DBS filtering guide

Filtering identifies and removes protected convictions and cautions so that they are not disclosed on a DBS certificate.



Guidance for employers about the filtering of criminal record checks (DBS checks).


  • introduction
  • changing your recruitment application forms for filtering
  • what PNC information will be shown on a DBS certificate?
  • what PNC information will be filtered from inclusion on a DBS certificate?
  • what other types of information are shown on enhanced DBS certificates?
  • when did the rules change in relation to information being filtered?
  • what are the changes?
  • can an employer ask an individual to declare details of all convictions and cautions?
  • completion of section e field 55 on the DBS application form
  • positions where filtering does not apply
  • external guidance