Enhanced DBS checks

Enhanced DBS Checks

Requesting your enhanced DBS checks has never been easier. You can be processing your DBS checks the same day with DDC’s free registration and set-up.

Enhanced DBS checks are the highest level of check available in the UK and are generally required for roles involving working with vulnerable groups. As a registered umbrella body with the Disclosure and Barring Service, processing over 150,000 checks annually we are committed to compliance and efficiency.


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Manage and track the status of each of your applications from your online client area.

Service to suit your needs

With bespoke packages and a flexible system, DDC can accommodate all sectors, structures and organisations.

DDC’s advanced online platform provides a secure, reliable and compliant process to request enhanced DBS checks on your staff or volunteers. The online system provides a quick and easy process saving your organisation time and resource. 

What is an Enhanced DBS check?

An enhanced DBS check is the highest level of DBS, criminal record check, available in the UK. Used to help organisations make safer recruitment decisions. these checks are subject to the strictest eligibility criteria and are only available for those working in regulated activity.

What does an Enhanced DBS check show?

An enhanced DBS check will show details of any spent or unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings recorded on the Police National Computer (PNC), plus a check of the records held by the local police force where an applicant has resided*. An additional check of the barred list can be requested for individuals who are working or volunteering in regulated activity with children and/or vulnerable adults.  The information disclosed on an individual’s certificate is also subject to the DBS filtering rules which removes old and minor conviction information, within set time-frames.

FAQ: What are the DBS Filtering Rules for criminal check certificates?

Who can request an Enhanced DBS check?

The Enhanced DBS check is for roles included in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 plus the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) Regulations. The enhanced check is designed for organisations placing individuals in a position of trust with children and/or adults. If the role does not fall within these requirements then an employing/recruiting organisation must not request an enhanced level check, but may wish to opt for a standard or basic level check. Common roles eligible for an enhanced DBS check include:

  • Teachers and school staff
  • Doctors, Nurses and Carers
  • Volunteering with children
  • Contractors on school site
  • Dentists

How much does an Enhanced DBS check cost?

The DBS fee for an enhanced check is £38.00 for individuals who are performing a paid role. If you are checking a volunteer, the DBS do not charge an application fee.

FAQ: What is the DBS definition of a volunteer? 

Read more about costs and prices.

Digital Identity for DBS checks

Get started with Digital Identity for your enhanced DBS checks today. Using the DDC ID App, digital identity streamlines the identity checking process for DBS checks making the process more efficient for everyone. Applicants can now use their smart phone to scan and read their chip-enabled British passport, and then use the camera to match the pictures in the document.

To find out more see our Digital Identity page

Get started todayRegistration is quick, easy and FREE

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How long does an Enhanced DBS check take?

Enhanced DBS checks on average take 8 days to be issued by the DBS, with 67% being returned within less than 5 working days. 

How to apply for an Enhanced DBS check?

If you require enhanced checks for your employees or volunteers, register your organisation with DDC. Our system is flexible and can be tailored to accommodate your requirements. Once registered, you can request and manage your DBS applications via your personal DDC Client Area. DDC provide you with fast reliable results helping you make safer recruitment decisions.

Do you require bulk processing?

If you require a bulk of enhanced DBS checks or high-volume processing, please speak to one of our experts to discuss your requirements in more detail. 0116 260 3055 | 0845 644 3298 or newenquiries@ddc.uk.net.

*Please note that any local police force has the right to send application details to another local police force if they believe they may hold information relevant to the application.