Standard Criminal Record Certificate (often known as a ‘Standard disclosure’ or a ‘Standard check’)
Disclosure and Barring Service
For certain positions which are included in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. This includes when becoming approved by the Security Industry Authority and when applying to become a Solicitor or Barrister. Click here for more information.
What it contains
Convictions, both unspent and spent, held on the PNC which are not eligible for filtering. For each conviction, it includes the date of conviction, the court, the offence committed, the date of offence and the sentence/disposal.
How to apply
By post or online via a Registered Body
Who can apply for it
A Registered Body or an employer (using a Registered Body acting as an Umbrella Body) with your consent
Contact details for Umbrella Bodies.
£26 (free to volunteers). There is often a charge by an Umbrella Body to undertake the check on behalf of an employer, if the employer is not a Registered Body.
How long it takes
Approximately 10 working days
Where it is sent
Link to anonymous example
How to correct inaccurate information
- If you need to correct inaccurate personal information, such as your name, date of birth or address, you need to raise a data entry dispute. More details are available on the DBS website.
- However, if your conviction details are incorrect or inaccurate, you need to raise a data source dispute. This can be done online (you complete the form electronically, print and submit it by post). Alternatively, you can request a disputes form by post by calling 0870 9090 811
A standard certificate will contain all of the information that is contained in an enhanced certificate, except for relevant local police information that can be disclosed on enhanced certificates.
 Use of the word ‘convictions’ in this case refers to convictions, cautions, warnings and final reprimands. It does not include fixed penalty notices, penalty notices for disorder, or any other police or other out-of-court disposal