Basic DBS Checks for Individuals

Wondering about Basic DBS Checks for individuals?

Basic DBS Checks can be useful in many situations, and are a requirement in some circumstances – but how do you get hold of one as an individual?

Our guide explains everything you need to know about Basic DBS Checks for individuals.

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What is a Basic DBS Check?


There are three different types of DBS Check – Basic, Standard and Enhanced. Each type of check reveals different information and comes with its own set of eligibility requirements.

A Basic DBS Check is a criminal record check that will reveal any unspent convictions or conditional cautions the applicant has under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Convictions become ‘spent’ after a period of time has elapsed – the length of this period will vary depending on the nature and severity of the offence.


Who’s eligible for a Basic DBS Check?


Basic DBS Checks are available to any individual:

  • Aged 16 or over and looking to live or work in England and Wales
  • Aged 16 or over and currently living or working in England or Wales.

A Basic Check is the only type of DBS Check that individuals can obtain for themselves.

With Standard and Enhanced checks, an employer must apply for the check on behalf of an employee.


Recent changes to Basic DBS Checks


The process for obtaining Basic Checks changed at the beginning of 2018.

Prior to this, all Basic Checks were processed by Disclosure Scotland, but in January 2018 the DBS took over the processing and issuing of Basic Checks for people living or working in England and Wales.

The changes were put in place because of differences in legislation around the length of time it takes for convictions to become spent between Scotland and England/Wales.

As a result, individuals living or working in England or Wales will have their Basic Checks processed by the Disclosure and Barring Service, whilst those living or working in Scotland will have their checks processed through Disclosure Scotland.


Why get Basic DBS Checks for individuals?


Basic DBS Checks for individuals are beneficial in lots of circumstances, and essential in some.

Some of the reasons you might apply for a Basic DBS Check as an individual are:

  • In support of a visa application
  • As part of a job application process
  • To obtain a personal alcohol licence

An individual applying to do voluntary work can also find a Basic DBS Check advantageous.


How to apply for Basic DBS Checks for individuals


Applying for a Basic DBS Check is quick and easy.

You’ll need to provide your personal details, including a full five-year address history, and two forms of ID as part of the ID check.

Simply request your Basic Disclosure and a fully trained member of the CRBS team will be able to assist you with your application.

Ready to apply? You can get started here, or drop us a line if you have any questions – we’re always happy to help.