Request information about yourself or someone else
Find out below how to request information the police hold on you.
You can also request details of your criminal history, whether it’s for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, visa applications or family court proceedings. If we can’t provide the information you need, we’ll point you to somewhere that can.
Where to request information
You can ask for information about yourself from both the Criminal Records Office (ACRO) and a local police force depending on what information you're looking for.
Both services are free.
You can ask ACRO for information about information held on the Police National Computer (PNC) which includes details of arrests, cautions and convictions.
You can ask the police for any other information held on you.
Note: To request information about an incident, you must apply to the police force where it took place. This might mean that you will have to apply to more than one police force.
From the police: You need to submit a right of access/subject access request.
There are several ways of making a subject access request; by telephone, by email, by post, through this website using a downloadable form or in person.
However you make a request, it must include:
your full name
your date of birth
a clear description of the specific information you want us to send you
We'll need to confirm your identity. We'll ask you to provide scans, photos or photocopies of official documents which between them confirm your full name, date of birth and your current address.
Exactly how to apply depends on which police force you are applying to. These instructions are for applications to us. For applications to a different police force, please visit their website for instructions.
Step 2: Print and complete the form and either scan it and email it to us or post it (email/postal address in the form) along with scans or photocopies of the relevant ID documents (details in the form).
We'll process your request and get back in touch with you.
You'll find details in the form of who to contact if you need help completing the form. Our offices are open Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 5pm, and Friday, 8.30am to 4pm.
Please note: it's against the law for an employer, or potential employer, to ask you to perform a right of access request as part of a vetting process.