Basic DBS Check For Individuals

Should you need a visa, personal alcohol licence or are looking to do voluntary work, a Basic DBS (CRB) Check may be required or in some cases essential. Self-employed individuals often apply for a Basic DBS Check as evidence of their background and character.

Have you been provided with login credentials by an employer?

Have you already created an account and started your application?

Are you ready to start your Basic DBS check on yourself?

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The Application Process

We are one of longest serving and industry leading umbrella bodies in the UK having worked with the DBS for over 18 years. We process more Basic Checks than any other independent company so it’s safe to say you’re in good hands.

1. Quick and Free signup

We can have your account set up in as little as 15 minutes

2. Complete online Application Form

Our dedicated expert advisors have over 100 years combined industry knowledge and are available via email, phone, webchat or our social media channels

3. Document Verification

We take the time to understand your needs in order to implement solutions that work for you

4. Application Submission

Our accuracy rate with the DBS is 99.8% as every single one of our applications is thoroughly checked by our experienced administrators

5. Application Completed

Our simple and stress-free process enables you to submit your application within minutes

6. Certificate Issued

Same day processing enables quick turnaround for applications

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, as Stage 4 of the application is the Police Search stage, some Basic DBS Checks have been known to take longer than this as they get caught in backlogs due to limited police resources.

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.

Your identity will need to certified by a Registered Professional as part of your application so before you begin, please familiarise yourself with the list given here of who can certify the documents on your behalf.

Most Registered Professionals will not charge you for this service but we always recommend asking somebody that you know with one of the job titles given on the list to make sure.

If you choose to receive a digital copy of your certificate, you won’t be able to get a paper certificate at a later date.

If you choose to receive a paper copy of the certificate, you will be given the option by the DBS to view and allow others to view your certificate using their platform. Please contact the DBS directly for more details.

This is a rule that has been enforced by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and as an Umbrella Body, we have to abide by these rules when processing applications on your behalf.

It is really important to choose the correct option when completing your application to avoid potentially having to complete another application in order to gain a paper certificate or to be able to view your certificate online.

You can still apply for a Basic DBS Check for a job in the UK. However,  you may experience delays with the delivery of your certificate.

Understandably, certificates that are being posted outside of the UK will naturally take longer than those within the UK however, we will always endeavour to process your application the same day to give it the best chance of reaching you as quickly as possible.

If you have been asked by an organisation that does not intend to pay for your check or you are self employed click on the apply now button above.

If the organisation has provided you with login credentials, that means they are registered with Disclosure Services and you need to apply on our Client portal rather than our Individual portal.

You can log into our Client Portal here

Should you continue to process and pay for an Individual Basic DBS Check, this check will be quality checked by our team and sent to the DBS for a certificate to be created.

Therefore, we will be unable to offer you a refund for unwanted applications or applications that have submitted through the wrong portal.

Firstly, don’t panic. We see thousands of Basic level applications that don’t include a Passport or Driving Licence as part of the evidence that they have submitted.

If you are an EEA-National and don’t have a Passport or Driving Licence, you can still use other Primary Identity Documents to allow you to use Route 1.

These are:

  • Current Biometric residence permit – UK
  • Birth certificate (issued within 12 months of birth) – UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands
  • Adoption Certificate. These will allow you to still submit your application through Route 1 – UK and Channel Islands

If you don’t have any Primary Identity Documents, you can still use Route 2 to apply for your Basic DBS Check. To apply through this route, you must be able to show:

  • 1 Trusted Government Document
  • 2 further Trusted Government Documents or Financial/Social History documents.

The combination of documents presented must confirm the applicant’s name, address and date of birth.

If you are a non-EEA National and don’t have a Passport or Driving Licence, you can still use other documents, a list of which can be found here

If an applicant is unable to provide the documentation set out by the DBS, they cannot submit an application for a DBS Basic check.

Whether you’re an EEA or non-EEA National, more information on the types of documents that you can use as part of your application can be found on the DBS website by clicking here.