Enhanced DBS

You can apply for an enhanced DBS check online in just a matter of minutes. We process enhanced disclosure checks for applicants throughout England and Wales for both individuals and organisations.

What is an enhanced DBS?

A criminal record check at Enhanced Disclosure level is also often referred to as an Enhanced DBS. It is the highest level required for positions that involve caring for, training, supervising or being in sole charge of children or vulnerable adults.

An enhanced DBS will include details of all convictions on record, whether spent or unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA). This means that even minor convictions may be included on the disclosure.

The following criminal history will be disclosed on an enhanced DBS:

– Spent convictions

– Unspent convictions

– Cautions

– Warning

– Reprimands

– Checks against ISA barred lists

In addition to this information, all Enhanced DBS Disclosures involve an extra level of checking with your local police force records in addition to checks with the Police National Computer (PNC). Plus, your details will be checked against the government department lists held by the Department for Education and Skills and the Department of Health, where appropriate.

These additional checks mean that the enhanced level DBS takes longer to process than standard DBS checks. However, if an enhanced check is required by law for certain professions, these additional checks are unavoidable.

Who can apply for an enhanced DBS?

Individuals may only apply for an enhanced DBS check if their employer has requested one under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA). An employer can only request this if the individual is already employed by them, or an offer of employment has been made and is pending the receipt of an enhanced DBS check.

Enhanced DBS checks can only be requested if the individual is set to train, supervise, or be in sole charge of children or vulnerable adults. People working in teaching or in the medical professional field are often required to have a DBS certificate.

How to complete an enhanced DBS check

When you make an application for an enhanced DBS check online with us, it will be processed via the e-bulk service normally only available to high volume users. With this system we are able to provide the results of the check within days instead of weeks*.

Before you begin the application process, please gather the documents and information required. This includes:

– A digital verified copy of your valid passport or driving licence which shows your date of birth

– Your National Insurance number

– Two verified copies of the following documents, a utility bill, bank, mortgage or credit card statement that shows your home address dated within the last 3 months.

We prefer scanned copies of your supporting documents which can be included with your online application. If you do not have access to a scanner at home or work they can be found in libraries, print centres and most stationers.

If you are unable to scan your documents, we will accept good quality photographs from a digital camera or smart phone.

Cost of enhanced DBS checks

The current charge for a one-off Enhanced Disclosure is:

Official DBS fee
£44.00
Processing
£24.00
ISA & List 99
FOC
VAT 20%
£4.80
TOTAL
£72.80
We accept payment with all major credit cards via PayPal’s secure servers.

Simpler applications process with e-Bulk

If you are an employer that expects to process multiple enhanced DBS checks, our ISO27001 accredited e-Bulk service could be an excellent solution.

The e-Bulk service allows you to take control of the entire DBS check process. Clients are provided with their own secure control panel from where they can add new candidates, monitor the progress of their applications and see the results as they come in.

If you’re interested in the features and discounts offered by this service, click here.

How long do enhanced DBS checks take?

Most enhanced criminal record checks processed by us take five to ten working days* until results are delivered. Applications received before 4pm are processed on the next working day.

*Please note that we cannot guarantee turnaround times due to factors outside of our control. Turnaround times may be longer if you have a common name, have changed your name, have multiple addresses or have prior convictions. Other factors, such as increased demand, are also beyond our control and may affect turnaround times.