Enhanced DBS Check

Enhanced DBS Check

We process enhanced DBS checks online for both individuals and organisations across England and Wales.

What is an Enhanced DBS Check?

The enhanced DBS check is the highest level required for positions that involve caring for, training, supervising or sole charge of children or vulnerable adults. The check includes details of all convictions on record, whether spent or unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA). This means that even minor convictions are included on the enhanced disclosure. This is the criminal history that will be disclosed on an enhanced DBS check:

  1. Spent convictions
  2. Unspent convictions
  3. Cautions
  4. Warnings
  5. Reprimands
  6. Checks against ISA barred lists

In addition to this information, all enhanced checks involve an extra level of check with your local police force records in addition to checks with the Police National Computer (PNC). Plus, your details will be checked against the government department lists held by the Department for Education and Skills and the Department of Health, where appropriate.

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Who Needs an Enhanced DBS Check?

Individuals may only apply for an enhanced DBS online check if their employer has requested one under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA). An employer can only request an enhanced DBS check if the individual is already employed by them, or an offer of employment has been made and is pending the receipt of a DBS check.

Enhanced DBS checks can only be requested if the individual is set to train, supervise or be in sole charge of children or vulnerable adults. People working in teaching or in the medical professional field are often required to apply for an enhanced check online.

Are you an Employer looking to submit more than 10 enhanced DBS applications? Apply for an account with us

How do you Complete an Enhanced DBS Check?

When you apply for an Enhanced DBS online with us, it will be processed via our secure IDSP-accredited online platform, designed for employers, putting security and integrity first. This system is otherwise only available to high volume users.

Thanks to this system, we are able to provide the results within days instead of weeks. Before you begin to apply for an Enhanced DBS check, please gather the following original documents and information required.

This includes:

  • A valid passport or driving licence with your date of birth
  • National insurance number
  • Two of the following documents: A utility bill, bank statement, mortgage or credit card statement with full home address.
  • You can opt to add online ID verification to your DBS check if you have a British/Irish passport, so that original documents do not need to be provided to your ID verifier. You will however continue to require an ID verifier to make the hiring decision.

Multiple DBS Online Applications? Use our For Employers Process

If you are an employer that expects to process multiple enhanced DBS online, 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 Enhanced DBS Check Take?

Most enhanced DBS processed by us take five to ten working days after your employer has completed their ID verification, until results are delivered. Enhanced DBS online applications received before 4pm are processed on the next working day.


How Much is an Enhanced DBS Check?

No account required No sign up fees for one off checks.

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


Official DBS Fee



Admin Fee








Enhanced 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


Select DBScheck


Make payment


Complete form


Select DBScheck option


Receive results

Is an Enhanced 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)

For an individual to undergo an Enhanced DBS check, they must consistently be engaging in one or more of the following activities while working (volunteer or paid): 


  • Providing healthcare for people over the age of 18 as a professional or under the supervision of one. 
  • Assisting adults due to their age, illness or disability with hands-on care needs, such as bathing, dressing, eating, drinking, and using the toilet. This can also involve guiding, supervising, or teaching these tasks to other workers. 
  • Social work services provided by a social care worker, as necessitated by health or social service requirements. 
  • Facilitation of financial tasks such as managing cash, bills or shopping for adults due to age, illness or disability. 
  • Managing an adult's personal affairs under formal appointment. 
  • Transportation assistance for adults because of increased age, illness or disability, to and from locations that include their home and health and care institutions. 
  • All unsupervised contact with children including being on a premises with children more than 3 times a month, even if there is no contact with them.  

We regularly offer promotional deals on our services, so be sure to keep an eye out for them. For employers that require multiple checks, you can look at our e-bulk discounted prices here 

By law, only employers can request individuals to carry out Enhanced DBS Checks. However, anyone over the age of 16 can apply for a Basic DBS check. 

A Basic DBS check and an Enhanced DBS check are two separate checks. This means if you currently have a Basic check and your employer has requested you undertake an Enhanced check, you must still go through the standard application process.  

For all types of DBS checks (basic, standard or enhanced), there is no official expiry date. Certain employers may ask employees to perform regular checks to keep them up to date.  

Like all DBS checks (whether basic, standard or enhanced), they extend as far back as the records held by the police for the individual. Similar to Standard DBS Checks, but unlike Basic ones, an Enhanced Check includes both spent and unspent convictions. 

Typically, the cost of this check is paid for by employers. With that being said, there is no regulation stating that employers must pay. If there is any uncertainty, please contact your employer.  

The check discloses the applicant's criminal history. It's then the responsibility of the potential employer or organisation to determine how to interpret this information. 


Typically, it's convictions related to violence, sexual offences or repeated instances of fraud that may lead to a negative outcome in a DBS check. However, this determination can vary based on the specific requirements of the job. Other factors that might result in an unfavourable outcome in an Enhanced DBS Check include providing false information on your application and poor credit history.