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AccessNI cost and turnaround times

The cost of an AccessNI check and the time taken to search criminal records and give a disclosure certificate varies depending on the level of check requested. Each week AccessNI updates delivery times for all levels of check and indicates approximate turnaround times for certificates.

What an AccessNI check costs

AccessNI charges a fee for each criminal record check:

Basic £26
Standard £26
Enhanced £33

The person requiring the check usually pays but some employers pay for AccessNI checks.


If you’re a volunteer in a role which requires a standard or enhanced check, AccessNI will provide the check free to a volunteer who:

“ their time in a position in a non-profit organisation, free of charge, doing something for the good of the community or a voluntary group, for which they may get travelling and other out-of-pocket expenses, and which is not for their own benefit or for the benefit of a close relative.”

AccessNI charges for a standard or enhanced check if:

  • you are volunteering directly for a statutory organisation
  • you are volunteering for a non-profit organisation in a position which delivers statutory services under contract or in a specific project, where that organisation receives government funding to pay for volunteers’ checks

A statutory organisation is an agency established by government. A not-for-profit organisation is a non-governmental body which does not distribute its surplus funds to owners or shareholders.

Timetable for obtaining an AccessNI disclosure certificate

A disclosure certificate gives an individual's criminal history information. The table below shows the latest times for processing disclosures. This is the average turnaround time for certificates. Some may take longer. All days are calendar days.

Week commencing 05 October 2015

AccessNI check Date application was received Processing target Average time to issue certificate
Basic 02 October 2015 95 per cent within 14 days 3 days
Standard 30 September 2015 95 per cent within 14 days 5 day

02 October 2015 for online applications

01 October 2015 for paper applications

70 per cent within 14 days

3 days for online applications

4 days for paper applications

Complaining about AccessNI's service

If you want to complain about the time taken to process your check, you can complain to AccessNI.

If you believe information is inaccurate on your basic, standard or enhanced certificate, you need to tell AccessNI and raise your concern as a dispute.

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