Retention Schedule

 

Biometric retention periods as defined under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012:

 

Individuals convicted of an offence  

 

 

Situation 

Fingerprint & DNA Retention Period  

Adult convicted (including cautions, reprimands and final warnings) of any recordable offence 

Indefinite 

Under 18 convicted (including cautions, reprimands and final warnings) of a qualifying offence 

Indefinite 

Under 18 convicted of a minor offence 

1st conviction: Five years (plus length of any custodial sentence), or indefinite if the custodial sentence is five years or more. 

2nd conviction: Indefinite 

 

 

Individuals not convicted of an offence 

 

 

Situation  

Fingerprint & DNA Retention Period 

Any age charged with but not convicted of a qualifying offence 

Three years + two year extension if granted by District Judge (or indefinite if previously convicted of a recordable offence which is not excluded) 

Any age arrested for but not charged with a qualifying offence 

Three years if granted by Biometrics Commissioner + two year extension if granted by District Judge (or indefinite if previously convicted or a recordable offence which is not excluded) 

Any age arrested for or charged with a minor offence 

None (or indefinite if there is a previous conviction for a recordable offence which is not excluded) but speculatively searched against National DNA Database (NDNAD) and national fingerprint database (IDENT1) 

Penalty Notice for Disorder 

Two years 

 

Please check the Definitions page for further explanations of the terms used.

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