A basic disclosure certificate shows any 'unspent' criminal convictions you may have in the UK. 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 for a basic disclosure yourself for any reason, for example:
- a job application
- voluntary work
- an airport security pass
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 conviction record at a point in time, 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.
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?
90% of basic disclosure applications are completed within 14 calendar days (not including postage time). You're likely to receive your basic disclosure certificate within this time, provided there are no mistakes or requests for further information.