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 go to the guidance collection.

We also have a collections of guidance about DBS check eligibility and filtering of offences from DBS checks.

Guidance for applicants

Applicants (job candidates) can’t do a criminal records check on themselves.

You will need to get an application form from the employer who asked you for a DBS check. Find out more about the DBS check process.

  1. DBS certificate reprint guide

    • Guidance
  2. DBS application forms: guide for applicants

    • Guidance
  3. DBS continuation sheet

    • Form
  4. DBS certificate disputes and fingerprint consent forms

    • Form
  5. DBS disclosure representations process

    • Detailed guide
  6. Criminal records checks for overseas applicants

    • Guidance
  7. DBS unusual addresses guidance

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

    • Guidance

Guidance for employers

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

  1. DBS checks: guidance for employers

    • Detailed guide
  2. DBS code of practice

    • Policy paper
  3. DBS update service: employer 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 home based positions guide

    • Guidance
  9. DBS unusual addresses guidance

    • Guidance
  10. DBS 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. E-bulk: submitting multiple applications for DBS checking

    • Detailed guide

Promotional booklets

  1. DBS check: application process for volunteers booklet

    • Promotional material
  2. DBS checks: case studies booklet

    • Promotional material