DBS check guidance

A collection of guidance about DBS checks and processes.

If you’re looking for information about the DBS update service go to the update service guidance collection.

There is also a separate collection about the filtering of offences from DBS checks.

Registered employers can order blank application forms through the multiple online tracking tool, or by calling us.

Applicants (job candidates) can’t do DBS checks on themselves. Read our overview page to find out how to get a DBS check.

Detailed guides

  1. DBS checks: guidance for employers

    • Detailed guide
  2. E-bulk: submitting multiple applications for DBS checking

    • Detailed guide
  3. DBS disclosure representations process

    • Detailed guide


  1. DBS checks: case studies booklet

    • Promotional material
  2. DBS check: application process for volunteers booklet

    • Promotional material