Criminal Background Checks

Criminal Background Checks

What is a Criminal Background Check? 

The UK Criminal Records Office, ACRO, is the official UK government agency tasked with checking up on the police records of individuals. 

Once these checks have been completed, they will supply you with a certificate, listing any past convictions you have. It will state ‘no trace’ if you have none. 

When you need a Criminal Background check

You will likely need a criminal background check if you are applying to live or work abroad as a part of your visa application, or if you choose a job that involves working with children. A successful check will satisfy governmental authorities that an individual is of ‘good character’.

Governments require this information so they can monitor who is entering their country. If you have a criminal record, your visa application could be negatively impacted or even denied.

How do I apply for an ACRO certificate? 

The process of applying for and using an ACRO check, begins in an online, or postal, application to the UK Criminal Records Office. 

The application requires:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of address
  • Passport style photographs

(If they are applying by post, the applicant must send only scans or photocopies of identity documents.)

Then, the ACRO office will process the application and send the police certificate to the home address supplied. The certificate mentions the applicant’s name(s), date of birth, gender, passport details, photograph, address, and details of any legal convictions.

Why you need a Notary Public

The ACRO certificate will require attestation by a Notary Public – or other authorised person – before it can be submitted in support of a foreign visa application. 

Attestation is the process by which a notary adds their signature and seal to a document, these are to prove you are who you say you are and that your ACRO document is legitimate.

Once this is done, it can be certified by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). This process is known as legalisation. Depending on the country you are going to, you will either need to go through consular legalisation, or get an apostille. We can help you with both processes.

If you require the assistance of our Notary Public of England and Wales, Nathan Woodcock, regarding criminal background checks, get in touch today. 

The best way to contact us is by phone Monday to Friday 9-5. 

Or, you can enquire using our form.

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