You can use Disclosure Scotland’s service to request a copy of your criminal record in England, Scotland and Wales. This is called ‘basic disclosure’.

You can also choose to apply through other companies. The Disclosure and Barring Service has a list of companies you can apply through.

The check will only show convictions that aren’t ‘spent’, for example some types of caution will disappear after 3 months.

You must be over 16 to make the request.

It costs £25 and you can pay by:

  • credit card
  • debit card

It’ll usually take up to 14 days for you to receive your certificate.

There’s a different way to apply in Northern Ireland.

Start now on the Disclosure Scotland website

Before you start

You’ll need:

  • details of all your addresses for the last 5 years - including the dates you lived there
  • proof of your identity, for example a passport, valid driving licence or birth certificate
  • your National Insurance number

You’ll also need one of the following to prove your current address:

  • a utility bill (gas, electric or landline telephone)
  • a typed rental or mortgage agreement
  • a current bank statement
  • an official doctor’s letter

Requesting your police record

You’ll need to request a police record instead if:

  • you’re applying for certain visas
  • you want to see your police file without receiving a certificate - this will show up any warnings or cautions that aren’t on your official criminal record

If you can’t upload or would prefer not to send your documents through the service, you can send them after you’ve completed the online application

Don’t send originals as they won’t be returned.

You can send copies of your documents to Disclosure Scotland, by post, email or fax.

Disclosure Scotland
Basic EHU
PO Box 250
G51 1YU

Disclosure Scotland
Fax: 03000 2000 50

Include your 18 digit case reference number when you send your documents.

If you live outside the UK

You won’t be able to use the online service so you’ll need to request a paper form.