GTC Scotland

The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Criminal Record Check

Who requires a criminal record check?

We require a criminal record check from the following applicants:

  • those who have spent three months or more (in a single period) in a non-UK country in the last ten years;
  • those who were born and have lived overseas until adulthood.

If this applies to you, please obtain an official statement confirming you do not have any criminal record proceedings pending. This statement should be submitted at the time of application.

The criminal record check should cover the entire country, not just one state or province. For example, we require FBI clearance for the USA and RCMP clearance for Canada.

Where should I get this statement?

The statement can be obtained from:

  • police or judicial authorities
  • government departments
  • the Home Embassy/ consulate of your country

The gov.uk provides useful information about how to obtain overseas criminal record checks, including contact details for the appropriate authorities. Another helpful website is canadavisa.

How long are criminal record checks valid?

Statements are only valid for application purposes for six months from the date of issue.

This does not apply if you relocated to the UK before the six month period expired and have not been a resident in the country concerned since.

Criminal record checks should be submitted with your application form. Please do not start your application until you have obtained your check. Some countries can take several months to process a request.

What happens if I don't submit a check?

You have a maximum of 56 days to submit your check if you do not submit it at the time of application. After this period the application will be closed and destroyed.

If this happens, candidates will be required to submit a new application and pay a further £65 Qualified outside Scotland Administration Fee.

Advice regarding Republic of Ireland Police Clearance

Please note that we cannot accept 'Garda Criminal Records Database' search results, as these are not official Police Clearance documents. We can only accept Garda Vet statements. These are issued to teachers by the Garda Central Vetting Unit via the Teaching Council Ireland.

Please contact the Teaching Council Ireland for further information about obtaining this document.