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Changes to the DBS ID Checking Guidelines

Earlier this year, the DBS announced there would-be mandatory changes to the ID verification guidelines. The changes ran in parallel with the old ID checking guidelines for a three-month transition period from 3rd  September 2018 until 3rd December 2018. The transition period has now ended and the new ID verification guidelines have come into effect.

 

 

1. The following can now be used for non-European Economic Area applicants;

Resident Card A Permanent Residence Card issued by the Home Office to the family member of a national of a European Economic Area country or Switzerland
A Positive Verification Notice issued by the Home Office Employer Checking Service to the employer or prospective employer, which indicates that the named person may stay in the UK and is permitted to do the work in question.

 

 
 

2. New forms of ID verification. 

It is now possible to use an Irish passport card as Group 2b verification, unless the ‘Passport’ has   been used as Group 1 verification.

A live video link can now be used by ID verifiers as an alternative to face-face examinations of identity documents, however they must be in possession of original copies of the ID documents.

   
 

3. Changes to requirements

 

A Passport is no longer mandatory as an additional item for these three documents;

A current Residence Card (including an Accession Residence Card or a Derivative Residence Card) issued by the Home Office to a non-European Economic Area national who is a family member of a national of a European Economic Area country or Switzerland or who has a derivative right of residence.

A current Immigration Status Document containing a photograph issued by the Home Office to the holder with a valid endorsement indicating that the named person may stay in the UK, and is allowed to do the type of work in question, together with an official document giving the person’s permanent National Insurance number and their name issued by a Government agency or a previous employer.

A current Immigration Status Document issued by the Home Office to the holder with an endorsement indicating that the named person is allowed to stay indefinitely in the UK or has no time limit on their stay in the UK, together with an official document giving the person’s permanent National Insurance number and their name issued by a Government agency or a previous employer.

 

We've updated both our online system and ID checking guidelines in order to reflect the changes.

View new Basic DBS Check ID guidance here

View new Standard & Enhanced DBS Check ID guidance here

 

If you have any questions regarding the changes to ID verification and how this may affect your DBS process, please get in touch with the team.

01254 355688

 

 

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