Enhanced DBS

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?

Enhanced Disclosure level background check is also often referred to as an Enhanced DBS. It is the highest level required for positions that involve caring for, training, supervising or sole charge of children or vulnerable adults. An enhanced DBS includes details of all convictions on record, whether spent or unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA). This means that even minor convictions are included on the disclosure. List of criminal history to be disclosed on an enhanced DBS check:
  • 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.

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 with us, it will be processed via an online platform designed for employers, 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 enhanced DBS application process, please gather the documents and information required. This includes:
  • A valid passport or driving licence with date of birth
  • National Insurance number
  • Two of the following documents; a utility bill, bank, mortgage or credit card statement with full home address

Cost of enhanced DBS checks

The current charge for a one-off Enhanced Disclosure is:
Official DBS fee£44.00
VAT 20%£4.30

Simpler application process for multiple applications to process

If you are an employer that expects to process multiple enhanced DBS checks, our e-Bulk service could be an excellent solution. The e-Bulk service allows you to take control of the entire process. Clients are handed their own secure control panel from where they can add new candidates, monitor the progress of their applications and display results.

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How long do enhanced DBS checks take?

Most enhanced disclosure checks processed by us take five to ten working days after your employer has completed their ID verification, until results are delivered. Applications received before 4pm are processed on the next working day.