DBS Update Service


The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Update Service allows applicants to register to create a “portable” criminal record certificate. This service lets applicants keep their DBS certificates up to date online and allows organisations to check a certificate online with the permission of the applicant.  Subscribing to this service reduces the need to apply for multiple certificates when an individual moves from one job or organisation to another doing a similar role or when a recheck is required.

The Benefits to Applicants:

• Applicants will be able to take certificates from one job or voluntary position to the next – meaning they will spend less time filling in forms.

• Applicants will be able to give employers and other organisations permission to check their certificate online and see who has checked it. Meaning the checking process will be much faster as a result can be obtained straight away.

If an individual at your Group wishes to subscribe to this service they will need to register online when applying for a DBS certificate or within 19 days of receiving one.  Applicants will need to use either the DBS application form reference number or certificate reference number found on their DBS certificate.  For more information on how to apply please go to:


Registration to the update service lasts for 1 year and can be automatically renewed. It is free of charge for volunteers and £13 for paid staff. If an individual at your Group requires a DBS check and is a subscriber to the service they will need to complete the form below with a group representative:

DBS Update Service form 2018

Page Last Updated: September 18, 2018