Guidance

DBS ID checking guidelines

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

Documents

ID checking guidelines for DBS check applications from 24 October 2017

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ID checking guidelines for DBS check applications (Welsh)

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ID checking guidelines for countersignatory applications (Welsh)

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Details

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.

Published 19 November 2012
Last updated 10 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Welsh attachments added regarding ID checking guidelines for DBS check applications and countersignatory applications.
  2. Removed old ID checking guidelines
  3. New guidelines regarding DBS identity (ID) checking to be used from 24 October 2017. These guidelines are to replace the guidelines published on 02 October 2017.
  4. Added a Welsh version of the 'ID checking guidelines for DBS check applications'.
  5. Added ID checking scenarios for DBS check applicants.
  6. From 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA.
  7. Added the Welsh version of the new identity checking guidelines.
  8. Adoption certificates UK and Channel Islands can be accepted.
  9. The adoption certificate has moved from group 2a to group 1 and the driving licence requirements have been updated in group 1 and 2a.
  10. Added a Welsh version of the list of identity documents an applicant must provide.
  11. Added further information about the routes to take.
  12. First published.