6 Common DBS Check Questions
In this article we’ll take a look at some of the most commonly asked questions related to DBS checks.
1. What is a DBS check or DBS certificate?
A DBS check is a criminal background check that searches for convictions and cautions that exist on an individual’s criminal record. The types of convictions and offences that are revealed depend on the level of DBS check requested. Once the check has been processed and disclosures made, a DBS certificate is printed that highlights the results of the check to enable employers to make safe recruiting decisions.
2. What does DBS stand for?
The DBS is the Disclosure and Barring Service, which is a UK-based organisation. The DBS handles criminal background checks and was formed when the CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) and ISA (Independent Safeguarding Authority) merged.
3. What are the three levels of DBS check?
Basic DBS Check – reveals unspent convictions only. It can be requested by any individual aged 16 or over in the UK, without verification from an employer or DBS-registered body.
Standard DBS Check – reveals unspent and spent convictions, reprimands, cautions, and warnings. The application must be verified by a DBS-registered body or employer.
Enhanced DBS Check – reveals the same as a standard DBS check, as well as any relevant information that is held on the police national computer (PNC).
4. How can you apply for a DBS check?
There are two ways to apply for a DBS check – online or by post.
To apply by post, you need to fill in a paper application form by hand and post it directly to the DBS. If there are any mistakes on the form, it will be sent back to you which can delay the process considerably. The whole process takes longer by post than the online option, due to delivery times and potential backlogs in processing paper forms by hand.
To apply online, you simply use our online DBS application form, which automatically highlights common mistakes and any omissions. The application form will be verified by one of our team and sent to the DBS for processing as quickly as possible. On average, you will get the DBS
check results within 48 hours, with the certificate following in the post shortly afterwards.
5. Do I need to show ID for a DBS check?
Yes, in order to process a DBS check, you will need to show some ID documents. The documents you need to show depend on the level of check being applied for.
The basic document requirements are:
- valid government issued ID document, such as passport, birth certificate, or driving licence
- proof of address
- proof of name changes.
6. How much does a DBS check cost?
At the time of writing, a DBS check costs:
- Basic DBS check is £35.40
- Standard DBS check is £49.20
- Enhanced DBS check is £69.80.
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