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New Website lets ex-offenders check own 'spent' criminal records

Source: www.spf.gov.sg

Electronic Portal to Enable Checks on "Spent" Criminal Records
 
On 10 May this year, an electronic portal will be launched by the Police to allow ex-offenders round-the-clock convenience to check whether their personal criminal records have been marked as spent.
The electronic portal may be accessed via the internet websites: http://www.spf.gov.sg or http://www.ecitizen.gov.sg.
A person who wishes to log in to the e-portal will have to key in his NRIC number as the login ID and SingPass (Singapore Personal Access) as the authentication password.
More information on SingPass can be found on the SingPass website at http://www.ecitizen.gov.sg/singpass/index.htm
The Registration of Criminals (Amendment) Act 2005 came into effect on 17 Oct 2005 to allow the record of a conviction kept in the Register of Criminals for a less serious crime to be considered as spent, if the person meets the specified criteria and stays crime-free for five years.
The move is in line with the second chance policy to help ex-offenders who committed minor offences to re-integrate into society. An ex-offender who has his record marked as spent may then say that he has no criminal record when applying for a job.
Since the scheme came into effect, about 114,113 ex-offenders have had their records rendered spent automatically.
Currently, persons who wish to know whether their criminal records have been marked as spent would have to make an appointment via the hotline 6557 5700 to meet the counter staff of the Police Records Office located at Police Cantonment Complex, in order for the Police to ascertain their identities and safeguard the confidential information.
Persons who have no internet access or wish to clarify the contents of the information on the electronic portal may call the inquiry hotline at 6557 5700 during office hours ( 8:30am to 5:30pm weekdays only).
More information can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions on Registration of Criminals (Amendment) Bill 2005 at http://www.spf.gov.sg.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
8 May 2006 @ 10.00 am

Source: www.spf.gov.sg Media Release 8 May 2006

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