Criminal Record Checks are essential for businesses to ensure that the person being hired for a role is being honest about their history. For example, if you are hiring a new car salesman for your dealership, it would be essential to know if they have a history of car theft.

Jump to…

  1. What is a Criminal Record Check?
  2. How Was The Criminal Record Check Issued?
  3. When Criminal Record Checks Should be Notarised and Apostilled
  4. Process to Notarise and Apostille a Criminal Record Check

What is a Criminal Record Check?

In this context, a Criminal Record Check is a way for employers to ensure the candidate being considered for a role in their business does not have a criminal history. It is a standard part of the vetting process. This is essential for businesses to protect their reputation, assets and profits.

Individuals can also have their Criminal Record Checks notarised when they are in the job market and looking for permanent job placement, to speed up the employment process. 

Criminal Record Checks are often also referred to as background checks, certificates of good conduct or obtaining a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) as they all essentially serve the same purpose.

How Was The Criminal Record Check Issued?

You should begin by ensuring you get all the necessary information in the Criminal Record Check. The required information will determine who you can go about getting it from. It will usually be one of the following:

  • ACPO – Association of Chief Police Officers
  • ACRO – Criminal Records Office
  • NPCC – The National Police Chiefs’ Council’s
  • DBS – The Disclosure and Barring Service
  • Directly from a Police Department

Many businesses insist on requesting a Criminal Record Check when they have received the necessary identification verification documents from the potential candidate. Other times the company may request that the individual goes about requesting a Criminal Record Check on their own. 

It is fair to assume that in the majority of cases where it is the individual’s responsibility to procure a Criminal Record Check, it should be notarised and/or apostilled for verified validity.

When Criminal Record Checks Should be Notarised and Apostilled

In cases where the company insists on attaining the Criminal Record Check themselves, it is unlikely that they will require you to have it notarised or apostilled. However, this could be useful to have in cases where you may be using this document when applying for multiple positions at different companies.

When applying for a job overseas, it is advised that you have your Criminal Record Check Apostilled. This is also the case when undergoing an adoption in a different country or when attending an institute overseas like a school or university.

Learn more about adoption document requirements on our Adoption Document page.

So, what is an apostilled criminal record check or police clearance certificate? In the simplest terms, it is verification that the document is valid and has gone through all of the necessary steps to be considered accurate in its country of origin and apostilled for the same status overseas.

Process to Notarise and Apostille a Criminal Record Check

Our professional notaries will advise on what exactly will be necessary for each undertaking, whether you need notary or apostille services.

Often documents and copies thereof will need to be notarised and apostilled. We provide both at NOTARYCOUK through our same-day service. We know it may be confusing, or even overwhelming, but get in touch and we will answer any questions you may have concerning official criminal record check notarisations.

Get in touch

Attach a file

Allowed file formats are .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .pdf, .doc, .docx
(max. file size is 2mb)