Important Identity Checking Guidance is Changing
From 28 May 2012, the CRB will start to introduce enhancements to identity checking guidelines. These new guidelines will apply to all applications for CRB Checks. Other methods of ID checking will be phased out and from 1st September 2012 only the new guidelines will be eligible to use.
The enhancement is being introduced so that the CRB’s identity checking process is strengthened to improve public protection. In particular, the changes will make it more difficult for individuals to conceal previous criminal records by changing their name. These changes are part of an on-going improvement process that will enable easier detection of undeclared changes of name in the future.
The new ID checking process will have three routes. Please note that some documents have been removed and are no longer acceptable under the new arrangements (these are listed in the next page). The new guidelines clearly state that you need to follow the three-route ID checking process. ALL Customers must have exhausted Route One and should have endeavoured to have accessed an external validation check (Route Two) before you consider processing them via Route Three.