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Confirm you are Discharged from Bankruptcy

Confirm you are Discharged from Bankruptcy

You will normally be discharged from Bankruptcy automatically after 12 months. You can request written confirmation if you need it.

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How to check you are Discharged from Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy lasts for 12 months. After this time you are automatically discharged. However the Official receiver will not give you any notification of this at all. It happens automatically.

You can check the date you are due to be discharged by looking up your details on the Insolvency Register. Your details will remain on the register for 3 months from the date of your discharge.

After that they will be taken off and will no longer appear if you search for them. Then the only record of you having been bankrupt is the London Gazette archives.

You cannot get early discharge from Bankruptcy. However the period you are bankrupt might be extended if you do not co-operate with the Official Receiver.

How to get a Discharge Certificate (if Bankrupt after April 16)

The fact that you do not receive written confirmation that you have been discharged from Bankruptcy is nothing to worry about. In general it is not needed. However you can request a Discharge Certificate if you want one.

If you went bankrupt after April 2016 (using the Government’s on-line system) then the Insolvency Service will e-mail you a certificate for free. You need to send a request using the following details:

The e-mail address to use to request a Discharge Certificate is: You will need to include the following details in your e-mail:

  • Your full name
  • Date of Birth
  • National Insurance Number
  • Bankruptcy Court Ref (if date of bankruptcy before April 16)
  • Bankruptcy Reference (if date of bankruptcy after April 16)
  • Current address
  • The address you lived at when you were declared bankrupt (if different)

If you went bankrupt before April 2016 you can get a letter which confirms the date of your discharge by sending an e-mail request as detailed above. However if you want a Discharge Certificate you will have to pay for it (see below).

Get a Discharge Certificate (If Bankrupt before April 16)

The confirmation of discharge letter provided by the Insolvency Service simply confirms the recorded date you were discharged. If you want a Certificate of Discharge you will have to make a formal application.

You will need to use form LOC013. Once completed this form must be sent together with a fee for £70 to the local County Court which dealt with your bankruptcy.

Your payment should by Cheque or Postal Order made payable to HMCTS. You will normally receive your Certificate within three to four weeks of the Court office receiving your application.

If you were made bankrupt at the Royal Courts of Justice in the High Court then you should make your application to the High Court at the Rolls Building. If you were made bankrupt at the Royal Courts of Justice in the County Court then you should make your application to the Central London County Court sitting at the Thomas More Building.

Can you get Confirmation of Discharge from a Debt Relief Order?

If you used a Debt Relief Order (DRO) the moratorium period lasts for 12 months. After this time the Order automatically comes to an end. You will not receive any confirmation from the Official receiver that your DRO has finished.

You can check the date that your DRO is due to finish on the Insolvency register. However this record will only remain for 3 months after that date. Then there is then no public record of Order ever having existed.

If you wish you can request a letter confirming your are discharged from your debts. The insolvency service has a dedicated Debt Relief Order team based in Plymouth. The telephone number to contact the team is 01752 635200 Alternatively you can e-mail your request directly to the DRO team at

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14 thoughts on “Confirm you are Discharged from Bankruptcy

  1. Karen says:

    I made myself bankrupt in 2010. PPI claim successful but they added it to the loan. Is this correct? Loan 2008 and letter received 2019.

    1. Hi Karen

      If your loan was taken out before you went bankrupt and PPI claimed after you were discharged, any compensation now awarded is an after acquired asset of the bankruptcy. As such it should still be paid to the official receiver. Normally the bank will forward any such compensation direct to the Insolvency Service. You will not see any of it I am afraid.

  2. Kenneth says:


    If I forgot to mention debtors when I declared myself bankrupt can they still chase me for money owed

    1. Hi Kenneth

      If you did not list some creditors in your bankruptcy application either because you forgot about them or you did not know about them you do not need to worry. As long as the debts existed on the date you went bankrupt they are automatically included.

      All you need to do is contact the official receiver who dealt with your case. They will deal with these creditors for you.

      I would also recommend that you speak to any creditor that pops up like this and make sure they know that you went bankrupt. Give them your bankruptcy reference number. They should know that they can’t chase you for money or enforce their debt.

  3. Alicia says:

    I was made bankrupt in 2015. Will I be out of bankruptcy and will taking a lump sum from my pension be a problem.


    1. Hi Alicia

      Given you went bankrupt in 2015 you should have been automatically discharged a year later in 2016. That being the case if you now want to release money from your pension it will not be problem. If you do this after the date of your discharge the money is yours to keep.

      Note: You never get confirmation of your discharge from bankruptcy. It is an automatic process. If you want a certificate confirming your discharge then given the date of your bankruptcy is pre April 16 you will need to complete a LOC013 form and send it to the court where you were made bankrupt. There is more information about how to do this in the article above.

  4. Gemma Allen says:


    I went bankrupt in 2006 and was discharged 6 months later. My bank will not allow me internet banking until i provide proof that i am no longer bankrupt but i am unable to find my court reference to do this. Is there a way of providing proof without the court reference?

    1. Hi Gemma

      The only option you have is search your name on the London Gazette. This is the official public archive which has a history of everyone who has gone bankrupt. Unlike the insolvency register the record remains in the Gazette and is not deleted. If you can find your record the court ref will be listed. It will be in the format No. X of 2006.

      Failing this unfortunately there will be no way of finding the court reference I am afraid. If that is the case I suggest opening a bank account with a different bank. Almost all banks offer internet banking even with their most basic accounts nowadays so I cannot understand why you are having an issue with your bank…..

  5. Sophie says:

    I have applied for a discharge confirmation as I still have some debts showing on my credit report. Could you please advise how I go about removing these? Thanks

    1. Hi Sophie

      After you go bankrupt your credit rating will continue to be affected for 6 years from the start date. The record of your bankruptcy will remain on your credit file for six years from that date. This is the law and there is nothing you can do to change it. Your credit rating will not be truly clear until then.

      Generally speaking the record of your individual debts will continue to show on your credit report during that time as well. They should come off automatically on the same date as the bankruptcy record (if not before). The only time they may stay longer is if the creditor issued a default after the date of your bankruptcy. This would then remain for 6 years from the date of issue.

      If any creditors issued a default after the date of bankruptcy or an account is still showing as outstanding you can contact the creditor directly. You can request that they change the default date to no later than the date you went bankrupt and change the status of the file to “partially satisfied.

  6. Ross says:


    I went bankrupt on July 2017 and was discharge July 2018. In August 2013 bought a car-Hire Purchase, and did all my payments until bankruptcy,and paid around 75-80% from the total value of the car. Last week I have got a letter-Letter Claim,as I need to return the car,otherwise they will put me in Court and I will have to pay for all this arrangements,Court cost,etc.
    The original loan was with Black Horse but now the letter was coming from Lloyds, probably same company.

    Before this letter I have got some letters,calls during bankruptcy as well from Black Horse, to arrange some payments to carry on with my contract. I could not pay them anything and told them to come and take the car back.

    Can you please advise what shall I do next in regards with the letter?

    Thanks !

    1. Hi Ross

      If the car HP agreement was signed in Aug 13 this is before you went bankrupt. As such it is a contingent debt which existed at the time you went bankrupt. This means if you are now in a position where you cannot pay it any outstanding balance is included in the original bankruptcy.

      Do you still have the car? If so this will have to be returned to the finance company. However you are not liable for any outstanding debt. You should contact the collections company and tell them you went bankrupt in July 17. Give them your BK reference number and tell them to contact the official receiver for further information regarding this debt.

      I would also recommend that you personally contact the official receiver’s office that originally dealt with your case. Explain that this debt has come up. They will then deal with it for you as part of your original bankruptcy even though you are now discharged.

  7. Mark says:

    Hi. I went bankrupt in August 2016 and was discharged a year later in August 17. I have just been looking at my credit report and there is a CCJ which was issued in March 2014.

    Given I went bankrupt should that record still be on my credit report? I thought the bankruptcy cancelled it out? I don’t know whether I am right or wrong. If you could give me some advice that would be appreciated

    1. Hi Mark

      If a CCJ was issued against you in March 2014 then you are right that this debt would have been written off by your bankruptcy. However the record of the Judgment still has to remain on your credit file for 6 years from the date it was issued. In other words it will remain on your file until March 2020.

      There is nothing you can do about this. The fact that you went bankrupt means that you no longer owe the money but the record must remain for the full 6 year term.

      This is really is not a problem. Remember the record of your bankruptcy remains on your file until August 2022 (6 years from the start date). By that time the record of the CCJ will be long gone and your credit file should be clear.

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