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Criminal Record Checks

When you apply for or renew an SIA licence we check your criminal record. We do this by submitting something called a ‘disclosure request’ to one of the UK‘s three disclosure bodies: Access NI (Northern Ireland), Disclosure Scotland and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Which one we use will be determined by your address history.

  • If you have lived in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland at any time within the last five years we will send our request to Access NI.
  • If you currently live in Scotland or you live overseas we will send our request to Disclosure Scotland.
  • If you currently live in England and Wales we will send our request to the DBS.

Each of the three disclosure bodies has its own processes that we must follow. Disclosure Scotland requires the person being checked to sign the disclosure request form, so we will send that to you in the post for you to sign and return to us. Access NI requires that disclosure requests are submitted through their website by the person being checked, so we will send you instructions on how to do this. We initiate DBS checks directly following receipt of a completed application. If you said yes to the DBS consent statements when you filled in your application then no further action is required. If you said no to either of the DBS consent statements then we will send you a DBS form through the post that you will need to fill in and send back to us. We will not be able to continue with your application until you have done so.

If you live overseas or you have spent six continuous months or more outside the UK, you must in addition provide evidence of a criminal record check from the relevant country or countries. The checks need to cover the five years prior to your application.