Basic disclosure criminal record checks –
for individuals

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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 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:

  • Visa applications
  • Individual personal licence purposes, liquor licences etc.
  • If you are unemployed and would like to enhance your C.V.
  • If you are self-employed and need to prove you have had a criminal record check.
  • If you do not meet the eligibility criteria for standard or enhanced disclosures.

We can also carry out apostille and further attestation alongside the individual basic disclosures.

An apostille is an official government issued certificate attached to 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 that the disclosure is true and legal. Please see here 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 check directly from the Disclosure & Barring Service here:



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



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



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.


‘I have found your staff particularly helpful when I have been unsure as to whether a person qualifies for a DBS check. The speed of service is amazing!’

‘Easy set up and explanation, has worked well for us over the last 2 years and will continue using for this coming year and beyond hopefully. Telephone enquiries dealt with quickly and well-informed staff able to assist with all queries we have had’

‘We began using APCS in 2015 and I have built up a good relationship with the APCS staff, in particular Sam and Christine.  I find everyone very helpful.  Thank you!’

‘Staff are always helpful and quick to respond to queries and resolve them. I would highly recommend your company on the basis of my dealings with you since our Diocese moved to an online system’

‘I think that you are a great company providing a great service. The online forms are really easy to complete and the price is great considering we are volunteers’

‘Very pleased that a member of staff contacted me to make sure I had ticked the correct boxes for a particular application. Most grateful!’

‘The checks are turned around far quicker than the previous Disclosure Scotland process that was used and using the online system we are able to do the basic clearance checks on personnel without any delay.’

‘We’ve been using APCS for several years for our DBS checks and have always found the service to be very efficient and it’s a lot more user friendly than other checking services that I’ve used in the past. We’ve recently had to apply for DBS for new Trustees and I received a very quick and clear reply to my query as to the type of DBS that was needed’

‘Thanks again for your patience and also great service throughout. Really great and efficient DBS service who I would recommend to other production companies’