Disclosure Scotland was established in 2002 to provide criminal records checks under Part V of the Police Act 1997. It became an Executive Agency of the Scottish Government on 1 April 2009 operating on behalf of Scottish Ministers.

Their primary objective is to provide an accurate and responsive Disclosure service which enhances public safety through enabling safer recruitment decisions.

Disclosure Scotland issues certificates – known as ‘Disclosures’ (Basic Criminal Record Checks) – which give details of an individual’s criminal convictions, or state that they have none. Enhanced and PVG Scheme Disclosures, where appropriate, will also contain information held by police forces and other Government bodies.