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    Q950: How long do I need to disclose my conviction for?

    The table below provides details of when a conviction will become spent. Please note that the sentence length includes any time spent on licence. Q89 provides further information on cautions and convictions.

    Some convictions will never become spent and others don't require a rehabilitation period at all. Those that will never become spent include -

    (a) a sentence of preventive detention;
    (b) a sentence of detention during Her Majesty's pleasure or for life, a sentence of detention for a term exceeding thirty months;
    (c) a sentence of custody for life; and
    (d) a sentence of imprisonment for public protection.

    Those that don't require a rehabilitation period (therefore the period of time until it becomes spent will be nil), include -

    (a) an order discharging a person absolutely for an offence,
    (b) any other sentence in respect of a conviction where the sentence is not dealt with in the table below.

    Sentence

    Rehabilitation Period

    Adult (18+) at conviction/disposal

    Young person (under 18) at conviction/disposal

    Prison (including suspended prison sentences)

    Over 4 years or a public protection sentence


    Never spent


    Never spent

    More than 30 months and less than (or equal to) 4 years

    Length of sentence

    + 7 years

    Length of sentence

    + 3 and a half years

    More than 6 months and less than (or equal to) 30 months

    Length of sentence

    + 4 years

    Length of sentence

    + 2 years

    Less than (or equal to) 6 months

    Length of sentence

    + 2 years

    Length of sentence

    + 18 months

    Community order/ youth rehabilitation order

    Length of sentence

    + 1 year

    Length of sentence

    + 6 months

    A compensation order

    The date when the payment is made in full.

    The date when the payment is made in full.

    A relevant order

    The day provided as the last day on which the order is to have effect

    The day provided as the last day on which the order is to have effect

    A fine

    12 months

    6 months

    Removal from Her Majesty's service

    12 months

    6 months

    Caution, reprimand or warning

    None required

    None required

    A sentence of service detention

    12 months

    6 months

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