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Apply Online

  1. Visit the Government of United Kingdom (GOV.UK) website to apply online via this link: Apply Online
  2. Read the instructions carefully and click on the “Star now” tab to commence your application but first you will need to validate your Identity.
  3. Once you have opened the new page (Validating your Identity), click on the check box to agree to the terms and if need, please open the hyperlink “privacy policy” to read and understand the provided policy then check and click on the “Continue” tab to go to next page.
  4. In the next page, there are two option for validating your identity; you can opt for the GOV.UK to verify or by European digital identity method according to the EU country you come from.
  5. With the GOV.UK, click on the “Use GOV.UK Verify” tab and in the next page choose, if you have an account to sign in or to create an account. If you don’t have one you can create an account by clinking on “Continue”, fill the questioner accordingly then submit it by hitting the “Continue” tab and create an account using one of the certified companies provided and complete you Identity verification
  6. You will receive a feedback in your email account with your verified identification status.
  7. Proceed and complete the application and pay the application fee.
  8. Upon completion of processing the application, the DBS certificate will be sent to you via the mailing address you provided.

Employer Application
You can request a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on behalf of an employee by:

  1. Choose a certified company for the listed responsible organization registered with the DBS to process the check.
  2. Once you have, submitted the application through the company of your choice, you will receive a notification in your email with the payment details.
  3. Pay the required service charge and application fees as prescribed by the company.
  4. Then the company will carry out the check and notify you of the outcome once it is complete via your contacts.
  5. They will send the DBS certificate to your through your post.

Request by Post Office

  • Start by filling the online request platform through this link Online Request and submit your requested original documents to the post office for verification and processing, pay the required application fees and your DBS certificate will be processed and sent you via your postal address

Request through Certified Companies

  • You can submit your application through certified private companies that provide DBS services, note that the companies have different policies. View the list of registered companies with the DBS through this list: List of Registered Companies

Required Documents

  • All your addresses for the last 5 years and the dates you lived there
  • Your National Insurance number
  • Your passport
  • Your driving license

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Office Locations & Contacts

DBS customer Services
PO Box 3961
Royal Wootton Bassett
Telephone: 0300 0200 190
Welsh: 0300 0200 191
Minicom: 0300 0200 192
International: +44 151 676 9390
Email: [email protected]
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm (9am to 5pm for appeals and disputes)
Saturday, 10am to 5pm



  • You Must be based in England or Wales to apply for a standard or enhanced DBS check

Refer to this link for more details: Eligibility Related Information


  • Application fees is 23 Euro
  • You can pay for a basic DBS check yourself or you can get someone to pay for you for example, an employer or relative.
  • You can pay with a debit or credit card. You can also use Google Pay or Apple Pay.
  • If you pay the fee yourself, you need to pay it when you apply.
  • If someone else pays, they must pay the fee within 10 days of your application being submitted.


  • The Certificate does not have any validity period

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Processing Time

  • 14 working days

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  • You can view your certificate using their DBS online account : DBS Online Account after logging in, select ‘Manage DBS checks’, request a one-time passcode and enter the required security information. Your DBS applications will then be shown, and you can view the necessary certificate.

Required Information

  • Full Names
  • Address Details
  • Documents details

Need for the Document

  • This DBS certificate is requested by employers at the time they are employing you and it states past criminal record

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

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