To take one step closer to your new job you will need to prove your identity for a DBS check.

For most people it will be a simple task that won’t take too long, but for others it might be a bit more difficult.

If you find yourself struggling to prove who you are then read our guide – it should untangle the process…

Prove your identity for a DBS check using the preferred method

If you’re going through the application for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check then the DBS offers you three routes for proving your identity.

Route one is the preferred option.

To complete route one you must have either a current and valid passport, a UK biometric residence permit, a current UK/EU photocard driving licence, a birth certificate (UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man) issued within 12 months of birth or an adoption certificate (UK and Channel Islands).

These documents must be originals (not photocopies) and they have to be given to your potential employer.

You will also need a further two documents from that list, or you could provide trusted government documents (which include items such as HM Forces ID cards and firearms licences) or financial and social history documents (like bank statements, for example).

At least one of those documents must show your current address.

Confirming your identity if you can’t complete route one

Some people might find it difficult to provide all the information needed for route one.

Don’t worry if you fall into that category – there is another way for you.

To take route two, you’ll need to provide one trusted government document and a further two that are either trusted government documents or financial or social history documents.

You can have two from one group or a mixture from each category. At least one of these documents must show your current address.

The company carrying out the check will then need to go through an external ID validation service to check the application.

The final route if you can’t complete the previous two

If you’re still struggling to prove your identity for a DBS check, then there’s one more route you can take.

However, route three can only be taken if the previous two can’t be completed.

To qualify, you must be able to a show a birth certificate and a trusted government document.

You must also be able to show three further documents from the trusted government documents category or the financial and social history documents category.

Again, one of the documents must show your current address.

Prove your identity for a DBS check: The conclusion

By taking either route one, two or three most people will be able to prove their identity.

However, if you can’t, you may be asked to give your consent for your fingerprints to be taken.

This will mean attending a police station at an appointed time and may delay your process.