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Disclosure and Barring Service is introducing new online services from early 2018


Disclosure and Barring Service is introducing new online services from early 2018

The DBS webpages on GOV.UK now displays the following information:


DBS is introducing several new digital services for you to use. We know that you’d like more online services, which will improve our processing times and help you manage your information quickly and easily.


In early September 2017, our new barring referral system will be available. Employers and organisations will be able to submit barring referrals online and:

  • -register to create an online account with DBS
  • -manage one or several barring referrals online
  • -share information with DBS through a secure government platform

In addition, people who have been referred to DBS will be able to set up an account to communicate confidentially with us about their case.

Basic criminal record checks

If you live or work in England or Wales you’ll be able to apply online for a basic criminal record check through DBS from January 2018. As part of the online application you’ll need to prove your identity through GOV.UK Verify.

These checks are currently managed by Disclosure Scotland, who’ll continue to process them for anyone living or working in Scotland.

A basic criminal record check shows unspent convictions. Anyone can apply for basic criminal record checks. Many employers also use them as part of the recruitment processes. If you’re self-employed you can also apply for a basic check.

Standard and enhanced criminal record checks

Also in 2018 we will be introducing online standard and enhanced checks for employers and organisations.

The system will allow you to:

  • register to create an online account with DBS
  • manage DBS check applications online
  • track the progress of DBS applications online and do status checks

These checks are needed for certain roles, especially when working with children and vulnerable adults or when applying for a taxi or private hire driver licence.

DBS  also offer an online eligibility tool to find out which criminal record check is right in each case.