01 June 2012

People applying for criminal records checks will be put through tougher identity checks from 28 May 2012.

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) is strengthening checks so that it is harder for people with a criminal record to hide convictions by changing their identity to hide their past. From 28 May 2012, the CRB is reducing the number of documents accepted for identity verification. Applicants will now be required to produce documents that involve undergoing tighter checks with the document issuer, such as a passport or driver's licence.

The new ID checking process requires applicants to produce three ID documents from the new reduced list. If they cannot, they will be required to undergo further checks. Plans for these further checks are now being finalised. Details of how they will work will be sent to the relevant organisations shortly.


Registered Bodies will have until the 31 August 2012 to phase in the new ID checking guidelines. CRB will provide all the support and advice they need in order to bring this into effect.

Read the full press release from the Home Office