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Applying for Basic Disclosure Scotland

A basic disclosure is a criminal record check. You get a certificate showing any 'unspent' criminal convictions you may have. Below is some information on how to apply depending on what you need it for:


  • Organisations applying for workers

Organisations can apply for a basic disclosure for their workers.


The quickest way to do this is through Disclosure Scotland's application service for organisations. Email response@disclosurescotland.gov.scot to sign up to this service.





  • For a job or volunteering


If you need a basic disclosure for a job or volunteering role in Scotland, use this service, which is provided by Disclosure Scotland.


  • For a personal reason


If you want a basic disclosure for personal reasons rather than work purposes, apply where you live – Disclosure Scotland if you live in Scotland, or the Disclosure and Barring Service if you live in England or Wales.


How to apply online


  • Before you start

You must do your own basic disclosure application.


  • What you need for your online application

You'll need the following information to hand before you start your online application:

  1. your address details for the past 5 years

  2. your National Insurance number (if you have one)

  3. your passport number (if you have a passport – it can be from any country)

  4. your driving licence number, for either a full or provisional licence (if you have a licence)

  5. your non-UK identity card number (if you have one)

  6. a credit or debit card to pay online.


You may want to have a pen and paper with you to take a note of your reference number at the end of the process. But they'll send you an email with your reference number as well. You'll need to give your email address when filling out your payment details.


  • Identity checks

During the application Disclosure Scotland's partner agency TransUnion will try to verify your identity online so your application can be processed more quickly.

This is not a credit check. It will show up on your credit history, but it won't affect your credit rating.

If TransUnion is not able to verify your identity online, you'll need to send copies of your identity documents to Disclosure Scotland.


  • Payment

You'll need to pay an application fee of £25. Make sure you have a credit or debit card ready for this.


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