About Basic Disclosure checks (Basic DBS & Basic Scotland)

A Basic Disclosure check is the lowest level of criminal record check available in the UK. 

It entails a search of the Police National Computer (PNC) for details of all current criminal convictions (unspent convictions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974), and will result in a Basic Disclosure certificate which will detail any unspent convictions an applicant has or which will confirm there are no such convictions.


From 1st January 2018, two types of Basic Disclosure Check are available:

  1. Basic DBS checks processed by the Disclosure and Barring Service (the DBS) and available for applicants living/working or who have previously lived or worked in England and Wales. 
  2. Basic Scotland checks processed by Disclosure Scotland and available for applicants living/working or who have previously lived/worked in Scotland. 

When you start your online Basic application form, our system will ask you some 'routing' questions to ascertain where you live/work or previously lived/worked; and automatically direct you to the correct type of Basic Disclosure check (Basic DBS check or a Basic Scotland check).

Who can apply for a Basic DBS / Basic Disclosure Scotland Check?

  • anyone who lives or has lived in the UK
  • any individual in their own name for any purpose
  • self employed
  • for visa applications
  • for a Personal Liquor/Premises Licence application
  • for a new job or volunteer work
  • for pre-employment/recruitment vetting (written consent required from employee)
  • Landlord/Letting agents tenant checking (written consent required from tenant)

Please note:  It is your responsibility to check with the authorities/regulatory body concerned, that this type of criminal record check is adequate for your needs, before placing an order with us.


What is the Basic DBS / Basic Disclosure Scotland application process?

Basic DBS checks and Basic Scotland checks can be obtained by submitting an online Basic DBS/Basic Scotland application form.  

We provide an online Basic DBS / Basic Scotland application system that is quick, secure and full approved by the DBS and Disclosure Scotland (the government agencies who process the checks).

To apply for a Basic DBS check / Basic Scotland check, the applicant needs complete an online application form. 

Please note: if you are obtaining a Basic Disclosure Check for someone else you must obtain their express permission (in writing) to do so. 

Once the online Basic DBS / Basic Scotland application has been submitted, we need to verify the applicant's ID.  To do this the applicant will need to email or post COPIES of their ID documents (as detailed in the Acceptable ID Documents list).  

Important note:  

Please check this list carefully to ensure you can provide copies of the correct ID documents. Time constraints also exist for some documents.  These are indicated on the Acceptable ID list.  At least one ID document must show the full address of where you currently live, and at least one ID documents must show your date of birth.  If you cannot provide copies of ID in line with the Acceptable ID list we will not be able to process a Basic DBS / Basic Scotland application for you.


For current turn-around/delivery times, please refer to our FAQ's.


Incorrectly completed applications, queries, or incorrect ID will cause delays and may result in the rejection of your application.

In such cases of rejection, or late cancellation, administration charges may be applicable.

What do I receive?

Basic DBS applications:  One hard-copy Basic DBS certificate is produced and posted to your current home address that you entered on your online Basic DBS application form.  You will also have access to an online Basic DBS certificate via the DBS website.

Basic Scotland applications:  One hard-copy Basic DBS certificate is produced and posted to your current home address that you entered on your online Basic Scotland.  

Please note:  hard-copy certificates are sent to you by Royal Mail UK Standard delivery (for UK applications) and by Royal Mail International Standard Airmail delivery (for non-UK applications).  Non-UK applicants can choose a Courier delivery option which is charged separately.

I am an Individual needing a Basic DBS certificate:

If you are an individual who needs to apply for a Basic DBS check, please click here to start your online Basic DBS application.  


Reasons and benefits of a Basic Disclosure

  • for current job
  • additional credibility with a job application
  • UK resident applying for a visa
  • personal check of police record of unspent convictions
  • increased customer confidence for self employed
  • for current or prospective employees
  • vetting of prospective tenants
  • for a new job or volunteer work 
  • for any other purpose

I am representing an organisation requiring more than 2 x Basic DBS / Basic Scotland checks:

Go to our sister website which specialists in providing a Basic DBS / Basic Scotland checking service to Organisations requiring checks on their staff.  You will be able to complete and submit our online registration form.  On receipt of your registration, we will set-up an account for you and email you log-in details and instructions on how to submit online Basic Disclosure Applications to us for processing 

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