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Access NI Check – Criminal Record Check in Northern Ireland

Types of Access NI


There is no registration, annual or quarterly or monthly fees nor any additional or hidden service charges by Access NI Checks; a friendly team is always on hand to help you through the entire application process. Find out more about the various different types including Basic, Standard and Enhanced checks or disclosures.



According to the regulations set out by the Access NI we are unable to provide Enhanced, Standard or Voluntary checks for individuals or self-employed. Access NI is NOT able to provide you with a Basic Access NI Check as you need to contact us directly.



A summary of the information disclosed with each level of check along with an explanation of some of the terms used. A number of terms are explained such as spent conviction, barred lists, disclosure certificates and Access NI searches to simplify Access NI.

Summary AccessNI Checks


We would like to simplify the complexities of Access NI and so the summary will help clarify the legal obligations and the type of check required relating to the nature of work. This is to help make sense of the various checks required. A summary of the information disclosed on each level of check is set out in a table along with an explanation of some of the terms used.



We can answer a number of standard questions that are frequently asked, such as When, Who and What is an AccessNI. So if you are not sure then the FAQs wil help clear your doubts. If the FAQs don’t answer your questions then contact us either by sending an email or calling.

volunteer accessni check


A volunteer is a person who performs an activity which involves spending time, unpaid (except for travelling and other approved out-of-pocket expenses), doing something which aims to benefit someone (individuals or groups) other than or in addition to any close relatives’. You must be able to satisfy these conditions to have a voluntary check. We carefully scrutinize every application and reserve the right to reject any form which doesn't meet the minimum criteria. If this is the case then the full cost would apply.

How It Works

Access NI checks carry out criminal history checks through Access NI as an Umbrella Body. We are able to provide checks upon request, to organisations such as care homes, schools, doctors, dentists, voluntary and public sector organisations. This is primarily to help make safer recruitment decisions. Some organisations are required by law to consider the suitability of applicants for certain positions or to ensure that they are not barred from working with vulnerable groups.

Once your criminal record check Application Form is completed and received by Access NI checks it will then be processed through the Disclosure System which includes carrying out searches on the Police National Computer (PNC), The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (NI) Order 2007, and Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Once the checks have been carried two certificates will be dispatched, one for the candidate and the other for the company registered, this will determine whether there are any criminal convictions on the applicants.


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AccessNI Checks
23 Pickford Road, Bexleyheath,
Kent, United Kingdom,