civil Constable $25.00 fee

Special Constable n/a

Please pay by cheque or money order payable to the "Minister of Finance", or by cash (in person).

Application fees for provincial civil constables are processing fees and are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Related Requirements:

Provincial Civil Constable

  • must be 19 years of age or older.
  • be a Canadian citizen or a person legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • have no disqualifying criminal history
  • one current full-face photograph (1 x 1 1/18 in size) of the person for whom application for a license is made.
  • the fee prescribed must accompany the application.
  • two letters of reference.
  • security bond or personnel bond in the amount of $2,000.
  • such other information as may be required.

Special Constables

  • must be 19 years of age or older.
  • be a Canadian citizen or a person legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • have no disqualifying criminal history
  • one current full-face photographs(1 x 1 1/18 in size) of the person for whom application for an appointment is made.
  • such other information as may be required.
  • to issue parking tickets within the metro area , the application must be first submitted to the Halifax Regional Municipality, Parking Enforcement for approval before it is forwarded to this office.
  • to issue parking tickets outside the Halifax Regional Municipality, check with your respective municipal council for approval before the application is forwarded to this office.
Additional Information:


Legislative Authority:

Nova Scotia Police Act and Regulations.

N.S. Police Services Act, Chapter 349 of the Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989.

Criminal Code of Canada

Last Updated: April 2015

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