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Standard DBS and Enhanced DBS Checks

1.  What is a Standard or Enhanced DBS Check?

A DBS check is an in-depth criminal record check used to assess the suitability of a candidate for specific roles identified by the law.

It is usually obtained for people working with Children or Vulnerable Adults (e.g: in care or teaching roles or in schools or care homes) or for people working within the Financial or Legal sector.

There are 4 levels of DBS Check:

  1. Basic DBS: click here for more information
  2. Standard DBS
  3. Enhanced DBS (excluding the children and/or adults barred list checks)
  4. Enhanced DBS (including the children and/or adults barred list checks)

Each level of DBS check searches different criminal record information.  

Standard DBS and Enhanced DBS checks are strictly regulated by the law.  Standard DBS and Enhanced DBS checks can only be obtained for certain roles which have been identified by the law as eligible for a Standard DBS or Enhanced DBS check.

For further information on the searches that each level of DBS check includes and for DBS eligibility information to find out which roles are eligible for which level of DBS check, please refer to our "Types of DBS" web page.

We provide online DBS checks to companies and individuals:

  • Individuals:  If you are an Individual who needs a Standard DBS or Enhanced DBS check please go to our sister website:
  • Companies:  To use our online DBS application service please create an account.  It is free and under no obligation.  More information about the online DBS checking service we offer to companies is provided below

2.  Getting Started: How to obtain a Standard or Enhanced DBS Check?

Please choose from the 5 xoptions below.  You will be re-directed to the appropriate service.

  • Two or more Standard or Enhanced DBS Checks required:

You will be re-directed to our "Create Account" page so you can create an account with us and start within 1 working day.  Note: creating an account is free and under no obligation.

  • Only 1 x Standard DBS or 1 x Enhanced DBS Check is required: 

You will be re-directed to our sister website ( which provides a DBS service to providers who require 1 x DBS check.

3.  The Standard & Enhanced DBS Application Process:

Click here for further information on the DBS application process.

4.  Questions?

Any other questions?  Please refer to our Standard DBS & Enhanced DBS FAQ page.


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