Can You Reuse DBS Checks?
If the job role you do needs a DBS Check, then you may be wondering what happens if you get promoted or change roles within the same company. Does the DBS Check transfer with you or do you need to get a new one?
In other words, can a DBS Check be reused?
If you are in a position where there is the possibility of promotion or several promotions, then this will be of particular importance to you, especially as each new DBS Check will cost time and money.
In this article, we’ll explore the rules around reusing DBS Checks and how you can apply for them.
DBS Update Service
So, the first bit of good news is that you can reuse DBS Checks in certain circumstances.
The DBS update service allows people to keep their DBS certificates fully up to date for a small annual fee of £13. This means that the DBS Check can be reused if they are moving to a role within the same workforce type and the same level of DBS Check is required – Basic, Standard, or Enhanced.
The DBS update service also gives people the option of allowing their employer or manager to check the online certificates rather than waiting for one to arrive in the post, which saves a lot of time as it usually takes around two weeks for a DBS certificate to arrive in the post.
It should also be noted that the DBS update service is free for volunteers.
How to sign up for the DBS update service
You can sign up for the DBS update service within 19 days of the issue date of your DBS certificate. All you need to do is apply online on the government website. You will need your DBS certificate number and means to make the annual payment.
OK, so now you know that DBS Checks can be reused if you are moving to a role within the same workforce and you sign up to the DBS update service. But what are the main advantages of using the DBS Update Service?
Benefits of using the DBS update service
Here are the main benefits of using the DBS update service:
- Save Money – you only pay for the full DBS Check once, then £13 per year to reuse it as many times as you like in the same workforce.
- Time Saving – no need to complete a new DBS application every time and you don’t have to wait for a full renewal of the certificate.
- Easier For Employers – employers can see the DBS Check results online right away, which is much more convenient for them.
Summary of reusing DBS Checks
The simple answer to the question “Can DBS Checks be reused?” is, yes, they most certainly can be reused, as long as you are moving to a role within the same workforce and the role needs the same level of DBS Check.
If you are interested in finding out more about DBS Checks, including how to apply for one online, then get in touch today.