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Confirm you are Discharged from Bankruptcy

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You will normally be Discharged from Bankruptcy automatically after 12 months. You will not receive any confirmation of this. However you can request written confirmation if you need it.

  • Check if you are discharged from Bankruptcy
  • How to get written confirmation of your discharge date
  • Can you get a formal Discharge Certificate?
  • Is it possible to confirm a Debt Relief Order is finished?

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How can you 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 just happens. You can check the date you are due to be automatically discharged by looking up your details on the Insolvency Register.

Your details will remain on the Insolvency 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.

BE Tip: 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.

Written confirmation of your Bankruptcy Discharge Date

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 what if you want something for your own peace of mind?

If you want to receive a letter which confirms the date of your discharge you can request this. You simply need to send your request by e-mail to the Insolvency Service Enquiry Centre. You will normally receive your letter as an e-mail attachment within a couple of days.

The e-mail address to use is: Discharge.Queries@insolvency.gsi.gov.uk. You will need to include the following details in your e-mail:

  • Your full name
  • Date of Birth
  • National Insurance Number
  • Bankruptcy Court Reference
  • Current address
  • The address you lived at when you were declared bankrupt (if different)

How to get a Formal Certificate of Discharge from Bankruptcy

The confirmation of discharge letter provided by the Insolvency Service simply confirms the recorded date you were discharged. In some circumstances you may require more formal proof.

Where this is the case you can apply for a Certificate of Discharge from Bankruptcy. This is issued by the Bankruptcy Court and formally states the date from which you have been discharged. To apply for your Certificate of Discharge you will need to complete a specific form LOC013.

Once completed your 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.

BE Tip: 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 publically accessible record of your DRO 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  DRO.Unit@insolvency.gsi.gov.uk.

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