Request a basic DBS check
To get a copy of your criminal record, you must apply for the Basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This is referred to as ‘A basic disclosure’. The cost is around £18. People working in England and Wales can be issued with it.
Individuals living in Northern Ireland or Scotland can only be issued a basic DBS check if the job they are applying for is in Wales or England.
If you are applying for a job in Scotland or Northern Ireland, there is another way of applying for basic DBS.
Here, the check will only include the convictions that are not ‘spent’ and other regulated activity. For instance, certain types of cautions will disappear after three months.
Another requirement is that one has to be 16 years and above to be eligible to apply.
To receive your certificate, you will have to wait for 14 days.
Here’s what you will need
Applicants will be required to submit the following in order to apply for a DBS check.
All the dates & addresses of your residence for the past five years
Your National Insurance number
And driving licence
The service is open from 8 am to 11:30 pm. The online application is open from 8 am to 11.30 pm every day.
Before you start
It is important to ensure that the basic DBS check you have chosen is the correct one for you. However, certain roles will require your employer to apply for a criminal check of a higher level.
Hence, you should first ascertain the basic DBS check you need. You can also consider asking your employer if you are in doubt.
How to pay
You can pay for the basic DBS check yourself or get someone else like an employer or relative to do it for you.
You can use your debit or credit card for making payments. The other alternative is the use of Google Pay or Apple Pay.
In the event that you are paying for yourself, you must note that you will need to pay when applying.
And in case you are expecting someone else to pay for you, they must do it within ten days after you submit your application.