Guidance

Track a DBS application

You can use our online tracking service to check the progress of standard or enhanced checks, or create an online account to check the progress of basic checks.

Enhanced or Standard checks

The person being given a DBS check (the applicant) can track the progress of their standard or enhanced application using the DBS tracking service. They will need their application reference number and date of birth to track the application.

Employers who are registered with DBS can track multiple applications and order blank application forms online.

Basic checks

The person being given a DBS check (the applicant), employers and Responsible Organisations can track the progress of basic checks by using the DBS online account tracking service. They do not need to create an account however they will need the application reference number, applicant’s surname and date of birth.

Published 7 September 2017
Last updated 15 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. Information updated regarding how to track basic, standard or enhanced checks.
  2. Information added regarding applicant's creating an online account to track a basic check application.
  3. Information updated in line with the DBS' new online application for basic checks.
  4. First published.