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Men with historical convictions for gay sex may apply to have their convictions disregarded (deleted or where not possible annotated) and pardoned. Where the convictions are disregarded they will no longer be disclosed on Disclosure and Barring Service certificates or in court proceedings.
The offences covered are mainly sections 12 (buggery) and 13 (gross indecency) of the Sexual Offences Act 1956 as well as corresponding offences under earlier legislation, and equivalent military offences. Cautions, warnings and reprimands can also be disregarded.
The activity must have been consensual, with a person of 16 or over, and must not be an offence today - in particular sexual activity in a public lavatory is not eligible as that remains an offence under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
The process is free of charge. To apply simply complete the application form above and provide proof of identity (such as a copy of a driving licence) and address (such as a copy of a bank statement). Where you do not remember the specific details please provide as much information as possible and officials will do their best to trace the records.
Note: Northern Ireland and Scotland. The disregard process applies to offences committed in England or Wales. However the Scottish and Northern Ireland administrations intend to introduce their own schemes.