UK & overseas criminal record checks

Our comprehensive UK & overseas criminal record check service provides a more efficient and cost-effective way to undertake criminal record checks for UK and overseas applicants. As the UK’s largest criminal record check provider, processing over 650,000 applications every year, First Advantage offers all levels of UK DBS criminal checks (basic, standard, and enhanced, inc NI). In addition, we provide overseas criminal record checks for those who have lived or travelled abroad.

First Advantage’s digital identity services support identity checking requirements as part of the DBS process. We also provide access to the UK’s national Post Office branch network, for applicants who would prefer to visit a physical location to verify their ID.

Application processes can vary significantly, both in the UK and between other countries. However, whether applicants are working in regulated activity or providing delivery services, First Advantage’s technology and team of specialists help to support employers in choosing the right check for the right roles and country requirements.

What is it?

Our UK and overseas criminal record checks search both local and national jurisdictions for the criminal record history of the applicant. Records may be made available via a national criminal database held by police or justice services, or may involve court record checks.

What do I get?

When utilising our UK & overseas criminal record check service you'll receive a full, easy to navigate audit trail of a applicant's criminal record check history, including timelines. Depending on local country processes, data returned may include confirmation of a clear criminal record with associated 'clearance certificate', or confirmation of criminal record outcomes.

What do I get?

When utilising our UK & Overseas Criminal Record Check service you'll receive a full, easy to navigate audit trail of a applicant's criminal record check history, including timelines. Depending on local country processes, data returned may include confirmation of a clear criminal record with associated 'clearance certificate', or confirmation of criminal record outcomes.

What are the benefits?

Leveraging technology to drive your UK and overseas criminal record check process vastly reduces turnaround times by providing indicative results quickly. This enables employers to make recruitment decisions faster, whilst supporting wider safeguarding protocols. Employers have options to deliver both self service and online payment facilities to their applicants. In addition, as a founding member of the Criminal Records Trade Body (CRTB), First Advantage will keep you informed of the latest market developments.

Contact us

To find out more about our criminal record checks, get in touch with our expert team.