Basic DBS Check

A Basic DBS Check is available to everyone regardless of their profession.

What is a Basic DBS Check?

Processed through the Disclosure and Barring Service, a Basic DBS check is a criminal record check with the lowest level of disclosure, available for candidates living or working in England or Wales. Basic DBS checks only contain details of unspent convictions according to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. If there are no unspent criminal convictions, the results of the online DBS check will simply state that there are no such convictions. A spent conviction will not be disclosed on a basic DBS check.

No sign up fees charged for one off checks, order instantly!

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Who Needs a Basic DBS Check?

Basic online DBS checks are designed to enable employers to confirm if a prospective employee has any current, unspent convictions which might be relevant to the job they are recruiting for. Self-employed workers may also complete a DBS online application in order to help them build trust with potential customers or clients, particularly if they work in a field that requires home visits.

A basic DBS check can be requested for any job position or purpose and will be carried out if the individual provides their consent. This is different from standard or enhanced DBS checks, which can only be requested for very specific job roles that involve working with children or vulnerable people.

Are you an Employer looking to submit multiple basic DBS applications?

How to Apply for a Basic DBS Check

We offer two ways to process your Basic DBS online applications - one for employers and one for individuals.

Account system for employers: We provide an IDSP-accredited, fully managed service for employers requiring multiple online Basic DBS checks via our unique account system.

Our innovative system allows employers to submit multiple online Basic DBS applications as well as require their candidates to ID verification online with the British/Irish passport. This way no manual ID verification of original documents will need to be undertaken separately. The manual ID verification route will continue to be available for employers who wish to do so. Employers can monitor their progress through their own online portal. Results are often received online within 24 hours. The information provided here is submitted directly for processing via the Disclosure and Barring Service, which reduces turnaround times.

Online application for basic DBS checks for individuals: Individuals can make a personal Basic DBS online application upon providing proof of identity (passport, driving licence) and proof of address (utility bill, bank statement) to their ID verifier (e.g. a potential employer). Candidates can also opt to add on the electronic ID verification if they have a British/Irish passport so that no manual ID checking will be required, however an ID verifier will still be required to make the hiring decision. These are some of the sectors that require a Basic DBS check:

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Multiple DBS Online Applications? Use our For Employers Process

If you are an employer that expects to process multiple DBS Checks, our For Employers service could be an excellent solution. This new service allows you to take control of the entire process. Clients are handed their own secure control panel from where they can add new candidates, monitor the progress of their applications and display results.

How Long Does an Standard DBS Check Take?

Most Basic DBS Checks are processed by us in 24 hours. Delays can occur when incorrect information has been submitted. When this happens, we will need to update your application before it progresses, which can make the process longer.

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Cost of Basic Disclosure Checks - No need to sign up

No sign up fees for one off checks

The current cost for one-off Basic Disclosure application is shown below.
For multiple applications, visit our DBS checks for Employers page to see applicable discounts

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Official DBS Fee

£18

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Admin Fee

£16.67

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VAT

£3.33

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Total

£38

Basic DBS certificate turnaround times

Results of an Enhanced DBS Check usually take 5 to 10 days* upon completion of the online verification.

*Turnaround times for enhanced DBS checks can vary, and can be increased if you have a
common name, have changed your name, have multiple addresses or have prior convictions.

The Submission Process

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Select DBScheck
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Make payment

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Complete form

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Verify ID

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Receive results

Is a Basic DBS Check right for you?

If you're not sure what type of DBS check you require, please don't hesitate to get in touch so that we can help steer you towards the correct online application.

Basic DBS Check

The Basic DBS, or Basic Disclosure, check is available to anyone, regardless of profession. This check can be requested by an individual or an employer and only contains details of unspent convictions.

Standard DBS Check

The Standard DBS, or Standard Disclosure, check is only available for certain professions. A Standard DBS check shows current and spent convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings held on the Police National Computer.

Enhanced DBS Check

An Enhanced DBS check can only be requested if the employer is eligible to request a disclosure under the Exceptions Order to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 and you are caring, training or closely supervising children or vulnerable adults.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

All DBS checks do not expire; however, it is up to employers to choose how often they conduct checks on their employees.  

The employer determines whether employees apply for Basic DBS checks. There are certain positions where a DBS check is mandatory, but not every role requires it. 

You cannot fail a Basic DBS Check. It will reveal an applicant’s unspent convictions or cautions. If there aren’t any unspent convictions or cautions, the check will come back empty. 

 

If any convictions or cautions do appear, the employer will decide how to proceed 

No type of DBS check will appear on credit reports, and DBS Checks will not impact your credit rating in any way. 

A fundamental aspect of a DBS check is its ability to retrieve records as far back as the police have them. However, it's important to note that only unspent convictions are revealed. Once a caution or conviction is considered spent, meaning it has been completed, it will not be visible on a Basic DBS check.