DBS ID checking guidelines

Guidance to help you validate the identity of a DBS check applicant and a new lead/countersignatory.


Organisations registered with us need to check the identity of a DBS check applicant as part of the application process. A slightly different process is also part of a countersignatory or lead countersignatory application.

We have two guidance documents to help with each identity check:

  1. ID checking guidelines for DBS check applicants
  2. ID checking guidelines for countersignatory and lead countersignatory applicants

From 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA. Paper driving licences issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998 will remain valid and should not be destroyed.

For the DBS ID checking process this means that just the driving licence photocard needs to be checked, unless an old style paper driving licence is produced (pre-1998).

You can read about the DVLA changes in our news story.