Apply online for a basic check through a responsible body

You need an nidirect account to apply online for a basic check. You can only apply if the organisation that asked you for the check gave you a personal identification number (PIN). Your application must be approved by the AccessNI-responsible body before being submitted to AccessNI for processing.

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:

  • PIN given to you by the organisation that asked you for a basic check
  • your home addresses for the last five years
  • your National Insurance number
  • your driving licence and passport numbers (if you have these documents)

AccessNI account

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.

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 email address.  When you share your disclosure certificate with someone, it's only visible to them for three days.

Privacy notice

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


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

Additional information

When you apply online for a basic check, you’ll get an email confirming the responsible body received your application for approval. When your application is approved, AccessNI will process it.

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

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