Criminal record check
The SIA is required by law to check that those applying for an SIA licence are 'fit and proper' to work in the industry. One of the checks the SIA undertakes is to review criminal records.
Obtaining your criminal record certificate
In order to obtain your criminal record certificate the SIA sends completed applications to the appropriate disclosure body. We will do the following:
- For applicants currently living in England and Wales, who have not lived in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland within the last five years - The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) – If you do not consent to the SIA receiving both an electronic result AND a copy of your criminal record certificate directly from the DBS, you will need to complete a DBS disclosure request form. We will send this to you in the post for you to complete and return to us. This will delay your application, as we can't proceed until we receive the completed form from you.
- For applicants currently living in Scotland or overseas (except the Republic of Ireland) or who have lived overseas for a period of six months or more in the last five years - Disclosure Scotland requires the person being checked to sign the disclosure request form. We will send it to you in the post for you to sign and return to us. We can't proceed with your application until we receive the completed form from you.
- For applicants who have lived in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland at any time within the last five years - Access Northern Ireland requires that disclosure requests are submitted through their website by the person being checked. We will send you instructions on how to do this.