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Rehabilitation periods

Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, a conviction becomes "spent" after the elapse of a defined period of time, allowing a job applicant to be treated for most purposes as if his or her conviction had never occurred. The period of time depends on the type and length of sentence imposed. It begins with the date of the conviction in respect of which the sentence is imposed and ends at the time listed in the following table in relation to that sentence: