How DBS ID Checks Work
When somebody applies for a DBS Check, they need to provide ID documents to verify their identity. This helps to make sure that the person applying for the job is who they say they are and not trying to hide a criminal past.
What is the process for DBS ID checking?
If you are an employer and you’re submitting a Standard or Enhanced DBS Check, then you’ll need to confirm that you have seen certain ID documents in physical form.
There are different routes to check ID for a DBS Check and they set out which documents need to be seen from different groups. Details can be found on the DBS website here.
Nationality affects which route to take, specifically whether the individual is a UK or non-UK citizen.
What happens if the required ID documents are unavailable?
If an applicant who is a UK citizen cannot provide the required ID documents, they may be able to prove their identity another way, a fingerprinting session at a police station, for instance.
However, if a non-UK national cannot provide the documents required for the DBS ID route they need to follow, then the DBS Check will not be submitted or processed. Also, they will not be able to confirm their ‘right to work’ in the UK.
Summary of DBS ID Checking
If you are an employer and need to check DBS applicant’s IDs, you need to follow these steps:
- Find out the nationality of the applicant
- Decide on the DBS ID check route based on their nationality
- Request the ID documents from the applicant
- Arrange for alternative ID methods if needed (e.g. fingerprinting)
- Check that the ID documents are valid and legitimate
- Submit the DBS application.
If you need any more information on how to carry out DBS ID checks, get in touch with one of our expert advisors today.