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DBS Update Service

The DBS update service lets applicants keep their DBS certificates up to date online and allows employers to check a certificate online.

Employers and other organisations

Employers and other organisations can check an existing DBS certificate status online and get a result straight away. This relies on the applicant registering for the Update Service directly themselves at the time they apply for a certificate. There’s no registration process or fee for employers to check a certificate online, but employers must:

  • be legally entitled to carry out a check
  • have the worker’s permission

Read the detailed guidance for employers.

Applicants – How to register

You can register online with your application form reference number as soon as the DBS have received your application form and logged it on to their system. Or you can wait and register with your certificate number when you receive your DBS certificate. If so, you must do so within 19 days of the certificate being issued. You can view your details online once you’ve registered on the DBS tracking system. Registration lasts for 1 year and costs £13 per year (payable by debit or credit card only). There’s no charge if you’re a volunteer. You’ll get an ID number with your registration that you need to log on to the service.

What you get

When you join, you’ll get an online account that lets you:

  • take your certificate from one job to the next
  • give employers permission to check your certificate online, and see who has checked it
  • add or remove a certificate

Please note – If you’ve lost your certificate and are subscribed to the Update Service, you will need to apply for a new one as the DBS cannot issue a replacement. You will then need to add the new certificate to your Update Service account and remove the old one.

Read the detailed guidance for applicants for more information.