Is It Best To Apply for A DBS Check Online Or By Hand?
It’s a common question – Should I apply for a DBS check online or on paper?
People who have filled out DBS checks in the past are probably more accustomed to filling out a paper form by hand. That’s how it has traditionally been done.
But times have changed. Like most administrative tasks, there is now an online option that makes the process much easier.
This article will examine why the online option is much more convenient, easier to complete, and faster than using a paper form. We’ll also explain how you can easily apply for your DBS online.
What’s so great about applying for your DBS check online?
Applying online has been made to be much more convenient compared to completing a paper form by hand and mailing it.
Here are several reasons why it makes sense.
It allows instant communication, without the delay of mailing, sorting, delivering, and processing a form. This means that applying for your DBS check online and receiving the result is way faster than doing it by hand.
In fact, when applying for a DBS check by post, you can wait up to six weeks for your certificate. If you apply online, you can sometimes get a result within a few hours.
If a speedy turnaround time is important to you, then it is much more practical to apply online. You can fill out your 5 minute application form here.
Improved Accuracy / Fewer Mistakes
A common problem with paper form applications is that mistakes are more likely to occur. Handwriting errors are much easier to make than typed, especially skipping a section accidentally. Online forms, on the other hand, highlight any missed sections and are easier to double check for errors.
Another common problem with handwritten forms is illegibility or damaged forms. If your handwriting is difficult to read, if you use the wrong colour ink, or if the form gets damaged in the post, your application will be denied and you’ll have to start again. Online forms avoid this outcome entirely.
Applying for your DBS check online has a number of environmental benefits.
Firstly there is no paper used, which reduces deforestation.
Secondly, as you don’t need to use the postal system, carbon emissions are reduced considerably.
Finally, applying online reduces the number of errors, making it unlikely you’ll need to make multiple applications. If you apply by post multiple applications and the increased correspondence would be devastating for the environment.
Easier Resolution of Issues
If you have any questions about your DBS application, it’s much easier to contact a DBS representative and discuss your online form than it would be with a paper form.
When you fill out the form online you receive a unique reference number instantly The assistant can look up your application directly, without having to rummage through paper forms. This means they’ll be able to update you on the progress of your application and answer any other questions you may have immediately.
So, paper or online DBS checks – which is best?
Online is definitely the smarter option when it comes to applying for a DBS check.
It’s more convenient as you don’t have to write anything down, you can easily correct errors, and you don’t have to leave the house to post it.
Online DBS checks are a fast process, often completing within hours, as opposed to six weeks for paper applications.
You can check on your application status at any time and if you do need to discuss your application with somebody, it’s easier and quicker to get answers.
Check out our online DBS check service now for more information or to get started on your application.