BASIC DISCLOSURE: One method is the ‘Disclosure Scotland’ service.
People in England, Scotland, or Wales can use the service to get a ‘basic disclosure’. You can also use one of the ‘Responsible Organisations‘ listed by DBS.
They provide basic check services through the Disclosure and Barring Service. Two examples are APCS and uCheck.
If you request a check on your own records it will only show ‘unspent’ convictions. This is important because certain types of cautions disappear after three months.
You must be at least 16 years old to request a copy of your own criminal record. The current costs is £25 which you can pay by credit or debit card. As a rule, it will take around two weeks for you to receive the certificate.
Information Needed Before You Start
- Proof of your identity (e.g. birth certificate, passport, or valid driving licence). This is not needed if you used GOV.UK Verify before.
- Your National Insurance number.
- Details of all your addresses for the previous five (5) years (and dates you lived there).
You will need at least one of the following documents for identification verification to request a basic DBS check:
- A current bank statement.
- A utility bill (e.g. electric or landline telephone).
- An official doctor’s letter.
- A typed rental or mortgage agreement.
Other Methods of Applying
There may be situations where you are unable to upload the documents. Some people would prefer not to send them online through the service. In this case you can send them after completing the online application.
Do not send original documents because they do not get returned. Instead, send copies to Disclosure Scotland either by postal methods, by email, or by fax.
Note: Do not send original documents because they do not get returned. Instead, send copies to Disclosure Scotland either by postal methods, by email, or by fax. Remember to include your 18 digit case reference number. You must use a paper form for requests made outside the United Kingdom.
Requesting Your Police Record
There are some circumstances where you will need to request a police record instead. They include situations when:
- You make an application for certain types of visas.
- You want to view your police file without getting a certificate. This type of request shows any warnings or cautions that do not show up on your official criminal record.