Some checks can take as little as 24 hours to come back. Some checks can take a few months. Each application is treated completely differently when they arrive at the DBS to be processed. Some checks can take longer because applicants have had a lot of addresses in the last 5 years or they have had a lot of changes of names or it could be that there are errors on the form or it could be that their local police station currently has a back-log. If you use the on-line eBulk service which we offer it does eliminate any errors on the form which can help speed it along.