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Holding and Movements Owners and Transporters Guidance

Grounds for Deregistration/Refusal: What is a spent conviction?

To help those with lesser offences, Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 enables criminalconvictions to become spent or ignored after a specific period of time. Prison sentencesexceeding 2.5 years (30 months) never become spent convictions. We are legally barred fromincluding a spent conviction as reason for refusal of a WOWGR registration. The variousperiods, where a conviction can be considered ‘spent’, are listed below:

Sentence Rehabilitation period for people aged 17 or under when convicted Rehabilitation period for people aged 18 or over when convicted
Prison sentences of 6 months or less 3.5 Years 7 Years
Prison sentences of 6 months to 2.5 years 5 Years 10 Years
Borstal 7 Years 7 Years
Fines, compensation, probation, community service, combination, action plan, drug treatment and testing and preparation orders 2.5 Years 5 Years
Absolute discharge 6 months 6 months