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Request Deletion or Amendment

In certain circumstances you can request for the deletion or amendment of information that we hold about you on the Police National Computer, but you must meet certain criteria. 

Details of the available amendment and deletion options, and the required criteria can be found below. 

Amendment or Deletion Options

Under new legislation, you may apply in certain circumstances to have your fingerprints and DNA profiles deleted from national police systems, namely the National Fingerprint Database (IDENT1) and the National DNA Database (NDNAD).

Under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (which amended the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, known as PACE) police in England and Wales are able to indefinitely retain your biometric information if you have been convicted of an offence. Biometric information is defined as fingerprints and DNA profiles.

Equally the legislation identifies a number of situations whereby your biometric information will be immediately deleted from national police systems if you were not convicted of a recordable offence, provided specified time constraints and other criteria are satisfied.

Information concerning the 'Early Deletion Process' can be accessed on the ACRO website and 

You can apply for the deletion of offences records from the Police National Computer System under the Record Deletion Process. 

If you believe you are eligible to have your records held on national police systems deleted you should visit the ACRO website here for further information and to download the application and retrieve the relevant guidance notes. You will need to print the application and submit it by post together with the requested identity documentation direct to ACRO

Applications will not be accepted under this process if you have been convicted of an offence in any court: a separate process exists for appealing or disputing a sentence or count conviction.

In the absence of an application being made, records relating to your court conviction will be retained on national police systems until you are deemed to have reached 100 years of age.  

In 2010, the Government made a commitment to: “change the law so that historical convictions for consensual gay sex with those over 16 years old will not show up on criminal record checks”.

The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, which received Royal Assent on 1st May 2012, established powers to meet that commitment. This means that certain convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings can be disregarded upon written application by the individual.

In order for an eligible conviction to be disregarded it must appear to the Home Secretary that;

  • All parties involved in the conduct constituting the offence consented to it and were aged 16 or over at the time the offence was committed; and
  • Any such conduct now would not be an offence under s.71 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

The full application form and guidance notes can be accessed on the Government website here. 

Completed application forms should be submitted to the dedicated Home Office Casework Team:

Chapter 4 Applications, 5th Floor Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF

Or by e-mail to: chapter4applications@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk


Application forms submitted to Dorset Police will be returned and not re-directed.