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Important Changes to DBS ID Guidance

The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) have recently announced that the ID Verification guidance will be changing slightly.

From 2 October 2017, the DBS will introduce new identity (ID) checking guidelines seen below.

Umbrella bodies such as Personnel Checks can begin to use the new guidance from 24th October 2017 and the existing guidelines will cease to apply from 25th January 2018.

Why have these changes to DBS ID guidance been made?

New guidelines will apply to all applications for a standard or enhanced check and are being introduced so that the DBS’s identity checking process is aligned to the ‘Right to Work’ check. Employers must prevent illegal working in the UK by carrying out document checks on people before employing them to make sure they are allowed to work in the UK.

The changes tighten up the document requirements for non-EEA nationals who are applying for DBS checks to undertake paid work so that they are consistent with the existing Right to Work document list.

The new DBS ID guidance is very similar to the current guidance except for the following main changes:

The following documents have been added to the list of valid ID documents:

  • Group 2a – Immigration Document, visa or work permit – Issued by a country outside the EEA (European Economic Area). Valid only for roles whereby the applicant is living and working outside of the UK.
  • Group 2b – Bank or Building society statement – Issued from within a country outside the EEA, must be issued in last 3 months - branch must be in the country where the applicant lives and works

The following documents have been removed from the list of valid ID documents:

  • Group 2b – Work Permit/Visa (UK) (UK Residence Permit)

If you would like some more information regarding these changes, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Personnel Checks team.

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