Basic disclosure check – Scotland
A Basic Disclosure check Scotland links to the Police National Computer and provides information about unspent (recent/serious) criminal convictions.
If you are an individual living in Scotland or overseas (including the Republic of Ireland) we can process a basic disclosure on your behalf through Disclosure Scotland.
Apply online for your individual Basic Disclosure.
Are you an employer and require Basic DBS Checks? You need Employer Services
Basic disclosures, also referred to a ‘certificate of good conduct’, are very versatile. They can be used in a large range of different job roles and are also used for visa purposes.
What does it show?
New Rehabilitation Periods as from 10th March 2014 – Affecting people living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland only.
|For Custodial Sentences|
|Sentence Length||Rehabilitation Period (from end of sentence)|
|0 – 6 months||2 years|
|6 – 30 months||4 years|
|30 months – 4 years||7 years|
|Over 4 years||Never spent|
|For Non-Custodial Sentences|
|Sentence Length||Buffer Period (from date of conviction)|
|Community Order (& Youth Rehabilitation Order)||1 year|
|Conditional discharge, referral order, reparation order, action plan order, supervision order, bind over order, hospital order||Period of order|
The above periods are halved for persons under 18 at date of conviction (except for custodial sentences of up to 6 months where the buffer period will be 18 months )
|Rehabilitation Periods for people living in Scotland|
||Over 18 when convicted –
|Under 18 when convicted –
|Prison sentence (including suspended sentences) – 6 months to 2.5 years||10 years||5 years|
|Prison sentence (including suspended sentences) – 6 months or less||7 years||3.5 years|
|Fines, probation, compensation, community service, reparation orders, curfew orders||5 years||2.5 years|
|Absolute Discharge||6 months||6 months|
|Conditional Discharge||1 year||1 year|
Basic disclosures show any unspent convictions the applicant may have within the United Kingdom.
An executive agency of the Scottish government, and APCS is a registered body with Disclosure Scotland.
Disclosure Scotland carry out criminal record checks on behalf of individuals that are living in Scotland or overseas. Although the name suggests otherwise, basic disclosures acquired through Disclosure Scotland can be used throughout the United Kingdom.
Disclosure & Barring Service
APCS is also an umbrella body of the Disclosure & Barring Service. APCS are able to provide employers (not individuals) with access to the DBS basic disclosure service.
If you are an individual living and working in England or Wales, and would like to apply for a basic disclosure on yourself, you can apply directly through the official government website: www.gov.uk/request-copy-criminal-record