Apply online for Basic Disclosure


Please read the following instructions carefully before starting your application.

You can only apply online if your current address is in the UK. If your current address is outside the UK then please apply using the paper application form, more details of which are on the main website.


The on-line application will require completion of personal information and payment details. Information that must be supplied is indicated with an asterisk (*). The following details and documents are required to hand, if available:


Date of Birth

Please ensure you enter your Date of Birth in the following format (DD/MM/YYYY) e.g. 22/01/1978.

Correspondence Addresses

If you would like your Disclosure sent to a C/O address (e.g. employer's address), please enter the address details in the current address field, prefixed with C/O in the first address line and entering current date in the resident from field. Following on from this please complete your full five years' address history in chronological order.

You will need to provide 3 forms of identification to Disclosure Scotland; these must confirm your name, date of birth and current address. Images of these documents can be uploaded as part of this on-line application, however, this is an optional facility and documents can be sent by email, fax or post to Disclosure Scotland at the contact details below, quoting the 18-digit reference provided at the end of the online application process. Disclosure Scotland is unable to process your application until these supporting documents are received. Please do not post the original documents



Once you have supplied all the information, please read the declaration statement that is located at the foot of the main data entry page and click the declaration check box to confirm that you have read and understood this statement.

N.B. The application session will time-out after twenty minutes of inactivity, please ensure you have all the required information to hand prior to starting your application.

Once the input information has been successfully submitted, a payment page is displayed on which credit/debit card payment details are entered. Payment can only be made on-line via a credit/debit card. The fee for a Basic Disclosure is £25.00 and this is shown on card statements as “BT Disclosure Scotland”.

Once the application and payment are successfully completed, an acknowledgment page will be displayed confirming that the application has been accepted. This will provide an application reference number that should be provided on any subsequent communication with Disclosure Scotland regarding the application. This will also provide a receipt confirming payment details.


Disclosure Scotland Contact Details
Fax 0870 609 6996
Post Disclosure Scotland, Basic EHU, PO Box 250, Glasgow, G51 1YU


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If you are applying for a Basic Disclosure on behalf of an employee or potential employee, you must have the written, and freely provided, consent of the applicant that the basic disclosure certificate may be returned to the applicant, care of the organisation’s address. This consent must cover whether or not the applicant agrees that the applying organisation can inspect the certificate prior to the applicant seeing that content.


System Maintenance

24 February 2015

Due to system maintenance, Basic Disclosure Online (BDO) will not be available between 1800 and 1830 on 24/02/2015. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


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