Basic DBS Check

A Basic DBS check (or basic disclosure) is available to everyone regardless of their profession. It can be requested by an individual, or an employer. Employee consent is mandatory in case an employer wishes to apply for a basic disclosure check to display the employee’s criminal record.

What is a Basic DBS check?

Processed through the Disclosure and Barring Service, and also often referred to as a Basic DBS check, is a criminal record check with the lowest level of disclosure, available for candidates living or working in England or Wales. Basic checks only contain details of unspent convictions according to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. If there are no unspent criminal convictions, the results of the check will simply state that there are no such convictions. A spent conviction will not be disclosed on a basic DBS check.

Who needs a basic DBS certificate?

Basic disclosure checks allow employers to confirm if a prospective employee has any current, unspent convictions which might be relevant to the job they are recruiting for. Self-employed workers may also apply for a basic DBS check. Having a basic check certificate could help them to build trust with potential customers or clients, particularly if they are working in a field which requires them to visit people’s homes. A basic DBS check can be requested for any job position or purpose and will be carried out if the individual provides their consent. This is unlike standard or enhanced DBS checks, which can only be requested for a number of specific jobs in which individuals will be working with children or vulnerable people.

How to apply for basic disclosure checks

We offer two ways to process your applications for basic checks – one for employers, one for individuals.  
  1. e-Bulk account system for employers: A fully managed service for employers requiring multiple ‘Basic DBS’ checks via our unique e-Bulk account system
This allows employers to submit multiple applications and monitor their progress through their own online portal. Results are often received online within 24hours. The information provided here is submitted directly for processing via the Disclosure and Barring Service, which reduces turnaround times.  
  1. Online application for basic checks for individuals
Individuals can make a personal application online upon providing proof of identity (passport, driving licence) and proof of address (utility bill, bank statement) to their ID verifier (e.g. potential employer). Some sectors that require a Basic DBS check:  

Cost of basic disclosure checks

The current cost for a Basic Disclosure is as follows:

Official DBS fee


Admin fee




Basic DBS certificate turnaround times

Results of a basic check usually take 5 to 10 days upon the completion of the online verification.  Turnaround times can vary. For example, turnaround of basic checks can be increased if you have a common name, have changed your name, have multiple addresses, or if you have prior convictions.

Is a basic DBS right for you?

If you’re not sure what type of DBS check you require, please don’t hesitate to get in touch so that we can steer you in the right direction.