Apply for PVG

Last updated: 20 November 2020

If you're going to be doing 'regulated work' your employer may ask you to join the PVG scheme. To join, you'll need to fill out a paper or digital application form.

Regulated work is when you work with children and/or protected adults, for example a school teacher, girl guide leader or nurse. There are other types of disclosure for non-regulated work.

Application process

The form is usually given to you by your employer or the organisation that you're going to be working with. This is the same for paid employment or voluntary work.

Most organisations will download forms to return by email for:

Organisations can ask for paper forms to return by post.

You'll need to fill in and sign the form and return it to your employer. If they use a different organisation to manage their PVG records, they may ask you to send it straight to them. These organisations are called umbrella bodies.

You'll also need to show some ID to confirm your identity and address to your employer or the organisation managing their PVG records. They'll tell you what form of ID they will accept.

If you're self-employed or work for a personal employer

If you're self-employed and anticipate that you'll be carrying out regulated work with children or protected adults, you can join the PVG Scheme without an organisation countersigning your application.

If you're working for an individual (a personal employer), you can choose to ask your personal employer to countersign your application and they'll receive a copy of your PVG certificate.

Most people will complete and return the form by email for:

You can ask for a PVG application form to be posted to you.

Paying for a PVG

It costs £59 to join the PVG scheme for most roles in all sectors. The organisation you're applying for will tell you if you need to pay the joining fee or if they'll pay for it.

Some workers can get a free disclosure. To do so they must meet the criteria for coronavirus response workers. This will remain in place until midnight on Friday 25 December 2020.

The Scottish Parliament is considering a proposal to extend this exemption until 25 March 2021. We'll update this page once a decision has been made.

Getting your PVG certificate

90% of PVG applications are completed within 14 days (not including postage time). If you've made any mistakes in your application, or if we have to make any extra checks, your application may take longer to complete.

If you submitted your PVG application more than 14 days ago, you can contact Disclosure Scotland to check the progress of your application.


Phone: 0300 020 0040
Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm
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Existing PVG scheme members

PVG membership lasts for life, unless you choose to leave the scheme. If you get barred from carrying out work with children and protected adults after joining the PVG scheme, you will also be removed from the scheme.

If you're already a member of the PVG scheme, you should update your record with Disclosure Scotland when you start a new job or voluntary role which involves regulated work.

Your new employer may ask you to complete an Existing PVG Scheme Member form. This will allow them to get an up-to-date certificate as well as be added to your PVG membership account. This update - known as a Short Scheme Record - costs £18.

Most people will complete and return the form by email for:

You can ask for a PVG application form to be posted to you.

To qualify for a Short Scheme Record, your current PVG Scheme membership has to relate to the same group - children or protected adults - as your new employment. If not, the update will cost £59.