As an individual, you are eligible to apply for a Basic DBS Check “Basic Disclosure”.
This check is available to anyone working in England and Wales.
The basic check is a certificate which will show any
unspent criminal convictions and conditional cautions.

Why choose Disclosure Services?

Over the last 17 years, we have established ourselves to be the UK’s No. 1 processor of Basic DBS Checks. Our simple and stress free application process is supported by our highly experienced advisors who between them, have over 100 years worth of industry knowledge


The Process

Our application process is quick and easy

  • Quick and free signup

  • Complete application form

  • Documents verification

  • Application Submitted

  • Application completed

  • Paper certificate posted

The Process

Our application process is quick and easy

Application process for basic DBS check for individuals

Our Price


Our Admin Fee

Verify Fee







Our Price
DBS Fee£25
Admin Fee£10
Verify Fee£7.20

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Basic check for individuals

To make completing the application form as stress free and as quick as possible, please have the following information (where applicable) to hand:

  • Full address history for the last 5 years
  • National Insurance number
  • In date Passport (with current address)
  • In date Driving Licence (with current address)
  • Dates of any name changes (mm/yyyy)
  • Mother’s Maiden Name (for Scottish applications only)

In order to confirm your personal details you are required by the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) to supply a minimum of 2 identity documents.

To see the Individual application guidance please click here

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Basic check for individuals

There are a number of reasons why an individual may need a Basic DBS Check:

  • Employment
  • Visa
  • Personal Alcohol Licence
  • Character Reference/Background

As an individual, you will not be able to apply for this yourself.

The DBS state that an individual cannot apply for a Standard or Enhanced level check. The reasons for this are as follows:

  • An individual cannot authorise and verify their own ID. If they proceeded to do so, their disclosure would immediately become invalid and removed from the system.
  • Individuals cannot ask themselves exempt questions i.e. do you have any criminal convictions?
  • Enhanced and Standard level checks require a disclosure recipient who is going to make an informed recruitment decision

A self-employed person who is eligible for a Standard or Enhanced DBS Check can ask the organisation that wishes to contract their services to apply for the check on their behalf.

Please ask them to register with us here

Individuals living or working in Scotland should still apply to Disclosure Scotland directly.

The easiest way to pay for your check is using a Credit/Debit Card but we also offer the option to pay using Apple pay.

Applying for a Basic Check as an individual is easy. Click on the orange ‘Apply Now’ button above to get started.

A Basic DBS check can complete within hours or even minutes. Our fastest turnaround time is 12 minutes but on average they usually take between 3-5 working days.

However, please be aware that the police and the DBS have a service level agreement of 60 days and once the application is with the DBS, there is no way to fast-track it or speed the application along.

  • Your five-year address history
  • Your National Insurance number
  • A debit or credit card
  • Proof of ID (e.g. passport, driving licence, birth certificate)
  • Proof of address (e.g. utility bill, council tax bill, bank statement)

An Individual Basic check shows all unspent convictions and conditional cautions that are held on the Police National Computer (PNC)

A DBS Check will not have an expiry date and there is no specific period for which they are valid. However, a DBS check is only as good as the day it is printed so it is good practice to renew your DBS certificates every 3 years.