How do DBS Checks become portable?

It’s a real concern to us that people think their Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check can be “carried” from one place of work to another.

As a registered Umbrella Body for the DBS, we noticed that since the Update Service was launched in June 2013 people believe their check automatically became portable….which is not true!

In order for your check to be carried with you and used for more than one employer or workplace, you firstly need to have a new DBS Certificate.

You have 14 days to register with the DBS for the Update Service after the certificate issue date.

It is only when you have successfully registered with the update service that your DBS check is portable.

The DBS Update Service lets you keep your DBS certificates up to date online and allows employers to check a certificate status at any time.

This system means that whenever you start work with a new employer or contractor, rather than applying for a brand new DBS Certificate, the employer can go to the DBS website to confirm if anything has changed on your record since your last certificate.

There is a registration fee of £13 for the DBS Update Service and applicants must renew their registration annually. 

The Benefits

The main benefit of the Update Service is that employees or contractors don’t need to re-apply for a new DBS Check each time they go to a new place of work.

The benefit to employers is that they don’t have to wait for a DBS Check. This can be a big problem for employers as it delays recruitment processes. The employer also doesn’t need to pay for a new DBS Check.

The professions this has benefited the most are locum Doctors, Dentists and contractors who regularly work on different sites.

If this is you or you’re an employer who regularly employs or contracts these individuals and conducts new DBS Checks each time, then simply call us to organise your DBS Checks.


Gwyn Davies
You say you can show me how to apply for the DBS update service but provide no link to actually do so. Please direct me to the solution.
3/21/2018 4:02:29 PM
liz speak
My DBS is dated 13 March 2018. Can I make it portable and how do I do this?
3/31/2018 1:38:06 PM
i would like to know how to make your DBS portable.
4/4/2018 2:23:47 PM
Mandy Cowley
How do I make my DBS portable - it was issues 13/3/18? Thanks
4/5/2018 10:25:53 AM
Janet Meskill
Hi i would like to know how to make my dbs transferable or portable please
4/7/2018 10:18:02 AM
Vicky Borbam
Hi. How do i make my dbs portable? I received it through the post last week
4/10/2018 3:08:54 PM
Mrs Fatou Pike
I want to know how to make my dbs portable please
4/11/2018 3:48:18 PM
is there anyway a DBS can be made portable if it as been issued in March 2017? I recently left my job 3 weeks ago and would like to do interim work in the meantime.
4/28/2018 2:22:15 PM
Debra Watkiss
Hi how do i find out if my last dbs is portable i cant remember if i dd it
5/8/2018 4:43:42 PM
Michael schofield
How do I make my dbs (issued 20.3.2018) portable?
5/18/2018 11:53:04 AM
Mandy Kent
I received my DBS today (19/05/2018) it is dated 16/05/2018 and I would like to go portal but can't seem to work out how to do it. Please can you assist me.
5/19/2018 7:24:21 PM

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