DBS Check

The applicant must provide a range of ID documents as part of the DBS check application process. As an employer you must:

  • follow the three route ID checking process as outlined in our guidance using the list of groups 1, 2a and 2b documents
  • check and validate the information provided by the applicant on the application form/ continuation sheet
  • establish the true identity of the applicant through the examination of a range of documents as set out in this guidance
  • make sure the applicant provides details of all names by which they have been known
  • make sure the applicant provides details of all addresses where they have lived in the last five years
  • check that the application form is fully completed and the information it contains is accurate. Failing to do this can result in delays

If there are any discrepancies in the information provided by the applicant and/or the identity documents supplied, and fraud is not suspected, please ask the applicant to clarify. If you don’t do this it may compromise the integrity of the DBS service and introduce risk to your recruitment or licensing arrangements.

As an employer you must not attempt to amend the application form without the applicant’s knowledge and agreement. Doing this will invalidate the declaration by the applicant and may breach data protection legislation.

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