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
Published 11 June 2013
Last updated 13 December 2013 + show all updates
  1. Information added about external guidance available from Nacro and Unlock.
  2. Added more information about convictions with multiple offences.
  3. Updated to version 1.4 - added a link to Unlock guidance
  4. Uploaded new version 1.3 with further advice on filtering.
  5. Updated version of the document.
  6. First published.
  7. Updated the document