Basic Disclosure Criminal Record Check – for Individuals

Anybody who has ever lived in the United Kingdom can apply for a basic disclosure. It can be used for almost any job role; however, some specific job roles must legally have a higher level of check (for example, teachers and those providing care). If a higher level of check is required and you are self-employed, you must register with a recruitment agency.

Basic disclosures can be used for a variety of reasons:

  • Individual personal licence purposes, liquor licences etc.
  • Unemployed individuals who would like to enhance their C.V.
  • Visa applications.
  • Basic disclosure checks are the appropriate level of check for self-employed individuals, for example tradesmen.
  • Basic disclosures can also be used for employed individuals who do not meet the eligibility criteria for standard or enhanced disclosures

We can also carry out apostille and further attestation as supplementary services alongside the individual basic disclosures. An apostille is an official government issued certificate attached to a document, such as a basic disclosure, so that it will be accepted in other countries that recognise the apostille. The authority receiving the disclosure should then accept it without requesting further evidence or proof that the disclosure is true and legal. Please see Basic Disclosure with an Apostille certificate applied for more information regarding the apostille.

Please note that APCS are only able to process individual applications through Disclosure Scotland. If you are an individual living in England or Wales you can apply for your own basic disclosure directly from the Disclosure & Barring Service here: www.gov.uk/request-copy-criminal-record

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TYPES OF CHECKS

BASIC CHECK – SCOTLAND

If you are an individual living in Scotland or overseas (including the Republic of Ireland) we can process a basic disclosure on your behalf.

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OVERSEAS BASIC APOSTILLE

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) certificate that is affixed with adhesive (by the FCO) to the back of the Basic Disclosure Certificate

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OVERSEAS BASIC ATTESTATION

Attestation is the process in which a document is authenticated to the required level so that another country will be happy to accept it is genuine.

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