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You can use our online services to check the progress of basic, standard or enhanced checks or view your 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.
Information regarding a DBS online account and the services available to you as a barring or basic check customer.
Guidance for employers about DBS checks, including how to apply, registering with the DBS and the code of practice.
Guidance on basic DBS checks including how to apply, the cost and what information is disclosed on a basic certificate.
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.
Guidance to help you validate the identity of a DBS check applicant and a new lead/countersignatory.
A collection of factsheets, updated guidelines and news stories related to DBS and coronavirus.
Guidance around free-of-charge applications and our new fast-track Barred List check service, in response to COVID-19.
A list of Responsible Organisations and their responsibilities.
A guide to requesting a DBS certificate reprint and forms to complete.
Guidance for applicants regarding the DBS update service, including how to join and how to renew your subscription.
A table of rehabilitation periods for the most common sentences and disposals, and example scenarios.
Disclosure and Barring service (DBS) guidance about making referrals. Also includes information about relevant offences.
Guides to help you identify the types of work eligible for an enhanced DBS check in each workforces, including regulated activity.
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 eligibility for standard certificates, for Registered Bodies and employers.
Guidance leaflets relating to eligibility and other DBS services and products.
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