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United Kingdom

Local Time
   
Capital
 London 
Language
 English 
Currency
 £ 
Time Zone
 UTC +0 
Population
 63,181,775 
Internet TLD
 .uk 
Area
 243,610 km² 
Calling Code
 +44 
 

United Kingdom Background Checks

 
Individual Records Searches PriceAverage Turnaround Order Sample

United Kingdom Nationwide Criminal Database Search 

$75  3-5 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Name, date of birth, city, release

This search provides comprehensive information on public record criminal cases of a more serious nature. The search is conducted through a nationwide criminal repository containing information from publicly available UK court sources, local media sources, regulatory and sanction sources.

UK Basic Disclosure Search - Police Certificate 

$120  12-16 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Name, date of birth, special Basic Disclosure release form including 5 years of address history, mother's maiden name, place of birth, copy of photo ID, copy of proof of current address document

The United Kingdom Basic Disclosure is a nationwide criminal search covering England, Scotland, and Wales that provides information on all unspent convictions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA). Basic Disclosures are available to anyone in the UK.

There are three levels of disclosure however at this time CRS checks only offers the Basic Disclosure through Disclosure Scotland. The report of the Basic Disclosure includes the nature of the offence, date, location of the court, and the punishment imposed.

There is a specific form that must be completed by the applicant. In order for this search to be performed we must also have the following information:

United Kingdom Civil Records Search 

$99  3-8 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Name, date of birth, address, release

This search is conducted at the local level through county court judgments. Report may include case type, file date, case number, name of court where case was filed, plaintiff, defendant and disposition if a case can be located.

United Kingdom Bankruptcy Records Search 

$99  1-2 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Name, date of birth, address, release

This search is conducted at the nationwide level through the UK National Credit Database. Records of bankruptcy in the UK typically remain on register for five years from the date of filing. If a bankruptcy has been discharged it will remain on register for three months after the discharge date. If there is no automatic discharge or the discharge has been suspended the search period will be longer.

Education Degree Verification in United Kingdom 

$69  7-14 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Name, date of birth, school name, degree, major, dates of attendance, city of school, release form

A subject inflating their educational accomplishments is one of the most common occurrences found on an subject 's resume or application. CRS checks processes Education Verifications by contacting educational institutions directly to verify degrees or certifications earned. We verify dates of attendance, graduation date and degree information.

Employment Verification in United Kingdom 

$69  7-14 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Name, date of birth, employer name and contact information, dates of employment, position held, release form

Past employment verification is recommended for all employees. It is approximated that 40% of all resumes and employment applications contain falsified information. Our standard Employment Verification reports the employer's name, subject's title, dates of employment, whether they are eligible for rehire, and we ask for additional comments.

Professional Reference Check in United Kingdom 

$69  7-14 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Subject name and date of birth, reference's relationship, contact name and contact information (including phone number and email address)

Our experienced research staff completes Personal Reference checks by interviewing a subject 's former or current colleagues. Our researchers will provide a comprehensive overview of a person's characteristics.

Background Check packages 

$180  7-14 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Name, date of birth, city, school name, degree obtained, dates of attendance, city of school, employer name and contact information, dates of employment, position and release form

The background check package provides discounted pricing rather than ordering individual products. The package Includes:

  • -Criminal Background Check
  • -Highest Degree Verification
  • -One Employment Verification

Motor Vehicle Records 

$75  2-3 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Name, date of birth, address, ID (passport or UK driver's license), release

The UK Motor Vehicle Records check confirms the validity of the license documentation and endorsements.

Credit Report 

$75  1-2 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Name, date of birth, address, ID (passport or UK driver's license), release

The Individual Credit Report will include information on adverse credit, directors, bankruptcies, judgments and information from the PEP database. The report will also include an ID verification which is helpful in verifying the individual's address and ID number.

United Kingdom Id Check 

$49  1-2 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Name, date of birth, address, ID (passport or UK driver's license), release

The ID Check is conducted through the UK National Credit Database. It will confirm the address and ID provided by the applicant. The check will also provide information on individuals linked to the address and can be used to ensure that a false ID or address is not being used.

Global Search 

$59  1-2 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Name, date of birth, address

Global Search aggregates worldwide information sourced from government records, public records, news media publications, sanction and embargo lists and debarred and banned parties' lists to search for criminality information in over 240 countries and territories.

Criminal and Civil Search Package 

$150  3-8 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Name (including former name), dob, address, release

The Criminal and Civil Search Package offers discounted pricing of our most popular searches. This bundle includes one criminal records search and one civil records search, based on the jurisdiction of the address provided.

Civil and Bankruptcy Search Package 

$170  3-8 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Name (including former name), dob, address, release

The Civil and Bankruptcy Search Package offers discounted pricing of our most popular due diligence searches. This bundle includes one civil records search and one bankruptcy records search, based on the jurisdiction of the address provided.

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United Kingdom Business Credit Report 

$110  1-2 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Company name, address

The United Kingdom Business Credit Report will provide you with valuable information on the company’s financial standing. Information on collections, payment histories, legal suits, judgments and bankruptcies may be listed on the report.

United Kingdom Business Civil Records Check 

$99  3-8 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Company name, address

This search is conducted at the local level through county court judgments. Report may include file date, case number, name of court where case was filed and case status if a bankruptcy case can be located.

United Kingdom Business Bankruptcy Records Search 

$145  7-12 days  International Criminal Search Sample Report

Requirements: Company name, address

This search is conducted through the local courts. Report may include file date, case number, name of court where case was filed and case status if a bankruptcy case can be located.

 

United Kingdom Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974


The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA) applies to England, Scotland and Wales. The Act allows certain convictions to become "spent" if the sentence involved 30 months of imprisonment or less and the rehabilitation period was completed successfully. It is important to note that under this Act any adult or youth conditional caution will be spent after 3 months has passed and that final warnings, simple cautions and reprimands become spent immediately. A conviction is "unspent" if the sentence included more than 30 months of imprisonment or if the rehabilitation period was not completed successfully.

 

United Kingdom basic disclosure


The Basic Disclosure is a criminal check covering England, Scotland, and Wales that provides information on all unspent convictions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA). The ROA protects people who have committed a criminal offense but have not re-offended since.  After the first offense, there is a “Rehabilitation Period”. If the person does not re-offend during this period their conviction becomes ‘spent’. If the person has another criminal offense within this time frame, or if the original sentence is more than 2.5 years in prison, the conviction is ‘unspent’ indefinitely.  How long an “unspent” conviction can be reported is determined by the ROA.

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) in the UK retains all criminal data. Registered and approved agencies are used by the CRB to provide access to the various disclosures.

Basic Disclosure

Standard Disclosure – Available for individuals who are involved in the administration of law, individuals applying for firearms or explosives licenses and individuals involved in the provision of care services. The Standard Disclosure provides information on both unspent and spent convictions as well as cautions.

Enhanced Disclosure – Available for individuals involved in adoption or individuals applying for various gaming and lottery licenses. This disclosure covers both spent and unspent convictions, cautions, inclusion on children's or adult's lists and other information held by police forces and government bodies.

 

United Kingdom Criminal Records through the Court


Court searches are generally not available in the UK. Courts typically do not share information with employers or other third parties. In the UK, the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) holds all of the criminal data. The completed form and the fee will need to be sent to the Data Protection Officer in the area that you live in. The police will send the completed form to Scotland Yard. You can expect the results to be sent back to you in about 40 days.

 

United Kingdom Police Certificates


If you would like to obtain a police certificate on yourself to be used for immigration purposes, visit your local police station in the UK and request a Subject Access form. The completed form will need to be sent with the required fee to the Data Protection Officer at your local police station. The police will then send your application to the Scotland Yard and you should receive results back via post mail within 40 business days.

 

United Kingdom Privacy Laws & Regulations


The UK is one of the twenty-seven member countries in the European Union (EU). The EU setup a Data Directive that seeks to provide framework regarding how and when information can be collected on individuals. The Directive outlines seven quality principles and some additional criteria that must be met to legally obtain information on individuals in the UK. The seven quality principles include:

  • Fairness - Data must be obtained fairly and lawfully.
  • Specific purpose - Data must be processed, collected and stored for a specific, explicit and legitimate purpose.
  • Restricted - Data that is collected on the individual must be adequate and relevant to the purpose.
  • Accurate - Data that is being collected should be accurate and up-to-date. Any errors to the information must be corrected.
  • Destroyed when obsolete - Once you are finished with the data that was collect is should be destroyed.
  • Security - Data that is collected must be kept securely.
  • Automated Processing - You cannot make a decision solely on reviewing the information using an automated process.
  • Example: scanning a resume for keywords.

In order to legally obtain information on an individual the above principles must be met. In addition, you need have the individuals consent prior to obtaining information on them.  The individual then has the right to see what information was collected on them and for what specific purpose.

When conducting background checks on individuals according to the quality principles, keep in mind that credit checks are usually not considered relevant to an employment decision. Other information on an individual such as sexual orientation and other facts that make up a person's general reputation are also not considered relevant.

Data Protection restrictions are in place for countries within the European Union (EU) that do not allow for the transfer of data to countries outside of the European Union. Due to this restriction the Safe Harbor was created. When a company becomes Safe Harbor certified they agree and certify that they will meet the privacy and data protection requirements set forth by the Safe Harbor Directive. CRS checks is Safe Harbor certified, which allows us to obtain information from the EU.

 

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United Kingdom Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974


The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA) applies to England, Scotland and Wales. The Act allows certain convictions to become "spent" if the sentence involved 30 months of imprisonment or less and the rehabilitation period was completed successfully. It is important to note that under this Act any adult or youth conditional caution will be spent after 3 months has passed and that final warnings, simple cautions and reprimands become spent immediately. A conviction is "unspent" if the sentence included more than 30 months of imprisonment or if the rehabilitation period was not completed successfully.

 

United Kingdom basic disclosure


The Basic Disclosure is a criminal check covering England, Scotland, and Wales that provides information on all unspent convictions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA). The ROA protects people who have committed a criminal offense but have not re-offended since.  After the first offense, there is a “Rehabilitation Period”. If the person does not re-offend during this period their conviction becomes ‘spent’. If the person has another criminal offense within this time frame, or if the original sentence is more than 2.5 years in prison, the conviction is ‘unspent’ indefinitely.  How long an “unspent” conviction can be reported is determined by the ROA.

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) in the UK retains all criminal data. Registered and approved agencies are used by the CRB to provide access to the various disclosures.

Basic Disclosure

Standard Disclosure – Available for individuals who are involved in the administration of law, individuals applying for firearms or explosives licenses and individuals involved in the provision of care services. The Standard Disclosure provides information on both unspent and spent convictions as well as cautions.

Enhanced Disclosure – Available for individuals involved in adoption or individuals applying for various gaming and lottery licenses. This disclosure covers both spent and unspent convictions, cautions, inclusion on children's or adult's lists and other information held by police forces and government bodies.

 

United Kingdom Criminal Records through the Court


Court searches are generally not available in the UK. Courts typically do not share information with employers or other third parties. In the UK, the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) holds all of the criminal data. The completed form and the fee will need to be sent to the Data Protection Officer in the area that you live in. The police will send the completed form to Scotland Yard. You can expect the results to be sent back to you in about 40 days.

 

United Kingdom Police Certificates


If you would like to obtain a police certificate on yourself to be used for immigration purposes, visit your local police station in the UK and request a Subject Access form. The completed form will need to be sent with the required fee to the Data Protection Officer at your local police station. The police will then send your application to the Scotland Yard and you should receive results back via post mail within 40 business days.

 

United Kingdom Privacy Laws & Regulations


The UK is one of the twenty-seven member countries in the European Union (EU). The EU setup a Data Directive that seeks to provide framework regarding how and when information can be collected on individuals. The Directive outlines seven quality principles and some additional criteria that must be met to legally obtain information on individuals in the UK. The seven quality principles include:

  • Fairness - Data must be obtained fairly and lawfully.
  • Specific purpose - Data must be processed, collected and stored for a specific, explicit and legitimate purpose.
  • Restricted - Data that is collected on the individual must be adequate and relevant to the purpose.
  • Accurate - Data that is being collected should be accurate and up-to-date. Any errors to the information must be corrected.
  • Destroyed when obsolete - Once you are finished with the data that was collect is should be destroyed.
  • Security - Data that is collected must be kept securely.
  • Automated Processing - You cannot make a decision solely on reviewing the information using an automated process.
  • Example: scanning a resume for keywords.

In order to legally obtain information on an individual the above principles must be met. In addition, you need have the individuals consent prior to obtaining information on them.  The individual then has the right to see what information was collected on them and for what specific purpose.

When conducting background checks on individuals according to the quality principles, keep in mind that credit checks are usually not considered relevant to an employment decision. Other information on an individual such as sexual orientation and other facts that make up a person's general reputation are also not considered relevant.

Data Protection restrictions are in place for countries within the European Union (EU) that do not allow for the transfer of data to countries outside of the European Union. Due to this restriction the Safe Harbor was created. When a company becomes Safe Harbor certified they agree and certify that they will meet the privacy and data protection requirements set forth by the Safe Harbor Directive. CRS checks is Safe Harbor certified, which allows us to obtain information from the EU.

 

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