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Are DBS Checks Portable?

Are DBS checks portable?

This question is of particular importance for those that work as locums or contractors, as it used to mean that a new check would have to be run for every new job role.

On 17 June 2013 the Disclosure and Barring Service launched an update to their terms of service that allows applicants to carry their DBS check across different employers, while also retaining a tighter control over their personal information.

This, however, is not an automatic process and must be registered for by the applicant.

For an annual fee of £13, you can join the Disclosure and Barring Service’s update service list within 19 days of receiving your DBS check certificate, using the unique certificate number. This annual fee will keep your certificate up to date on their central system and new employers can check online to see if any new information has been added.

This therefore means that your DBS check is portable between different jobs, within the same workforce, and where the same level of DBS check is required for the role. It will also have an impact on the speed of the recruitment process, reducing the waiting time for a new check to be completed and issued.

This means that for those remaining in one workforce, a single DBS certificate may be all they need.

The other major change that was introduced recently is that now only one copy of the DBS certificate is issued, and it goes straight to the employee. The duplicate copy is no longer issued to the employer, which therefore means that an employer or recruitment agencies now have to ask to see your DBS certificate.

This allows applicants a tighter control over their personal information and a greater discretion over who sees any sensitive details.

Personnel Checks offer a comprehensive online disclosure service and can guide you through the DBS check process, as well as showing you how to register for the new updated service option.

If you frequently require an up to date DBS check, or you’re an employer that recruits those that require DBS checks at any level, please give us a call on 01254 355688 or email us at crb@personnelchecks.co.uk where one of our dedicated team of trained advisers will be happy to help you.

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