If your UK employer has asked you to provide a copy of your criminal record – or proof that you don’t have one – apply to Disclosure Scotland via Disclosure Scotland or 0870 609 6006. Disclosure Scotland offer a basic disclosure online (subject to certain conditions) or by post. This document will contain details of convictions held in central police records which are ‘unspent’ according to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 or will state that there are no such convictions and is suitable for the purpose of employment. Responses take about two weeks from receipt of application and payment.
Individuals requiring Police Certificates for the purpose of applications for emigration, visas or residency for a number of countries including, but not limited to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States of America should download an application form via the NPCC ACRO Criminal Records Office. It is your responsibility to confirm with the relevant Embassy, High Commission or requesting authority that a Police Certificate will be acceptable.
Please note that this certificate is processed entirely by the NPCC ACRO Criminal Records Office and applications should be returned to them. All submissions and enquiries relating to this process should be directed to ACRO, who can be contacted as follows:
Telephone: 0845 601 3999 (International callers: 0044 1962 871 111) during their office hours of 08:30 - 23:00 GMT, Monday - Friday.