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
Fine 1 year
Absolute Discharge None
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

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

Basic disclosures show any unspent convictions the applicant may have within the United Kingdom.

Disclosure Scotland

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:




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.