Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
You can use our online services to check the progress of basic, standard or enhanced checks or view your certificate.
Guidance regarding basic checks, including how to apply and the information disclosed on a basic certificate.
DBS offers a number of online services, including the Update Service, DBS online accounts and online tracking.
The person going through a DBS check (the applicant) must give their employer original documents (not copies) to prove their identity.
Guidance for employers about DBS checks, including how to apply, registering with the DBS and the code of practice.
Information regarding a DBS online account and the services available to you as a barring or basic check customer.
Guidance to help you validate the identity of a DBS check applicant and a new lead/countersignatory.
Step by step guidance for applicants filling in the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application form.
The DBS list of offences is available in word, excel and open document spreadsheet formats.
A list of Responsible Organisations and their responsibilities.
Guidance for applicants regarding the DBS Update Service, including how to join and how to renew your subscription.
As an employer, you can access the Update Service to do status checks on an individual’s standard or enhanced DBS certificate, if they've joined the service.
A guide to requesting a DBS certificate reprint and forms to complete.
A guide to eligibility for standard certificates, for Registered Bodies and employers.
Guides to help you identify the types of work eligible for an enhanced DBS check in each workforces, including regulated activity.
Disclosure and Barring service (DBS) guidance about making referrals.
Filtering identifies and removes protected convictions and cautions so that they are not disclosed on a DBS certificate.
A publication explaining the DBS check application process for volunteers.
The International Organization of Standardization (ISO) sets out internationally recognised codes, designated to each country and most dependent areas.
Guidance leaflets relating to eligibility and other DBS services and products.
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