United Kingdom Central Authority for the Exchange of Criminal Records


    The UKCA-ECR’s main responsibility is exchanging criminal record information with countries in the European Union (EU). This work is carried out on behalf of UK Government in support of law enforcement and authorised agencies throughout the country. It involves two main processes – Conviction Notifications and Requests:


    Conviction Notifications


    • Sending notifications to other EU countries when their nationals are convicted of criminal offences in the UK.
    • Receiving notifications when UK nationals are convicted of criminal offences in other countries. These are translated, and where appropriate, updated on national criminal registers in the UK. These notifications also include subsequent updates to the conviction status, such as successful appeals and variations to sentences.


    Conviction Requests


    • Sending requests on behalf of authorised UK agencies, to other EU countries for the previous convictions of persons who are subject to criminal proceedings in the UK or for public protection purposes.
    • Answering requests sent to the UK from other EU countries for the previous convictions of persons who are subject to particular enquiries or proceedings in that country.


    The work carried out by the UKCA-ECR is both required and permitted under EU legislation and is designed to give EU countries a full record of the offending history of their citizens and of those foreigners committing crime in their country. This can stop people from escaping their criminal past simply by moving to another EU country.


    By sharing more information about a person’s criminal past, law enforcement officers can better manage and monitor any serious criminals they may have in their neighbourhood, thereby increasing the safety of the public.


    Since spring 2012 the UKCA-ECR have been conducting this exchange through secure electronic channels allowing for a quicker, safer and more cost effective exchange process.

    Working in conjunction with:


    UKBA          Home Office




    To read the EU legislation that supports this work, follow the links below:





    List of EU Member States


    For a list of EU Member states, click the map above.




    Law enforcement officers can access further practitioner information by joining the ICCE community on POLKA. Click the logo above to log in or register.


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