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DBS filtering on criminal record certificates

DBS filter certain old and minor cautions and convictions, reprimands and warnings from criminal record certificates.

From 29 May 2013, the DBS will be removing certain specified old and minor offences from criminal record certificates issued from this date. Changes to the legislation were introduced today to allow us to do this.

The filtering rules and the list of offences that will never be filtered are now available for you to view.

In line with these changes, we have amended question e55 on our DBS application form guidance for a criminal record check.

To follow the law correctly, we need Registered Bodies to bring this change to the applicants’ attention when completing the DBS application form.

Question e55 asks the applicant ‘have you ever been convicted of a criminal offence or received a caution, reprimand or warning?’

Applicants should now ignore this question and treat this question as if they were being asked ‘do you have any unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings?’

For more information about filtering, please see the DBS filtering guidance.

You can also call us on 0870 90 90 811 or email us at

Thank you for helping us to carry through this change.