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
Michaela Chambler
Just got my crb thought but would like to pay extra so I don’t have to keep paying when looking for a new job can you give me the number who I ring thanks
6/4/2018 12:50:17 PM
Laurence Thurlow
It is a rediculous situation that despite having a current DBS certificate valid until FEB 2020 I cannot register for portable DBS until I get a new certificate (at cost), then register that new certificate within 14 days (at cost again). So the reality is my current certificate with 20 months vlidity is not worth the paper it is printed on. Once again beurocratic nonsense getting in the way of the provision of a service that fit for purpose (and another way to generate income).
6/9/2018 10:54:43 AM
Terrence Collins
How do I make my DBS portable
6/25/2018 12:28:09 PM
wendy turner
HI can you please tell me if I received a number and a email when I updated my DBS
6/27/2018 12:08:18 PM
caroline cream
we have a new employee with a portable DBS , we have checked this,do they need to go online and change the work details to our company? and is it ok to hold a copy of their DBS that doesn't state our company name? many thanks
7/10/2018 9:36:26 AM
David Morton
I notice a gentleman "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." dated 21/3/2018 I also would like this answering 4 months later?.
7/21/2018 5:33:10 PM
Christina bond
I have had a police check done this past two months but I have a new job now do I have to get a new police check I thought they was for 3 yrs portable how can I tell if the one I have is portable thank you it will save money and time if I could use the one I have got had it for two months thank you
7/24/2018 12:43:57 AM
Jane Rotheram
How can I transfer bbs to portable I have a new job can I use the one I have already
8/18/2018 11:37:31 AM
Andy Baylis
There is no indication of how to make my DBS portable could you please provide the link/ info
9/9/2018 2:29:19 PM
How do I get a portable DBS ?
11/5/2018 9:00:07 AM
All this pilava with portable DBS is to rip off people ,once one has his/her certificate what is a problem to present it to another employer or a new employer ?All this red tape is set up on purpose
11/10/2018 9:20:36 AM
Karen Grayson
Is there a link i can use to make my dbs portables? thanks
11/22/2018 11:47:55 AM
Freda smith
The CRB checking system was updated at great expense several years ago, supposedly to avoid having to get a new check for new jobs or working in different counties. With EVERYTHING being computerised now, why is it that you need a new dbs for EVERY JOB, and why do they take so long to be issued? Surely the information should update automatically and should therefore be immediately available!
11/28/2018 11:26:48 AM

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