Guide

Apply for basic disclosure

Last updated: 14 November 2018

After you apply

When you've completed your online application you'll see an acknowledgement on the screen with a reference number.

There is no online application tracker for this service.

Reference number

At the end of the application, after you pay, you will be given a reference number that starts with a B and contains 8 numbers. It will look something like this: B39871084.

It's important to keep a note of or print your reference number. We will also send you an email with your reference number using the email address you provide when filling out your payment details.

Identity documents

If TransUnion, Disclosure Scotland's partner agency, are not able to 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
If TransUnion verifies your identity online, you do not need to send copies of your identity documents to Disclosure Scotland.

You'll need to supply 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 (BRP)
  • national identity card from a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • 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 supply 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 can't 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 won't be returned.

Email your documents

You can take photos of the documents with your mobile phone and send the images, or send scanned copies.

Make sure you include your full name and reference number in the email.

Email them to info@disclosurescotland.gsi.gov.uk

Post copies of your documents

If you cannot email your documents, post photocopies to:

Disclosure Scotland PO Box 250 Glasgow G51 1YU

Make sure you write your full name and reference number on the photocopies of your documents.

When you should receive your certificate

If you've correctly completed your application and supplied the right supporting documents, you should get your basic disclosure certificate within 14 calendar days.

If Disclosure Scotland needs to speak to you about your application, they'll contact you using the contact details supplied in your application.

Get help

If you don't get your certificate within 14 days of applying and you haven't heard from Disclosure Scotland, you can contact them to check what's happened.

You must include your reference number when you contact Disclosure Scotland.

You can get in touch:

Apply for basic disclosure
After you apply