DBS update service guidance

Guidance, news articles and promotional material for the DBS update service.

The update service lets you keep your DBS certificate up to date online and allows employers to check a certificate online.

Guidance for applicants

You can join the update service as soon as you have your application form reference number. You can ask for the number when you apply for your DBS check.

Or you can join the update service with your certificate number when you receive your DBS certificate. If so, you must do so within 19 calendar days of the date of issue which is printed on the certificate.

You can log in to the update service if you have already joined.

  1. DBS update service: applicant guide

    • Guidance
  2. DBS update service launched today

    • News story

Guidance for employers

As an employer you can check someone’s DBS certificate status online and get a result straight away.

There’s no registration process or fee for you to check a certificate online, but you must be legally entitled to carry out a check and have the applicant’s permission.

  1. DBS update service: employer guide

    • Guidance
  2. DBS Update Service: multiple status checking guide

    • Guidance
  3. DBS Update Service application form checklist

    • Guidance
  4. DBS update service: early confirmation application form

    • Form

Promotional material

  1. Update service: DBS application form insert

    • Promotional material
  2. DBS update service videos on YouTube

    • News story
  3. DBS Update Service posters

    • Promotional material