Telling an employer, university or college about your criminal record

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Check if you need to tell someone about your conviction or caution

Use this tool to check whether:

  • a conviction or caution you got in England or Wales is ‘spent’ (not on your basic criminal record)
  • you need to tell a potential employer, university or college about it

You can also read more about what a spent conviction or caution is.

Check your conviction or caution

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Before you check

For each conviction or caution you’ve had, you’ll need:

  • the type of conviction or caution you got
  • the date you got it
  • the date any conditions ended, or how long your sentence was

If you give approximate dates, the result you get will be approximate.

You will not need to give personal details such as your name. The information you give will not be saved and cannot identify you.