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 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.

Rehabilitation  Period

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.

Disclosure Scotland

Disclosure Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish government. APCS is a registered body with Disclosure Scotland and use them to provide our basic disclosures for individuals that are living in Scotland or those that are 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: