Collection

DBS check detailed guidance

A collection of guidance about DBS checks and processes.

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

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

Guidance for applicants

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

  1. DBS certificate reprint guide

    • Guidance
  2. DBS guide to eligibility

    • Guidance
  3. DBS application forms: guide for applicants

    • Guidance
  4. DBS update service: applicant guide

    • Guidance
  5. Applicant's introduction to the decision-making process for enhanced criminal record checks

    • Guidance
  6. DBS certificate disputes and fingerprint consent forms

    • Form
  7. List of offences that will never be filtered from a DBS certificate

    • Guidance
  8. DBS continuation sheet

    • Form

Guidance for employers

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

  1. DBS code of practice

    • Policy paper
  2. DBS update service: employer guide

    • Guidance
  3. DBS home based positions guide

    • Guidance
  4. Statutory disclosure guidance

    • Guidance
  5. DBS application form: countersignatories guide

    • Guidance
  6. Completing the DBS application form: e-guide

    • Guidance
  7. DBS ID checking guidelines

    • Guidance
  8. DBS guide to eligibility

    • Guidance
  9. DBS unusual addresses guidance

    • Guidance
  10. Sample policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders

    • Policy paper
  11. Guidelines for the lead countersignatory application form

    • Guidance
  12. Guidelines for the countersignatory application form

    • Guidance
  13. DBS continuation sheet

    • Form
  14. Handling of DBS certificate information

    • Guidance
  15. DBS application forms: checklist

    • Guidance

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

Promotional booklets

  1. DBS checks: case studies booklet

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

    • Promotional material