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Documents Required for Criminal Record Check

Documents Needed for Criminal Record Check

This page lists all the documents you need for a criminal record check when applying for a role. You will need to provide original documentation - you cannot use copies.

APPLICATION ROUTES: The documents prove identity if someone else conducts a criminal records check for a role. The route that the application takes (1 to 3) will determine which documents you must provide.

Application Route 1

An application should always start with Route 1 of the process. This means you must be able to show:

At least one of the documents you use must show your current address. You must try to fulfill the requirements for Route 1 before moving on to Route 2 or to Route 3.

Note: You may not be able to show these documents if you are applying for voluntary work and not a UK or EEA national. In this case, you may need to get fingerprinted instead.

Application Route 2

Not having any of the documents listed in Group 1 means you must be able to show:

At least one of the documents you use must show your current address. Also, the organisation that conducts the ID check must then use an appropriate external ID validation service to check the application as well.

Note: An EEA national who is resident in the UK for 5 years (or less) and unable to show these documents may need to get fingerprinted instead.

Application Route 3

Route 3 only applies if it proves to be impossible to process the application through Route 1 or through Route 2.

For Route 3, you must be able to show:

Note: At least one of the documents you use must show your current address. You may get fingerprinted instead if you are unable to provide these documents. Any EEA nationals resident in the UK for 5 years (or less) cannot apply using Route 3.

Group 1

Group 2a

Group 2b

Documents Required for Criminal Background Check in the United Kingdom