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:
- Spent convictions
- Unspent convictions
- 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.
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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.
- 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 need to sign up No sign up fees for one off checks.
The current cost for one-off Enhanced Disclosure application is shown below.
For multiple applications, visit our DBS checks for Employers page to see applicable discounts.
Official DBS 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
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Is an Enhanced DBS Check right for you?
Basic DBS CheckThe 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 CheckThe 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 CheckAn 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.