At uCheck, one of the most common questions we’re asked is: do DBS checks expire? 

If you or an employee in your organisation has had a DBS check in the past, you may be asking ‘is my DBS check still valid’?

Read on to get the facts…


Do DBS checks expire?


The short answer is no – there is no official expiry date for a DBS check.

Each DBS certificate will state the date it was issued. The information revealed by the DBS check is only truly accurate on that date.

There is no predetermined expiration date because the subject of the check could have a conviction or other matter recorded against them at any time after the date of the check.

DBS checks are an important part of the recruitment process for many organisations, and it’s up to employers to decide whether to request a new check on an employee.

Many organisations renew their employees’ DBS checks periodically for the purposes of best practice. In some sectors, this is a requirement.


Requirements By Regulatory Bodies


Certain regulatory bodies may have specific requirements in place in terms of accepting checks, and when new DBS Checks should be requested.

For example, Ofsted requires a certain safety standard for recruitment practices in schools and nurseries. This requires staff that are liable to have regulated contact with children to have an Enhanced DBS Check.

Ofsted may accept an older DBS if you have already registered with them and are moving to a similar role AND usually if you’re starting your new position within three months of leaving your old one.

The Care Quality Commission requires staff who are likely to engage in regulated activity with adults and/or children to apply for an Enhanced DBS Check with barred list information. Responsibility for renewing DBS Checks is placed in the hands of employers.

If someone changes their role within the same organisation (for example working from children only to then working with children and adults), they would require a new DBS Check. This is regardless of when the organisation will renew the check as part of their policies.


Do DBS checks expire? A summary


So – do DBS checks expire?

No, there’s no official validity period for a DBS check, but it’s only truly accurate on the day it was issued.

If an employee is registered with the DBS update service, their employer can check the status of their DBS certificate without requesting a new DBS check.

If you work for an organisation that carries out DBS checks on its employees, we can help you.

Be sure to get in touch with us if you have any further questions. You can apply for a number of DBS Checks through our simple online platform – most checks are completed within 48 hours. Get started now.

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