A Basic Disclosure Certificate confirms details of any current unspent criminal convictions committed within the UK. Unspent convictions must be declared by law, and a Basic Disclosure Certificate shows prospective employers or organisations this information.
The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act
Under the 1974 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, criminal convictions are classed as ‘spent’ or ‘unspent’.
Spent convictions are not relevant to a basic DBS check after a specified amount of time, because only unspent convictions are detailed.
The Act was intended to clarify an individual’s convictions, enabling them to not disclose spent convictions when applying for jobs.
Information stated on a Certificate
A Basic Disclosure Certificate can be applied for individually, and for any reason, through the government website, and basic DBS checks can be arranged at Carecheck.
These certificates are most useful when applying for jobs.
You can apply yourself for a certificate for reasons such as voluntary work, employment applications and airport security passes.
A Basic Disclosure Certificate states the individual’s date of birth, their name, address, the date of issuance and any unspent convictions relating to the individual.
When applying for the certificate, like any basic DBS check, ensure you enter your name exactly as it needs to be presented on the certificate. Be sure to include any middle names, as this cannot be changed later in the application process.
The Basic Disclosure Certificate will reflect your conviction record as of the time of application. There is no set expiration or time period that this certificate lasts for.
If you already have a certificate and submit an application for a new job, it is the responsibility of the organisation whether they accept your current certificate or require a new one.
The standard price of a Basic Disclosure Certificate is £25. You will be prompted to pay when applying for the certificate, with payment accepted by debit or credit card.
Certificate waiting time
The waiting time for Basic Disclosure Certificates vary, but around 90% are dispatched within 14 days.
You will most likely receive your own certificate within this period. However, if further information is required, or mistakes are made in the application, then this can delay your certificate’s arrival.