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AccessNI application forms

When you apply for certain jobs or some voluntary positions, you may be asked for an AccessNI check. This is a check which searches police records for your criminal history.  You can apply and pay for your own basic check. Only certain employers can obtain standard and enhanced checks. There is an application form and a fee for each check.

The fee for an enhanced Access NI check will increase from £30 to £33 with effect from 1 December 2014. The cost of a basic or standard check remains at £26

Guidance for completing or amending AccessNI forms

Who applies for an AccessNI check?

You can apply for a basic check which will disclose your unspent convictions. There are certain positions where employers are required or are entitled to ask for information about your spent convictions.

Depending on the job or voluntary role, the employer can or must apply for a standard or enhanced check. These checks disclose any cautions, spent and unspent convictions. An enhanced check can include non-conviction information and search the barred lists.

To apply for standard or enhanced checks an employer must be a registered body with AccessNI, or use an umbrella body.

Applying for an AccessNI basic check

If you need to arrange your own basic check, you must:

  • download and complete an AccessNI application form
  • visit a police station where a police officer can verify your home address and identity on the application form
  • send the form with £26 fee to AccessNI

If your employer is organising and paying for your basic check, they will give you an AccessNI form to complete and return to them. They will send the form with £26 fee to AccessNI. In some circumstances, AccessNI can invoice the employer once the check is completed.

If you’re self employed, you can obtain a basic check. When AccessNI completes the check, they will send you a basic disclosure certificate.  

Applying for an AccessNI standard or enhanced check

If you’re self employed, you cannot obtain a standard or enhanced check. Only registered bodies can submit applications for these checks.

When you need a standard or enhanced check for a job or voluntary role, your employer will do this as a registered body or use an umbrella body.

For standard and enhanced checks, AccessNI charges on account.

If your employer is a registered body, they will:

  • give you an AccessNI standard/enhanced application form and indicate the sections you must complete
  • check your information is accurate on your completed application form
  • confirm your identity by verifying your name, date of birth and current address on your original documents
  • countersign the form as a registered body
  • send the completed form to AccessNI

If your employer uses an umbrella body, the umbrella body will:

  • give you an AccessNI standard/enhanced application form and indicate the sections you must complete
  • check your information is accurate on your completed application form
  • confirm your identity by verifying your name, date of birth and current address – you will need to provide copies of identity documentation against which these checks can be made
  • countersign the form as an umbrella body
  • send the completed form to AccessNI

When AccessNI completes the check, they will send you and your employer a disclosure certificate.

Becoming an AccessNI registered body

Employers can apply to become a registered body if they meet all AccessNI’s conditions of registration.

Forms for checking ID

Continuation forms for names history and addresses

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