What can I use basic check for?
Basic checks, also referred to a ‘certificate of good conduct’, are very versatile. You can use them in a large range of different job roles and for visa purposes.
Is an individual basic check the same as a DBS basic check?
The individual basic checks service is for anyone living in Scotland or overseas. Disclosure Scotland will issue these checks rather than the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS). This means they are not classed as DBS checks.
Can I apply for a basic check on myself?
If you live in Scotland, or overseas, APCS can process a basic criminal record check on your behalf.
What if I live in England or Wales and need a basic check?
APCS is also an umbrella body of the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) in England. APCS are able to provide employers with access to the DBS basic check service. Register as an employer for our basic DBS checks here
Apply for a basic check on yourself here
What is Disclosure Scotland?
Disclosure Scotland is an agency of the Scottish government. You can use a basic check issued by Disclosure Scotland anywhere in the United Kingdom.
What does the basic check certificate show?
A basic criminal check shows unspent (recent/serious) criminal convictions. Disclosure Scotland gather this information from the Police National Computer.
When are convictions spent?
Convictions are ‘spent’ after the following rehabilitation periods:
|Rehabilitation Periods for people living in Scotland|
|Sentence||Over 18 when convicted
Rehabilitation Period||Under 18 when convicted
|Prison sentence (including suspended sentences) – 6 months to 2.5 years||10 years||5 years|
|Prison sentence (including suspended sentences) – 6 months or less||7 years||3.5 years|
|Fines, probation, compensation, community service, reparation orders, curfew orders||5 years||2.5 years|
|Absolute Discharge||6 months||6 months|
|Conditional Discharge||1 year||1 year|