BASIC CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK 

If you are an individual living in Scotland or overseas (including the Republic of Ireland) APCS can process a basic criminal record check on your behalf through Disclosure Scotland – apply now here !

A basic criminal check (also known as a basic disclosure) from Disclosure Scotland links to the Police National Computer and provides information about unspent (recent/serious) criminal convictions.

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.

Who are Disclosure Scotland?

Disclosure Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish government, and APCS is a registered umbrella 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.

What does the basic certificate show?

Basic certificates show any unspent convictions the applicant may have within the United Kingdom. Please see the below table which shows when convictions are said to be ‘spent’, these are the rehabilitation periods:

Rehabilitation Periods for people living in Scotland
Sentence
Over  18 when convicted

Rehabilitation Period

Under  18 when convicted –

Rehabilitation Period

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

APCS is also an umbrella body of the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) in England. 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

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OTHER TYPES OF CHECKS

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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