Contact your local police for a copy of the records they hold about you.

Under the Data Protection Act you have the right to ask your local police for a copy of the records they hold about you. This is called a ‘subject access request’.

You may need to show a copy of your records to the local police if you move to another country.

Your local police will tell you how to apply.

You may have to pay a fee. This can’t be more than £10 for checks in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Police certificates for visa applications

Contact the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Criminal Records Office if you need a police certificate for a visa for Australia, Belgium, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or the United States of America.

The fee is £45 to get the certificate within 10 working days and £80 for a 2 day premium service.

Personal record requests from other organisations

You can also request your personal records from the following organisations: