Common errors within DBS applications
Writing a DBS application isn’t so easy. Processing many applications a day made it clear to us that there are a few errors that are common and pop up frequently.
Even though we help to fix these mistakes, ensuring that the application is already error free would be ideal for both the applicant and us.
On an application form, there are sections to present your forename, middle name and surname. If there are any variations of an applicant’s name, they must go in the middle names section. In other words, you must make sure that the middle names are added to the forename section.
This is because these names must be run against the Police National Computer to display any problems with previous applications. If the information is relevant then it would be displayed onto the certificate. So, names must be provided accurately to ensure that the certificate is 100% accurate.
The field that requires an applicant’s name must be their current legal name. If a name is incorrect, the application will be immediately rejected and must be redone.
Although, there is an exception. The DBS accepts passports in the applicant’s maiden name along with a marriage certificate that proves this name change.
An employer will decide to judge whether the certificate is credible enough.
A five year address history is essential within an application and we consistently see this not being included properly. The addresses should be presented with the dates of residence and entered in the format, mm/yyyy. There should be no gaps between addresses
This is crucial since previous applications have been rejected or have had results delayed because of an incorrect address history.
Summarising common errors within DBS Applications
In summary, all fields must be provided with true and accurate details. Avoiding mistakes can save time and work as it can help to eliminate or reduce the need to rewrite an application.
We hope that this article has helped you to recognise what common mistakes can be made when submitting a DBS application form.
If you need any help with anything related to DBS Checks, feel free to ask any question you like – we have expert advisors who are always more than happy to help.