DBS Update, September 2021

6 September 2021


Identity Checking during COVID

The DBS is still allowing scanned images or video link to view identity documents if you cannot meet the applicant in person, (the original identity documents must be presented on the first day of employment).

In recognition that there are delays in issuing UK passports, Expired UK Passports that are within 6 months of their expiry date can be accepted as if they were current. This does not apply to non-UK passports.

Applicants with Dual Citizenship should enter the current nationality on their DBS application form as British, so their ID can be checked through the UK National route.

Changes to the Identity Checking DBS List of Acceptable Documents

The DBS has amended the DBS Acceptable ID lists in line with the new right to work rules that came into effect on 1st July 2021. The new ID guidelines must be used from the 1st October 2021.

The Key changes to the DBS Lists of Acceptable ID are:

  • References to “EEA” and “Non-EEA” have been removed and replaced with “Non-UK National”.
  • The DBS ID List for UK Nationals (British citizens) REMAINS THE SAME.
  • The DBS ID List for Non-UK Nationals (i.e. current nationality is not British) will CHANGE.

The up-to-date guidelines on Identity Checking and Acceptable documentation are available to view by clicking on the ‘download’ button below.

Application Processing

If a DBS application is taking a long time at Stage 5 (Printing), this indicates that an additional check is being carried out by the DBS to identify whether any of the information being considered for release can be removed under the new DBS filtering rules. The DBS certificate will be issued in due course.

Manual Certificates

In some instances, the DBS issues a Manual DBS certificate which will be sent to the applicant’s home address. On the tracker it is shown as the application has been withdrawn but this is not the case, and the manual certificate is still issued.