Get your basic disclosure certificate verified

Last updated: 23 March 2017

If you need to, you can get your basic disclosure certificate verified or confirmed as genuine. You may need to do this for a number of reasons, for example:

  • to work or live abroad
  • to apply for a visa
  • for another legal purpose

Get your certificate stamped and signed

To get your disclosure certificate verified, you must first get it stamped and signed by Disclosure Scotland. There is no charge for this service.

Send your certificate to:

Disclosure Scotland
Corporate Governance
PO Box 250
Glasgow
G51 1YU

You must include:

  • a letter asking for your certificate to be stamped and signed
  • your basic disclosure certificate
  • a stamped addressed envelope (SAE) for your certificate to be returned to you
You must include a SAE with your request so Disclosure Scotland can send your stamped and signed certificate back to you. They won't accept courier envelopes.

Disclosure Scotland usually send certificates back the same day they receive them, but they don't guarantee this.

You should check exactly what it is you need with whoever asked you to get your certificate approved. Getting your certificate stamped and signed by Disclosure Scotland may be enough for you to be able to prove it's genuine and a valid original.

Get your certificate legalised

Once your certificate has been stamped and signed by Disclosure Scotland, if you need to, you can then get it legalised by the Legislation Office. This is sometimes called getting an 'apostille' for your certificate.

Visit GOV.UK to find out how to get your certificate legalised by the Legislation Office and how much it costs.