What is a Standard DBS Check?
A Standard DBS Check (formerly a Standard CRB Check) is one of the four main types of criminal record checks that reveal any spent or unspent convictions, cautions, final warnings or reprimands the applicant has.
Who can obtain a Standard DBS check?
A person will be eligible for a Standard DBS if they are undertaking a role listed in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. This includes a number of positions, professions, licences and activities (see the DBS website for details).However, only employers can request a Standard Disclosure on behalf of an employee. Current legislation in England and Wales does not allow individuals or self-employed people to apply for a Standard DBS Check on themselves.
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How long does a Standard DBS Check take?
Our average turnaround time for a DBS Standard Check is just 48 hours. However, we can’t always guarantee this as we rely on the resources of the DBS and the relevant police forces.
Is a Standard DBS the same as a Basic DBS?
No – unlike the Basic DBS, the Standard DBS Check requires the applicant to be meet specific eligibility criteria. As with Enhanced Disclosures, the applicant must be undertaking a particular role or activity in order for you to request a Standard Disclosure for them.
What documents does the applicant need to provide for a Standard DBS Check?
The requirements for ID documents are the same for both Enhanced and Standard DBS Checks.
If the applicant is a non-UK national undertaking paid work, you’ll need to check their right to work document(s) in addition to documents confirming their address.
Other applicants have a number of other possible document combinations to choose from, generally comprising a primary document combined with supporting documents to verify their name and address.
If this sounds complicated, don’t worry – the uCheck Platform will guide you through the process, indicating which documents are suitable for each applicant. Full ID checking guidance can be found on the DBS website.
How do I track the progress of a Standard DBS Check?
Our Platform links directly to the DBS tracking service, allowing you to see what stage your application has reached at a glance.
Once the DBS Standard Check is complete, the Platform will send you an automatic email alert confirming the result, and an online summary certificate will be available to download. You can also track your applications via our easy-to-use mobile app.
Why use uCheck for Standard DBS Checks?
At uCheck, we’re dedicated to getting it right every time, and supporting employers in any way we can. Our team is made up of registered countersignatories who undertake rigorous training, making sure we always stay compliant with legislation.
Our Platform allows you to quickly and easily apply for a Standard DBS Check online, without any of the hassle of filling in a traditional Standard Disclosure form.
We know that applying for DBS Checks can be complicated – and that’s why we’re always on hand to help. Our Platform provides handy links and on-screen tips to guide you through the process, and our client support team is always ready to assist with any queries you have.
How do I register for Standard DBS Checks?
Registering with us is easy. All we’ll need is your contact details, company information and the reason you need to request a Standard DBS Check.