Apply to check someone else's criminal record

2. How to apply for a check

How you request a check depends on how many checks you do a year.

If you do:

How to complete an application for a check

  1. Ask DBS or your umbrella body for an application form.

  2. Give the form to the applicant to fill in.

  3. The applicant will return the completed form to you along with documents proving their identity.

  4. Send the completed application form to DBS or your umbrella body.

  5. DBS will send a certificate to the applicant. You must ask the applicant to show you the certificate so you can check it’s genuine.

How much it costs

How much it costs depends on the type of check.

Type of check Cost
Standard £26
Enhanced £44
Enhanced with barred lists £44

Checks are free for volunteers.

How long it takes

It usually takes around 8 weeks but it can take longer if:

  • the details given for the check are incorrect
  • several police forces need to be involved in the check

You can’t pay more to get a faster check.

If you’re registered with DBS you can use the tracking service to track multiple applications.

Checks on carers

If you provide care services for adults (for example in a care home), you can use a service called DBS Adult First.

This will confirm, usually within 2 days, if the applicant:

  • can start work, as long as they’re supervised
  • should wait for the results of an enhanced check

The service costs an extra £6.