DBS update service: applicant guide

Guidance for the applicant about the DBS update service, how to join and how to renew a subscription to the service.


DBS update service: applicant guide (Welsh)

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You can join the update service when you next apply for a DBS check, and you may never need to apply for another one again.

Log-in to the update service if you’ve already joined.

Published 23 May 2013
Last updated 26 October 2016 + show all updates
  1. Updated the renewals section. Add to your email safe senders or safe recipients list so you get your renewal reminder.
  2. Updated to explain that a subscription must be renewed by the day before the subscription expiry date.
  3. Added information about renewing an update service subscription to the second section of the guide 'Joining the update service'.
  4. Added more information about monitoring statuses, certificate changes and status checks.
  5. Added the applicant guide in Welsh.
  6. Applicants now have 19 calendar days to join the update service with their DBS certificate number.
  7. Added more information about the ID number that applicants need to make a note of when they join the update service.
  8. Update to question 47 in the FAQ section.
  9. Wording of application reference changed to application form reference. Also added more information about applicant actions when there is a status change.
  10. Amendment to question 41.
  11. Updated in response to customer feedback.
  12. Version 3.2 added with additional guidance.
  13. New version 3.1
  14. New version.
  15. Minor amendment to document.
  16. Updated with version 2.
  17. First published.