Security Industry Authority FAQs
How far back does the criminal check go?
We will require access to at least a continuous five year period of verifiable, authoritative records against which to assess an applicant”s criminal record. If we can”t obtain this (for example if an applicant has been overseas where verifiable records are unavailable) then we won”t be able to grant a licence. We are working with the Criminal Records Bureau and the Foreign Office to minimise the occasions on which this will apply.