Use this tool to find out if you need to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for your employee. You can only check someone’s criminal record if they’re applying for certain roles.

This tool only covers roles in England and Wales. Find out if you can get a check in Scotland or Northern Ireland.

If you’re applying for the role

You can use this tool to see if you need a criminal record check for your role.

If your employer can’t check your record, they may ask you to request a basic DBS check instead.

Checking for a management role

Use this tool to see if you can check the staff they manage. If you can, you can request that same check for the manager.

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