A basic disclosure is a criminal record check. You get a certificate showing any 'unspent' criminal convictions you may have. Unspent means you need to declare them. You can use this certificate to show to prospective employers or other people that need to know this information.
You can apply online for a basic disclosure yourself for any reason, for example:
- a job application
- voluntary work
- an airport security pass
Coronavirus (COVID-19) priority workers
Disclosure Scotland will prioritise checks for the workers Scotland needs to respond to coronavirus.
You do not have to pay for disclosures about coronavirus response workers.
A coronavirus response worker is someone:
- in a role only supporting the response to coronavirus
- working in a qualifying sector
- who only needs a disclosure because of their coronavirus work
The qualifying sectors are:
- healthcare (including dental care)
- social work
- social care
- prisons, law and order, and justice
- education (early years, primary and secondary)
- emergency services
- critical national infrastructure
- energy and water supply
- local and central government public services
- environmental protection
- animal health and welfare
- funeral services
- medicines and pharmaceutical supply
- food supply and food processing
- chemical supply
- public transport
- postal and delivery services
- financial services
- food retail
You can email COVID19@disclosurescotland.gov.scot to check your role is for a priority coronavirus response worker.
Apply for yourself
Most people apply online for a basic disclosure for themselves.
Organisations applying for workers
Organisations can download application forms to return by email for:
Information displayed on the paper certificate
Your basic disclosure certificate will show:
- the date it was issued
- your name
- your address
- your date of birth
- any unspent convictions
Basic disclosure time period
Your basic disclosure shows your record of unspent convictions at a point in time (the date your certificate was issued), so there is no set time that it lasts for. If you already have one and apply for a new role, it is up to the new person or organisation whether they'll accept your existing basic disclosure certificate or ask you to get a new one.
You will not have to pay for disclosures for priority coronavirus (COVID-19) response workers. This will remain in place until midnight on Friday 25 December 2020.
For all other workers, the cost of a basic disclosure is £25. You'll need to pay when you apply using a credit or debit card.
How long does it take to get my certificate?
You're likely to receive your basic disclosure certificate within 14 calendar days, although it might take longer if there are any mistakes or if Disclosure Scotland need to contact you for more information.