When you need to tell someone about your criminal record

You might need to tell an organisation about your criminal record when applying for:

  • a job
  • a university or college course
  • insurance
  • housing

If you have a conviction from a court or a caution from the police, whether you need to tell the organisation depends on:

  • if they ask, for example in an interview or on an application form
  • when you got it
  • what type of punishment or sentence you got
  • the type of criminal record check they might request

There are different rules in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Check what information you need to give about your criminal record.