Frequent question: How do I remove my criminal record UK?

Can I clear my criminal record UK?

In the UK, the Police National Computer (PNC) stores all recordable offences. It remains there until the person becomes 100 years old. However, there is no formal way for a person to request deletion of court convictions. For some exceptional cases, you can clear caution and convictions on a criminal record.

Can I have my criminal record wiped?

Yes. If you are arrested and charged by the police but subsequently not convicted then you may apply for the deletion of your biometric data and PNC records if you have no previous convictions (for some minor offences the data will be automatically deleted).

Can a criminal conviction be removed?

There is no national or formal process in place for individuals to request the deletion of a court conviction. Where a police force receives a request from an individual to delete a conviction, our understanding is that the majority of police forces would refuse.

How do I get a conviction removed from my DBS?

For help with removing information from a DBS Certificate please contact the Disclosure and Barring Service on 0300 0200190 to raise a dispute within 3 months of your certificate being issued. Alternatively, you can contact Unlock or NACRO who both can give advice to individuals.

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How long do convictions stay on your DBS?

If over 18 at the time of the offence, a conviction will be filtered 11 years after the date of the conviction, and a caution 6 years after the date of the caution, provided that the applicant did not go to prison, has not committed any other offence and the offence was not of a violent or sexual nature.

How long does a criminal record last UK?

Since 2006, the police retain details of all recordable offences until you reach 100 years of age. Your conviction will always show on your police records but the conviction may not show on your criminal record check that is used for employment vetting purposes.

How long does it take for a criminal record to clear?

Although convictions and cautions stay on the Police National Computer until you reach 100 years old (they are not deleted before then), they don’t always have to be disclosed. Many people don’t know the details of their record and it’s important to get this right before disclosing to employers.

How can I clear my criminal record online?

You can apply for a criminal record pardon. Then, you can get your record taken off the internet. However, people normally have to wait for a few years to pass since the conviction. While expungement is certainly the best option, it’s not always possible.

Do police keep records of everything?

A police department keeps an arrest log that has the names and addresses of people arrested by police officers, where they were arrested and other details about the circumstances of the arrests and the people arrested. These logs generally are presumed to be public.

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Does criminal damage show on DBS?

Filtered cautions and convictions do not appear on a standard or enhanced DBS check. However, they are not ‘removed’ or ‘wiped’ from police records. If you’re applying for a job or role that involves a standard or enhanced DBS check, cautions and convictions that are filtered won’t be included on results of the check.