The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) is strengthening checks so that it is harder for people with a criminal record to hide convictions by changing their identity to hide their past.
The CRB is reducing the number of documents accepted for identity verification. Applicants will now be required to produce documents that involve undergoing tighter checks with the document issuer, such as a passport or driver’s licence.
The new ID checking process requires applicants to produce three ID documents from a new reduced list. If they cannot, they will be required to undergo further checks.Registered Bodies will have until the 31 August 2012 to phase in the new ID checking guidelines. A transitional period for introducing these changes, runs parallel with the existing guidance to Registered Bodies until 31 August 2012, when the existing guidance will cease.