DBS Checks2024-04-04T13:02:42+01:00

DBS Checks

We deliver three levels of online DBS checks – Basic DBS Check, Standard DBS Check and Enhanced DSB Checks. With MyVetting.com, these checks are carried out online to protect vulnerable people in society in both work and leisure time.

Basic, Standard and Enhanced DBS Checks. What is a DBS check? 

DBS checks enable employers to check criminal records before people start working with them or after several years of employment with them. This is most usually 3 years, however some roles require annual DBS checks. A DBS check allows potential employers to assess and decide if an applicant is suitable for the role and for their organisation. A DBS check is also used to decide whether they are suitable to work with children or vulnerable adults. 

What does DBS mean? 

DBS is the shortened name for the Disclosure and Barring Service. It is the public body that is responsible for completing DBS checks, although employers can use MyVetting.com as your DBS check provider. 

MyVetting.com allows you to run employee and volunteer DBS check online, with an easy-to-use dashboard where you can check, manage and track your checks. 

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Basic DBS


Basic DBS Government fee



MyVetting Handling Fee




  • Basic (24h), Data-Encrypted Online System

  • Approved UK Home Office Provider

  • Powered by Digital Identity Validation Technology (IDVT)

  • Live Status Updates

  • Expert Customer Support

  • Our fees range from £6.00 to £11.00 (inc. VAT) depending on the number of checks required annually.

Standard DBS


Basic DBS Government fee



MyVetting Handling Fee




  • Data-Encrypted Online System

  • Standard Checks in 5-10 working days

  • Approved UK Home Office Provider

  • Powered by Digital Identity Validation Technology (IDVT)

  • Live Status Updates

  • Expert Customer Support

  • Our fees range from £6.00 to £11.00 (inc. VAT) depending on the number of checks required annually

Enhanced DBS


Enhanced DBS Government Fee



MyVetting Handling Fee




  • Enhanced Checks in 5-10 working days

  • Data-Encrypted Online System

  • Approved UK Home Office Provider

  • Powered by Digital Identity Validation Technology (IDVT)

  • Live Status Updates

  • Expert Customer Support

  • Our fees range from £6.00 to £11.00 (inc. VAT) depending on the number of checks required annually

Volunteer DBS


Government fee



MyVetting Handling Fee




  • Data-Encrypted Online System

  • Volunteer Checks in 5-10 working days

  • Approved UK Home Office Provider

  • Powered by Digital Identity Validation Technology (IDVT)

  • Live Status Updates

  • Expert Customer Support

  • Our fees range from £6.00 to £11.00 (inc. VAT) depending on the number of checks required annually

Is the DBS the same as CRB?

DBS checks are an updated version of the CRB check. The DBS was created when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) merged with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).  

Prior to the merge, employers accessed criminal record data through CRB Checks, and checked potential employees against lists that contained lists of adults that are barred from working with vulnerable adults and children. The DBS means that both these checks can be carried out by the same body, running four types of DBS checks on applicants.  

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DBS Checks

What Types of DBS checks are there?

People often think that there are three types of DBS checks but there are six types of DBS checks. 

The six types of DBS check 

  • Basic DBS check 
  • Standard DBS check 
  • Enhanced DBS check 
  • Volunteer Enhanced DBS check 
  • Enhanced DBS checks with Children’s Barred List 
  • Enhanced DBS checks with Adults’ Barred List 
  • Enhanced DBS checks with all Barred Lists 

As an applicant, even for a voluntary role, you won’t have to decide which DBS check you need. The organisation running the check will identify which DBS check you are eligible for and inform you. 

Types of DBS checks

The type of DBS check required depends on the role offered. Certain roles, for example in education or healthcare, will require working in close contact with children and vulnerable adults and so will need a DBS Enhanced check. However, this will may not be the same across all roles. Please note that the DBS checks criminal records for roles in England and Wales, with other rules for criminal records checks in Northern Ireland and Scotland.   

Basic DBS Check
A basic DBS check shows unspent convictions and conditional cautions 

Standard DBS Check
A standard check shows spent and unspent convictions and cautions 

Enhanced DBS Check
An enhanced check shows spent and unspent convictions and cautions, along with any information held by local police that’s considered relevant 

Enhanced check with barred lists
An Enhanced check with barred lists shows spent and unspent convictions and cautions, any relevant information held by local police and whether the applicant is on the list of people barred from doing the role. 

Organisations that carry out criminal records checks must have an employment policy for ex-offenders and share it with applicants that request to see it.  

Can I check my own record? 

Yes, you can check your own criminal record but you may only request a basic DBS check for yourself. A self-requested basic DBS check, called basic disclosure, will show you any convictions that are not ‘spent’, also known as unspent convictions. 

What is a Spent Conviction? 

A spent conviction is a one which can effectively be ignore after a set amount of time, under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. The amount of time depends on the sentence that was imposed, rather than the offence. You may find that some convictions will never become spent, whereas some cautions may become spent within a few months.   

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 was created to support rehabilitation and ensure that certain convictions do not trail people throughout their lives.   

Some roles mean that spent convictions and cautions do not have to be declared and employers cannot refuse to employ someone with spent convictions. However, there are many roles with stringent rules around who may or may not work in them.  

When should I repeat a DBS check 

DBS checks do not expire, however the check is only accurate at the moment of completion. It is best practice to create a programme of DBS check renewals for your staff.   

Benefits of online DBS checks for employers? 

MyVetting.com’s DBS online checks are: 

  • Affordable 
  • Reliable 
  • Secure 
  • Fast 

We’ve created a technology-driven solution to improve the DBS experience for everyone. For employers, we’ve dramatically reduced the time, resource and financial investment required to run checks – especially when compared to traditional paper DBS checks.  

To run checks on MyVetting.com simply register for free, buy checks and send them in a few clicks. Affordable, you can bulk buy your checks and send them throughout the year. You can access your DBS login at MyVetting.com and send, manage and track checks from your DBS portal. Applicants can also access their DBS login to track their checks through the Applicant Portal. 

As a Pre-Approved UK Home Office Provider, with our checks powered by Digital Identity Validation Technology (IDVT), MyVetting.com can be both quick and secure.  

MyVetting.com is an encrypted system that delivers Basic DBS Checks in under 48 hours and 5 to 10 days for Standard and Enhanced DBS Checks.

Why get DBS Checks for your employees?

In many cases, DBS checks for your employees or volunteers is a legal requirement.  

Safeguarding is essential across many sectors, such as healthcare and education. Vulnerable adults and children must legally be safeguarded and DBS checks were created to ensure that unsuitable individuals could not work in roles that required regulated activity with  vulnerable people.  

The HR function can work at high speed and under great pressure – but getting vetting checks wrong is unthinkable. At MyVetting.com, we’ve developed a fast, secure and robust system that allows HR professionals to check at speed and in confidence. 

Did you know?
Your applicants also have access to their own dashboard where they can upload their data and track their checks. 


Frequently asked questions

What is a DBS check?2024-01-12T11:42:57+00:00

A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) is a check of an individual’s criminal history. The level of check will depend on the amount of information that is accessed from police intelligence records and the DBS barred list information. All levels of DBS checks are to help employers and organisations to recruit both employees and volunteers more safely. DBS Checks were formerly known as the CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check.

What is a CRB check?2024-01-12T11:42:27+00:00

The DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Check has taken the place of the CRB check. The introduction of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 saw the closure of the CRB and ISA (Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA), with the Disclosure and Barring Service opened in its place. DBS is now responsible for checking that had previously been carried out by CRB and ISA.

What types of DBS checks are there?2024-01-12T11:41:57+00:00

There are three types (or levels) of DBS check – Basic, Standard or Enhanced. At MyVetting.com, we carry out all three levels of DBS Checks.

Basic Check – A Basic DBS Check shows all of the applicant/s’ unspent convictions. A Basic DBS Check can be applied for either by a company or by an individual.

Standard Check – A standard DBS check is more detailed than the basic check, and in addition to disclosing any of your unspent convictions, a standard check may disclose older information which is felt to be relevant to the position which you are applying for. Standard checks are mostly used for positions in financial services or the justice system, so things like theft or fraud convictions might be of particular interest. Decisions about what to disclose are made on a case-by-case basis.

Enhanced Check – An Enhanced DBS Check is mandatory for roles that involve children and/or vulnerable adults, whether in paid employment or volunteering. An Enhanced DBS Check will show all spent and unspent criminal convictions and reprimands. An Enhanced DBS is checked against the Police National Computer and the children and adults barred lists.

Do I need a DBS Check?2024-01-12T11:41:02+00:00

If you are an applicant, your employer or lead organisation should be able to tell you if you need a DBS Check. They can use the UK Government Eligibility Tool to check as required and it will indicate whether an employee or volunteer needs a DBS Check for a specific role and also what level of check they need. Businesses and organisations will be liable legally if safeguarding is compromised when working with children and/or vulnerable adults. To prevent safeguarding issues, all eligible staff and volunteers should be checked as indicated by the Eligibility Tool.

What DBS check do employees need?2024-01-12T11:40:52+00:00

It is the responsibility of the employer or organisation to decide on the level of disclosure for an employee or volunteer. This may be guided by the role and/or the environment they will work in, for example in a caring or coaching role. The UK Government Eligibility Tool can help you to identify what level of DBS Check is required.

Is a DBS check a legal requirement?2024-01-12T11:39:03+00:00

A business or organisation is legally responsible for ensuring an individual can apply for a particular role. Employers and organisations are legally obliged to check and confirm, via DBS Check, that anyone working for their organisation with or near children and vulnerable adults has not been barred from working with either adults or children.

Can you fail a DBS check?2024-01-12T11:36:46+00:00

You cannot fail a DBS check as a DBS Check will only show whether an applicant has a criminal record or not. It is the employer’s decision as to whether an applicant is suitable for employment.

Who owns the DBS certificate?2024-01-12T11:36:38+00:00

A DBS Certificate belongs to the person whose name is printed on the certificate. It should be made available to your employer.

How long does a DBS certificate last?2024-01-12T11:36:27+00:00

DBS Certificates do not have an expiry date; however, an organisation or employer should stipulate how regularly DBS Certificates should be renewed by employees, contractors or volunteers. If you leave employment to start a new role you will need to complete this procedure again. It is recommended that Disclosures are renewed annually or at least every 2 years.

Can anyone ask for a DBS?2024-01-12T11:36:22+00:00

An individual can request a Basic disclosure on and for themself.  The Basic Check includes information on unspent convictions. However, an individual cannot request a Standard DBS Check or Enhanced DBS Check. These levels of DBS Checks must be requested by an employer or umbrella organisation.

Can I get my own DBS check?2024-01-12T11:35:57+00:00

An individual can request a Basic disclosure on themselves, which will contain information on unspent convictions. An individual cannot request a Standard or Enhanced DBS Check.

Can I contact the DBS directly?2024-01-12T11:26:50+00:00

Contact the DBS directly by phone on 03000 200 190 or by email at customerservices@dbs.gov.uk 

You will need your reference number.

Who pays for a DBS check?2024-01-12T11:26:38+00:00

That will depend on the policy of your employer or organisation. Some companies pay for applicants’ DBS Checks while others request that applicants pay for their own DBS Check at the point of application. If you are an applicant and unsure of the company policy, please check directly with the organisation.

What is a spent conviction on a DBS check?2024-01-12T11:26:32+00:00

A ‘spent’ conviction is a conviction, caution, warning or reprimand that has been received by an individual but that has expired after a certain period of time. While the conviction is ‘unspent’, it remains on their criminal record and the Police National Computer. The period of time that a record will remain before expiring is defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Spent convictions will not appear on a Basic DBS Check. For Standard and Enhanced DBS Checks, spent convictions may or may not appear – according to filtering according to legislation put in place on 29th May 2013. This means that while spent convictions will not appear on a Basic DBS Check, they may also not appear on a Standard or Enhanced DBS Check – however the list of conviction types and offences that can never be filtered from a certificate is considerable.

What is an unspent conviction on a DBS check?2024-01-12T11:26:25+00:00

An unspent conviction, warning, caution or reprimand is one that has had a certain length of time attached to it by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 which means that it is still on their criminal record and on the Police National Computer. It will appear on Basic, Standard and Enhanced DBS Check certificates.

I have lost my DBS Disclosure document. Can I get another copy?2024-01-12T11:26:16+00:00

There are only certain circumstances under which the DBS will reprint a DBS Check:

  • If the original DBS certificate was lost in the post en-route to the applicant
  • If this loss is reported within 90 days of the issue date.
  • For DBS Checks, there will only be one paper copy of the certificate and this is issued to the applicant.
Do all checks complete within 24 hours?2024-01-12T11:26:09+00:00

Most of the Basic DBS Checks can be completed within 24 hours, but we ask that you allow 48 hours in case of a large volume of traffic at the Disclosure and Barring Service. Standard and Enhanced Checks are more involved and can take up to 10 working days, however, at MyVetting.com, we work towards 10 working days, targeting five working days. It may take up to 10 days for your certificate to arrive in the post.

I’ve got a DBS. Can I use it for a new job?2024-01-12T11:26:01+00:00

Every DBS certificate is connected with a role within the named organisation. Moving organisation will require a new DBS check and moving roles within the same organisation may mean that you need to move from a Standard DBS Check to an Enhanced DBS Check, if you are now working with or near vulnerable people.

My online payment is not being accepted?2024-01-12T11:25:10+00:00

At MyVetting.com, we accept the following payment and card payment options via a secure payment gateway. They are:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Apple Pay
  • GPay

If you experience any issues, please contact us.

My online application is not being accepted?2024-01-12T11:24:00+00:00

Complete the application form and proceed to the payment page. If any issues arise, we ask that you please check all information that has been added in the correct format. If you need further support, please contact us.

I’ve not been in the UK for 5 years. Can I still apply for a DBS?2024-02-13T22:19:48+00:00

This is not a problem. It is not a requirement of the DBS for the applicant to hold 5 years UK-based address history. When completing your application simply provide your full 5-year address history, including any international addresses.

What are DBS Barred Lists?2024-01-12T11:18:41+00:00

DBS Barred Lists are lists administered by the DBS that include individuals who are barred from working with children, vulnerable adults or both.

What is filtering?2024-01-12T11:18:02+00:00

Filtering is the process used by the DBS to assess whether particular information on convictions and cautions is protected under current legislation and, therefore, should be removed from an individual’s DBS Certificate before printing. Employers and organisations can ask an individual to provide information on convictions and cautions that they are legally entitled to know about. Both Standard and Enhanced DBS Certificates include details of convictions and cautions – including youth cautions, reprimands and warnings – recorded on the Police National Computer. Police National Computer data relating to protected cautions and convictions will be filtered out and will not appear on certificates.

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