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After you apply

After you complete your application you'll be given a reference number. This will start with a B and contain 8 numbers, for example B39871084.

It's important to print this number or keep a note of it. Disclosure Scotland will send you an email with your reference number using the email address you provide.

Track your application

You can use your reference number to track the progress of your application.

Most applications are processed within 14 calendar days. A certificate is then sent to you by post. If there are mistakes in your application, it may take longer to process.

Identity documents

If TransUnion, Disclosure Scotland's partner agency, cannot verify your identity online, you'll need to send a copy of your identity documents:

  • one to confirm your date of birth
  • one to confirm your address

You'll need to provide a copy of one of the following, which includes your date of birth:

  • passport (photo page only)
  • driving licence photocard (full or provisional)
  • biometric residence permit
  • national identity card from a country outside the European Economic Area
  • birth certificate
  • adoption certificate
  • marriage certificate or civil partnership certificate
  • NHS card
  • UK armed forces identity card
  • UK firearm or shotgun certificate

You'll also need to provide a copy of one of the following which includes your current address:

  • utility bill, such as gas, electric or phone bill
  • council tax bill or letter
  • driving licence photocard (full or provisional)
  • bank or credit card statement
  • mortgage statement
  • tenancy agreement (typed, not handwritten)
  • insurance policy document or letter
  • payslip or P60
  • UK hospital or doctor's letter
  • UK TV Licence
  • university, college or school letter
  • UK Electoral Register Office letter or UK polling card
  • Home Office letter
  • UK firearm or shotgun certificate
  • UK solicitor's letter on headed paper

Your proof of address must be no more than 12 months old, although your driving licence can be older. You cannot use the same document for both date of birth and address.

You can email or post copies of your documents. Do not post originals, as they will not be returned.

Email your documents

Send photos of the documents or scanned copies. Include your full name and reference number in the email. Send it to

Post copies of your documents

If you cannot email your documents, post copies to:

Disclosure Scotland
PO Box 250
G51 1YU

Write your full name and reference number on the copies of your documents.


If you do not get your certificate within 14 calendar days and Disclosure Scotland has not contacted you, you can ask them for an update.

Include your reference number when you contact Disclosure Scotland:

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Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm
Friday 9am to 3:30pm

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