DBS application form: guide for applicants

Step by step guidance for applicants filling in the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application form.



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.

You can read our guidelines on what to do if you have an unusual address and what the DBS definition of a volunteer is.

You will need to provide ID documents to the person who asked you to apply for a DBS check.

Published 20 November 2012
Last updated 21 September 2018 + show all updates
  1. Email addresses updated in line with recent changes.

  2. Added a link to more information about the DBS check process.

  3. Added a link to the page to explain the DBS definition of a volunteer.

  4. Added a link to the unusual addresses guidance.

  5. Added a Welsh version of the guide.

  6. New version added

  7. Updated document.

  8. Correct guidance added.

  9. First published.