Basic Disclosure​

A basic disclosure is the most common and lowest level of disclosure available. It includes information on any 'unspent' convictions the person has. Anyone can apply for a basic disclosure certificate. Applications for basic disclosure will be processed according to the Scottish rules under the Rehabilitation periods for particular sentences section of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Key points:

  • A basic disclosure is a criminal record check. A certificate is issued showing any 'unspent' criminal convictions a person may have. Unspent means that they need to be declared. This certificate can be used to show to prospective employers or other people that need to know this information.

  • Applications for Basic Disclosures are usually completed online and cost £25 and are usually processed in 14 days.

  • Disclosure Scotland doesn't monitor people with basic disclosure, so the certificate is only valid when it's created and not for a specific length of time.

  • Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, some criminal convictions can be treated as 'spent' – meaning they're not relevant to basic disclosure – after a certain length of time. Spent convictions are not included on a basic disclosure.

Links for more information

Scottish Government - Disclosure Scotland
Basic Disclosure Process