DBS Options

There are three DBS options offered by the Disclosure and Barring Service. However, you may find that you are not eligible for all. We have prepared this simple guide to help you choose the correct criminal record check for you. If you are still not sure which one you require, a member of our team will happily talk you through the process and advise on the correct level of check for you.
Q1. Do you or your Employees…
  • Work with Children?
  • Work with adults at risk?
  • Carry out a role that specifically requires you to have a disclosure?
YES (to any): You may need to apply for either: Standard Disclosure or Enhanced Disclosure
NO (to all): You can proceed with a Basic Disclosure
If you are going to be: Involved in regularly caring for, training, supervising, in sole charge or working with children /vulnerable adults. You require an Enhanced Disclosure
if you are or entering into: A profession as specified in the Exceptions Order to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, you require a Standard Disclosure

Once you know what type of DBS you require your application can be processed via our online system. However, you will need to provide a digital copy of your passport or driving licence which shows your date of birth, as well as a utility bill, bank, mortgage or credit card statement that shows your current home address. Scanned copies or good quality digital photographs can be included with your online application.

The DBS Update Service

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) update service lets applicants keep their DBS certificates up to date online and allows employers to check a certificate online. You can register your Enhanced and Standard DBS online via the DBS website at https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service as soon as you have your application reference number or you can wait and register with your certificate number. However, you must act quickly as they require you to do this within 30 days of the certificate issue date. Registration lasts for one year, it costs £13.00 and it can be renewed yearly.

Spent Convictions

On 26 March 2013, the Home Office announced proposals to amend the current statutory regime in relation to the disclosure of spent convictions and cautions, in light of the Court of Appeal’s decision above, so that old and minor cautions and convictions would be filtered from disclosure. This has led to the following change to the law.

The Exceptions Order 2013

The new law amends the existing law by removing most ‘protected convictions’ and ‘protected cautions’ from the exceptions to rehabilitation under the ROA.

  • it does not relate to a ‘listed offence’, such as violent and sexual offences
  • no custodial sentence was imposed
  • the individual has no other convictions (where the individual has more than one conviction, all convictions will be included on the certificate)
  • it was received by a person aged under 18 at the time of the conviction and five and a half years or more have elapsed
  • it was received by a person aged 18 or over at the time of the conviction and 11 years or more have elapsed.
A caution is a ‘protected caution’ if:
  • it does not relate to a listed offence
  • it was given to a person aged under 18 at the time of the caution and two years or more have elapsed
  • it was given to a person aged 18 or over at the time of the caution and six years or more have elapsed.

Important information for employers

Employers will not be able to take certain old and minor cautions and convictions into account when making decisions about any individual (see ‘The Filtering Rules’ section above).

Job application forms will need to reflect the filtering changes so that:
a) employers ask the right questions.
b) employees give the right (legally accurate) answer.

Employers are encouraged to include the paragraph below in their standard application forms:
‘The amendments  to the Exceptions Order 1975 (2013) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’ and are not subject to disclosure to employers, and cannot be taken into account. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found at the Disclosure and Barring Service website.’

If you have lived or worked outside the UK, we can help with international criminal record searches in most countries. Please feel free to call us for further information or click here to apply. – https://www.eurocomci.co.uk/international-criminal-records.html

*The turnaround time for CRC checks can be increased if you have a common name, have changed your name, have multiple addresses or if you have prior convictions. CRC applications received before 4pm are processed overnight. Other factors such as increased demand are beyond our control and may effect CRC turnaround times and we can not guarantee results within a set time. Whilst we are happy to advise on the type of Criminal Record check required we accept no responsibility for your ultimate selection.


Now provided by the Disclosure Barring Service. Only contains details of unspent convictions.*Results: 5 - 10 days £46.50


Formerly a CRB check, only available for certain occupations & entry into specified professions.*Results: 48 hours £54.80


The highest level Disclosure for those training caring & supervising children/vulnerable adults*Results: 5 - 10 days £72.80

We offer one of the fastest & simplest online Disclosure checking services available. All our Disclosures are processed online simplifying the submission process & providing results via email.

Available to individuals as a stand alone service the process could not be simpler.