The Disclosure and Barring Service offer the Update Service to anyone who is currently waiting for their DBS check to come back, or who has had a DBS certificate issued within the last 30 days.

The Update Service automatically renews your current DBS check level for a yearly fee of £13.00. This is paid directly to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

You can then let your future employers know your DBS Update Service details so that they can check the status of your DBS certificate online.

How do I sign up to the Update Service?

You can sign up here, you will need your DBS reference number that begins with an E or an F and all your personal details to hand.

I have a basic DBS check; can I sign up to the Update Service

Unfortunately, the Update Service is only for standard or enhanced DBS checks. You cannot make basic DBS checks portable between employers.

Do I have to pay, or should my employer pay for the Update Service?

Anyone can pay for the Update Service, but please note the payment of £13.00 must be followed through every year otherwise the subscription will stop.

Can I upgrade my DBS that is on the Update Service?

Unfortunately, the Disclosure & Barring Service do not currently allow certificates to be ‘upgraded’ to include other checks. The certificate you originally received is registered with the DBS Update Service for the level of check that was requested for you at the time.

If you are now carrying out work which means you are now eligible for a different workforce and barred list checks, then your current employer or organisation can carry out a new check under the correct level.

You will also be able to add this new certificate to the Update Service if you wish as you can have more than one certificate on the Update Service.

How do I contact the DBS?

If you have had a DBS check completed or have one in progress, or would like to enquire about the Update Service, you can call the DBS  phone number on 0300 0200 190, or you can check out their website here for more information.

Do APCS offer the Update Service?

No, the Update Service is not provided by any umbrella body, it is provided solely by the Disclosure and Barring Service.


You must have a DBS check in progress, or have had a check done within the last 30 days to sign up to the Update Service. Why not register with us today to get your DBS check?

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