Apply online for a basic check

An individual can apply online for a basic check. You need an nidirect account to apply online. A basic check application costs £26.00. Basic checks are not suitable for roles working with children or vulnerable adults. If you apply for the incorrect level of check and the certificate has been processed, a refund cannot be made by AccessNI.

Before you start

When you create your nidirect account, you’ll receive a confirmation email immediately. Once you activate your account, you can log in and apply for a basic check. You’ll need:

  • your home addresses for the last five years
  • your National Insurance number
  • three different types of ID (one must be photographic)
  • a valid debit or credit card

Proof of identity

You must send proof of your identity to AccessNI within 14 days. Without this proof,  AccessNI won't process your application for a basic check and you'll need to reapply. 

AccessNI account

If you created an AccessNI account before 17 July 2018, you can no longer use this to apply for a check. You must create an nidirect account and log in to apply. You can link your AccessNI account to your nidirect account. Log in to your nidirect account and follow the instructions for linking accounts. 

You can create an account through the green button below.

Privacy notice

To find out how personal information you send to AccessNI will be handled when using this service, go to:  

Before proceeding with an application please ensure that you have read and understand the details above. If you have already created an AcccessNI account before 17 July 2018 you must now create an nidirect account using the button below.

Create or log in to an AccessNI account or apply for a basic check

Additional information

To track your application’s progress, log in to your AccessNI account.

Disclosure certificate

If you have no criminal history to disclose, you’ll receive a digital disclosure certificate. You can view the certificate from your nidirect account.  If the check discloses criminal history or you requested a paper copy, you’ll receive a printed certificate by post.

To send a copy of your digital certificate to an employer, select the share button on your nidirect account and include the appropriate email address.  When you share your disclosure certificate with someone, it will only be visible to them for three days.

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