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Deletion of records

You may be eligible to apply for the deletion of records from police systems.

Record deletion process

You may be able to apply for the deletion of records from the Police National Computer (PNC), National Fingerprint Database (IDENT1) and the National DNA Database (NDNAD) under the Record Deletion Process. Please note this process does not  apply to deletion of custody photographs.

Find out if you are eligible to apply, and read the National Police Chiefs’ Council guidance document: Deletion of Records from National Police Systems.

Court convictions are not eligible for record deletion as Chief Officers cannot overrule convictions handed down by the courts. An individual cannot apply for record deletion where an investigation or court proceedings remain ongoing as the full circumstances of the case may not be known at the time the application is made.

If, having read the guidance and the information on the ACRO website, you believe you are eligible to make an application for the deletion of records you should complete the Record Deletion Application Form and send to:

The National Record Deletion Unit
PO Box 481
PO14 9JS

Deletion of custody images

You may be eligible to apply for the deletion of a custody image under the Management of Police Information retention, review and disposal process.

A request for deletion can be made where:

  • You were not charged for the offence for which the image was taken
  • You were not convicted of the offence for which the image was taken
  • You were convicted and a predetermined time has elapsed since the conviction

Further details can be found by accessing the policy paper available on the gov.uk website, and via the Management of police information section of the College of Policing Authorised Professional Practice.

If you wish to apply for deletion please complete the form and send it to:

The Records Manager
Information Management
Police Headquarters
Alverton Court
Crosby Road

North Yorkshire

Please include copies of photographic identification, e.g. passport or photographic driving licence AND proof of address such as a council tax bill or bank statement. Alternatively the form and copies of appropriate identification can be emailed to RRD@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk.