Start your Online Basic Disclosure Application

Online Basic Disclosure Applications can be processed for:
  • UK residents or...
  • Ex-UK residents, living overseas

For current turn-around/delivery times, or information about the application process please refer to our FAQ's.

To start, choose your application type below:

(you must live in the UK).

(for ex-UK residents living overseas).

Please note: we do NOT provide an Apostille Service.  For advice about getting your certificate Apostilled, contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Please note:  you must be able to provide a copy of at least one of the following ID documents plus two more copies of ID as outlined in the list of Acceptable ID documents.

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. 

Incorrectly filled-in 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. 
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 Disclosure application for you.
You need to provide at least 3 x copies of ID, outlined in the list of Acceptable ID.  At least one of these documents must be from the following list:


  1. Current valid passport (any nationality):  we cannot accept expired passports.
  2. UK Driving Licence Full or Provisional – England/Wales/Scotland/Northern Ireland/Isle of Man; either photo card or old-style (pre-1998) paper driving licence
  3. Original UK birth certificate (issued within 12 months of date of birth, full or short form acceptable)
  4. Valid photo identity card (EU countries only)
  5. UK Firearms licence
  6. HM Forces ID card (UK)
  7. Adoption Certificate (UK)

Please note:  If you do NOT have at least one of these ID documents we CANNOT process a Basic Disclosure Application for you.   

What do I receive / What is a Basic Disclosure?

One hard-copy of the Basic Disclosure Certificate is produced and we post that to your current home address (as provided on your application form), by Royal Mail Standard delivery (for UK applications) and by Royal Mail Standard Airmail (for non-UK applications.   ---   ---

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