Apply for a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to get a copy of your criminal record. This is called ‘basic disclosure’. It’s available for people living or working in England and Wales.

There’s a different way to apply if you live or are applying for a job in Northern Ireland or Scotland.

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

It costs £25. You must be 16 or over to apply.

It usually takes up to 14 days for you to receive your certificate.

The service is available from 8am to 11:30pm.

What you’ll need

To apply for a basic DBS check you’ll need:

  • all your addresses for the last 5 years and the dates you lived there
  • your National Insurance number
  • a debit or credit card
  • your passport
  • your driving licence

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Before you start

Make sure a basic DBS check is the correct one for you. For certain roles, your employer may need to apply for a higher level of criminal record check.

Find out if you need a basic DBS check or ask your employer if you’re not sure.

Get help to use the online service

If you need phone or face-to-face support to apply online, call the DBS helpline on 03000 200 190 or email customerservices@dbs.gsi.gov.uk.

Other ways to apply

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

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 are not on your official criminal record