Criminal Record Checks

Within the UK

There are two bodies providing Disclosure certificates, the CRB and the Scottish CRB which despite the names provide certificates with data from the same sources. The difference lies in the type of certificate they will provide. At present for most applicants who will qualify only for a basic disclosure the Scottish CRB is the only option.

European Background can obtain certificates through their online system with a turnaround of 18 days currently. The time taken varies( 4-23 days in 2008). The certificate lists all convictions that are not regarded as spent. An example can be found here.