Apply online for a basic check
AccessNI criminal record checks are for people living or working in Northern Ireland. An individual can apply online for a basic check. You need an nidirect account to apply online. A basic check application costs £18.00.
This online service may be unavailable at times between 9.00 am and 1.00 pm on Saturday 10 December due to essential maintenance. Apologies for any inconvenience.
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
- a valid debit or credit card
Proof of identity
You must send proof of your identity to AccessNI within seven days. Without this proof, AccessNI won't process your application for a basic check and you'll need to reapply.
If you created an AccessNI account before 17 July 2018, you can't 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.
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 their email address. When you share your disclosure certificate with someone, it will only be visible to them for three days.
To find out how personal information you send to AccessNI will be handled when using this service, go to:
To track your application’s progress, log in to your nidirect account.
Criminal record checks for England, Scotland and Wales
To get a criminal record check for working or volunteering in England and Wales, contact:
To get a criminal record check for working or volunteering in Scotland, contact:
To find out how accessible the nidirect AccessNI service is and what is being done to improve accessibility, see accessibility statement for AccessNI.