A dedicated umbrella body for Criminal Record Checks (CRBs) throughout the United Kingdom


Three levels of Disclosure are available through Access NI. These are: Basic, Standard or Enhanced. First Standard is able to assist you with each level.

Basic Disclosure
The Basic Disclosure Certificate will show details of all convictions considered to be unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Northern Ireland) Order 1978, or state that no such convictions were found.

Anyone may apply for a Basic Disclosure by
•completing the Application Form (PDF 214 KB),
•having the PSNI validate their identity and
•by paying the required fee to AccessNI.

An applicant may be asked by their employer to apply for a Basic Disclosure as part of the recruitment process.

Applicants may ask AccessNI to send their Disclosure Certificate to their potential employer and this can be done by completing the relevant section on the Disclosure Certificate Application Form.

Applicants residing outside Northern Ireland may contact First Standard to discuss identification validation for Basic Checks.

Standard Disclosure
1. Where an individual is applying to work in certain occupations, for example:
Individuals applying for licences for the Security Industry Authority, to work as a Barrister, Solicitor or other Judicial appointments; for employment in the Northern Ireland Court Service; or as an Actuary
2. The Disclosure will reveal any spent and unspent criminal convictions and cautions.  It will not reveal details of cases pending
3. Applications have to be countersigned by a Registered Body
4. Both the Registered Body and the Candidate receive copies of the Disclosure Certificate

Enhanced Disclosure
1. Enhanced Disclosures are used mainly for positions that involve contact with children or vulnerable adults.
2. An Enhanced Disclosure contains all of the information in the Standard Disclosure plus other relevant information held in police records. It also clearly indicates whether the applicant is on the ISA’s Children’s list or Vulnerable Adults list and therefore is barred from working with those groups.
3. Relevant information in police records can include information about attempted prosecutions that were unsuccessful or behaviour that might be indicative of criminal activity.
4. Applications must be countersigned by a Registered Body
5. Both the Registered Body and the Candidate receive copies of the Disclosure Certificate