Basic DBS checks for Employers  from £32.60

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What will a Basic check show?

If you would like to find out more about which information a basic criminal record check will show, please see our FAQs here .

Will my Basic check go through the DBS or Disclosure Scotland?

APCS are a registered body for the Disclosure & Barring Service and Disclosure Scotland. Which organisation we use to process a basic criminal record check depends on where the applicant lives and works. Although the name suggests otherwise, basic criminal record checks acquired through Disclosure Scotland can be used throughout the United Kingdom.

How much does a Basic check cost?

The cost of a basic DBS check is £32.60, including the APCS administration fee.

What can a Basic check be used for?

A basic check can be used for most job roles, and unlike the standard or enhanced DBS checks, there is no criteria that needs to be met for the applicant to be eligible for a basic check.

We are pleased to offer a discount on our DBS administration fee if you are a large business with a high volume of checks – if this sounds like your business, give us a call today on 0151 638 6158 for a no obligation quote!



Show any spent and/or unspent convictions and any cautions, reprimands and/or final warnings the applicant may have within the UK.



Show any spent and/or unspent convictions, any cautions, reprimands and/or final warnings, Inclusion on children’s and/or adults barred lists.


Find out if you’re eligible for a DBS check

We have created our very own DBS eligibility tool to help you find out whether you, or your employees, could have the enhanced DBS checks!


‘I have found your staff particularly helpful when I have been unsure as to whether a person qualifies for a DBS check. The speed of service is amazing!’

‘Easy set up and explanation, has worked well for us over the last 2 years and will continue using for this coming year and beyond hopefully. Telephone enquiries dealt with quickly and well-informed staff able to assist with all queries we have had’

‘We began using APCS in 2015 and I have built up a good relationship with the APCS staff, in particular Sam and Christine.  I find everyone very helpful.  Thank you!’

‘Staff are always helpful and quick to respond to queries and resolve them. I would highly recommend your company on the basis of my dealings with you since our Diocese moved to an online system’

‘I think that you are a great company providing a great service. The online forms are really easy to complete and the price is great considering we are volunteers’

‘Very pleased that a member of staff contacted me to make sure I had ticked the correct boxes for a particular application. Most grateful!’

‘The checks are turned around far quicker than the previous Disclosure Scotland process that was used and using the online system we are able to do the basic clearance checks on personnel without any delay.’

‘We’ve been using APCS for several years for our DBS checks and have always found the service to be very efficient and it’s a lot more user friendly than other checking services that I’ve used in the past. We’ve recently had to apply for DBS for new Trustees and I received a very quick and clear reply to my query as to the type of DBS that was needed’

‘Thanks again for your patience and also great service throughout. Really great and efficient DBS service who I would recommend to other production companies’