Disclosure and Barring Service Update

The Disclosure and Barring Service ('DBS'), formerly the Criminal Records Bureau, is launching its new Update Service on 17 June 2013. 

In addition, individuals are to be provided with greater control of their data through the ability to challenge the contents of their certificates before they are released to third parties.

Individuals can choose to subscribe to the Update Service for an annual fee of £13. This will keep their DBS certificate up to date so that they can take it with them when moving between jobs with similar checking requirements. 

If an individual has subscribed to the Update Service, their employer, or prospective employer, will be able to go online, with the individual’s consent, and carry out a free, instant check to find out if the information released on the DBS certificate is up to date.

Currently the DBS sends a copy of the certificate to both the individual and the registered person who countersigned the application. However, from 17 June, the DBS certificate will only be sent to the individual applicant. This will provide them with the opportunity to challenge any of the content before it is released to an employer or potential employer.

The DBS anticipates that the new system will speed up the recruitment process while also enhancing safeguarding processes; and employers will benefit from the free online status checks rather than making a new application each time they need to check an individual.

Detailed guidance explaining the service to applicants and employers is available on the DBS website.

If you have any queries relating to DBS certificates, I can be contacted on 01952 211010 or at