AccessNI criminal records checks


An AccessNI check provides details of an individual's criminal record and, for certain jobs, relevant police information and/or information held by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to help you recruit suitable staff.

The check (known as the certificate) is sent to the applicant only.

Employers who countersign and submit applications online will be able, through the case tracking system, where they have submitted an application online, to find out when certificates have been issued by AccessNI and to determine if there is no information recorded in the certificate. 

Where information is disclosed in the check, you will have to contact the applicant and ask them to provide you with a copy of this if they wish to continue with the recruitment process.

This guide explains what types of AccessNI checks are available, details about the application process and whether to register your organisation with AccessNI or use a registered umbrella organisation to access the service.

There is also guidance on employing someone with a criminal record and making referrals to the DBS.