Standard DBS Check

We're able to offer our fastest turnaround on Standard DBS online checks.

What is a Standard DBS Check?

A Standard DBS check will reveal the following criminal history:

  • Spent convictions
  • Unspent convictions
  • Cautions
  • Reprimands

Unlike the enhanced DBS check, the standard DBS check does not disclose any other police information, nor does it check the individual against the ISA Children's or Adults' barred lists. This means we can fast track the completion of the standard DBS online application much faster than an enhanced DBS check. However, the standard DBS check should not be used as a quicker alternative to an enhanced DBS check as individuals who work with children or vulnerable adults must apply for an enhanced DBS check, as the standard level is not applicable. Unsure what an enhanced DBS check is and what it involves? Get in touch here to find out.

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Who Needs a Standard DBS Check?

The standard DBS check is only suitable for certain occupations specified in the Exceptions Order to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974. To apply for a DBS check online, individuals must have their proof of ID and proof of address documents verified by their current or prospective employer.

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

How to Apply for a DBS Check Online

When you apply for a DBS check online, we can process your application quickly via our online form. Before you begin to apply for a Standard DBS check online, please gather the following original documents and information required:

This includes:

  • Valid passport or driving licence which shows your date of birth
  • National insurance number
  • Two of the following documents: utility bill, bank statement, mortgage or credit card statement with the current 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

Save Time and Money with our For Employers DBS Service

We offer an IDSP-accredited service, ideal for employers processing multiple online DBS check 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. The system prioritises integrity and security by providing employers with their own control pane, giving them more control over the DBS online application process. Employers can add new candidates, monitor the progress of current Standard DBS applications and see the results as soon as they're completed.


Multiple DBS Online Applications? Use our For Employers Process

If you are an employer that expects to process 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 Standard DBS Checks are processed by us takes five to ten working days after your employer has completed their ID verification until results are delivered. Standard DBS online applications received before 4 pm are processed on the next working day.


How Much is a Standard DBS Check?

No need to sign up. No sign up fees or one off checks.

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


Official DBS Fee



Admin Fee








Basic Standard certificate turnaround times

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

*Turnaround times for standard 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


Verify ID


Receive results

Is a standard 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)

It varies depending on the specific job or role you're applying for or currently occupying. A Basic DBS check is sufficient for all roles and can be requested by the individuals themselves. However, if the job or role mandates a standard or enhanced DBS check, it must be initiated by the employer. 

For the business owner's peace of mind and enhanced security, a Standard DBS Disclosure is invaluable. It encompasses the results of a Basic DBS, while also checking applicants for reprimands, warnings, cautions and both spent and unspent criminal convictions, including older ones.  


This comprehensive approach not only reduces the risk of internal fraud and employee theft but also safeguards stock and enhances workplace safety. As a result, it ensures that the recruitment process remains efficient and productive. 


The Standard DBS checks are only available for certain job roles, like Financial Advisers and accountants entering into the profession.  

Only an employer can request a standard DBS check due to the sensitive information it discloses 

Like other DBS checks, Standard DBS checks review records for as long as they are available from the police, which typically spans an individual's entire life. 

There is no official expiration date for any level of DBS check, including the Standard DBS Check.