The documents required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application are divided into 3 categories, depending on the type of document, and the information they confirm.

These categories are listed below and are based on the official DBS Guidance (updated June 2015). You can see the valid combination of documents here or the different types of criminal record check form here.

Group 1: Primary identity documents

Document Notes
Passport Any current and valid passport
Biometric residence permit UK
Current photocard driving licence
UK/Isle of Man/Channel Islands and EU (full or provisional). All licences must be valid in line with current DVLA requirements
Birth certificate – issued at time of birth

UK and Channel Islands – including those issued by UK authorities overseas, eg embassies, High Commissions and HM Forces

Adoption certificate

UK

 

Group 2a: Trusted government documents

Document Notes
Current driving licence – photo card (non-EU) All countries (full or provisional) (Excluding UK/Isle of Man/Channel Islands and EU). All licences must be valid in line with current DVLA requirements
Current driving licence – paper version UK/Isle of Man/Channel Islands and EU (full or provisional). All licences must be valid in line with current DVLA requirements
Birth certificate – issued after time of birth UK and Channel Islands
Marriage/civil partnership certificate UK and Channel Islands
HM Forces ID card UK
Firearms licence UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man

 

Group 2b: Financial and social history documents 

Document Notes Issue date and validity
Mortgage statement UK or EEA Issued in last 12 months
Bank or building society statement UK and Channel Islands or EEA Issued in last 3 months
Bank or building society account opening confirmation letter UK Issued in last 3 months
Credit card statement UK or EEA Issued in last 3 months
Financial statement, e.g. pension or endowment UK Issued in last 12 months
P45 or P60 statement UK and Channel Islands Issued in last 12 months
Council Tax statement UK and Channel Islands Issued in last 12 months
Work permit or visa UK Valid up to expiry date
Letter of sponsorship from future employment provider Non-UK or non-EEA only. Valid only for applicants residing outside of the UK at time of application Must still be valid
Utility bill UK – not mobile telephone bill Issued in last 3 months
Benefit statement, e.g. Child Benefit, Pension UK Issued in last 3 months
Central or local government, government agency, or local council document giving entitlement, e.g. from the Department for Work and Pensions, the Employment Service, HMRC UK and Channel Islands Issued in last 3 months
EU National ID card Must still be valid
Cards carrying the PASS accreditation logo UK and Channel Islands Must still be valid
Letter from head teacher or college principal UK – for 16 to 19 year olds in full time education. Only used in exceptional circumstances if other documents cannot be provided