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UK – EU Transition, and UK Civil Aviation Regulations

To access current UK civil aviation regulations, including AMC and GM, CAA regulatory documents, please use this link to UK Regulation. Please note, if you use information and guidance under the Headings, the references to EU regulations or EU websites in our guidance will not be an accurate information or description of your obligations under UK law. These pages are undergoing reviews and updates.

The Department for Transport (DfT) sets the list of disqualifying convictions, including offences at the more serious end of the spectrum (with relatively minor offences usually not being included). Disqualifying convictions are selected under the following criteria:

  • Any convictions directly related to terrorism
  • Convictions that may be inappropriate for someone working in the aviation industry (e.g. immigration offences)
  • Convictions over which someone could be subject to undue influence/coercion
  • Convictions that call into question an individual's integrity and trustworthiness

Applicants will fail the criminal records check if it reveals an unspent conviction for a disqualifying offence. Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (for England, Wales and Scotland) and the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 (for Northern Ireland) criminal convictions can become spent or ignored after a rehabilitation period.

Please see CAP 2159 which includes a list of the UK offences for which an unspent criminal conviction disqualifies the person from completing a background check.

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