During The Checking Process

The criminal record checking process for transgender applicants

July 3rd, 2024 by Jonathan Bazely

I am a transgender applicant, what is the DBS process? The law requires that applicants disclose all previous names and addresses to the DBS so that they can process an application correctly, and return accurate results. In accordance with the Gender Recognition Act 2004 the DBS have a process to allow applicants to disclose previous […]

What happens if there is a change in personal circumstances?

October 18th, 2016 by Jonathan Bazely

Common queries relating to changes in personal circumstances and criminal record checks. Below are some of the most common queries in relation to changes in personal circumstances and applying for a criminal record or DBS check. These changes may have an influence on what happens during the checking process or when applying for a new check. I […]

Where is my DBS / CRB check and why is it taking so long?

July 6th, 2016 by Jonathan Bazely

Where is my DBS Certificate? Waiting for your DBS/CRB Certificate to be processed can be a frustrating time. This is especially true when you are required to have a Disclosure before starting work or taking up a volunteering role. The length of time taken by the DBS to issue a Certificate is not a sign […]

Can I use a c/o address for my application?

February 10th, 2014 by Jonathan Bazely

The DBS will allow applicants living overseas to use a ‘Care of’ address, as they are unlikely to receive their Certificate at their home address, as the DBS may not post their Certificate. The applicant must provide permission for their Certificate to be sent to this address, and the form must clearly identify this as […]

I receive online statements / utility bills, what can I do?

October 3rd, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

The documents that a Registered Body can accept in support of an Enhanced/Standard Disclosure application are defined by the Disclosure and Barring Service. In the official guidance, they specify that original documents must be used, and photocopies or documents printed by an applicant are not acceptable. Excluded from this list of acceptable documents are mobile […]

How long does it take to get a Disclosure?

March 14th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

Disclosure turnaround times vary according to several factors. The national average is approximately 14 days for an Enhanced Disclosure, although this figure can vary significantly. When evaluating the total time taken to obtain a DBS Certificate it is important to look at each stage of the process. Firstly the applicant must complete the form, and […]

Do the Prepaid bundles of ID checks expire?

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

The ID checks you purchase in advance do not have an expiry date. If you purchase a 50 check bundle and only use 40 over the year you will still have 10 checks to use as and when required after that. Apart from buying a pack of checks what other cost are there? None. DDC […]

What does it mean if an applicant fails an ID Check?

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

If an external ID validation check comes back as a fail it does not mean the applicant has done anything wrong or has necessarily provided incorrect details. To pass a Route 2 check the applicant must meet the requirements set-out by Government standards, for a Level 2 (remote) application. This means that they must be […]

Can I use the e-Bulk system for Basic-level checks or PVG applications?

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

The e-Bulk system can be used to apply for Standard and Enhanced DBS checks. Basic level disclosure applications are still submitted electronically but via a web service to the DBS and Disclosure Scotland. Unfortunately, there is currently no bulk upload facility for PVG applications. Disclosure Scotland have committed to a modernisation programmes (as of November […]

What documents are required for a criminal record check?

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

The documentary requirements when applying for a check depend on the type of check required. Scottish residents applying to join the PVG Scheme are subject to certain requirements, which are detailed on our PVG Scheme page. Basic checks require different document types, which are detailed on our ‘Basic Checks‘ page. The document requirements for Standard […]