Changes to Disclosure and Barring Service

On 17 June the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) will launch its new service Update Service.

The Update Service aims to give individuals in greater control of their own information, allow DBS certificates to be reused when applying for similar jobs and reduce bureaucracy, saving time and money and improving the safeguarding system.

Individuals will be able to subscribe to the Update Service for an annual fee of £13, which will keep their DBS certificate up-to-date so that they can take it with them from role to role within the same workforce, resulting in employees and volunteers no longer having to apply for a new criminal record check each time they apply for a job.

If an individual has subscribed to the Update Service their employer will be able to go online, with the individual’s consent, and carry out a free, instant check to find out if the information released on the DBS certificate is current and up to date.

For further information on the Update Service visit

At the same time as the introduction of the new Update Service DBS will also be making two important changes to their current service.

Firstly they will change how registered bodies complete the ‘Position Applied For’ field on the DBS application form, and secondly registered bodies will no longer receive a copy of the applicant’s DBS Certificate.

For further information on these two changes visit