The benefits of the DBS update service

The benefits of the DBS update service
The benefits of the DBS update service

posted 20 Dec 23

The DBS Update Service is a government initiative that provides an online platform for individuals to keep their criminal record information up-to-date and easily accessible by employers. This service is particularly beneficial if you work in a role that requires frequent background checks, such as healthcare or social work. 

For the carers and nurses, we partner with at Search, the importance of their Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check being carried over from each role to the next is vital. 

This service reduces the need to apply for multiple certificates when you move from one job to another in the same workforce or when a recheck is required - saving you time waiting for a new disclosure when applying to a new organisation. This will also give you more flexibility in the roles you are offered and can accept. 

How it Works 

To use the DBS Update Service, you must first apply for a DBS check through their employer or other registered organisation. Once the check is completed, you can then register for the Update Service online and pay an annual subscription fee of £13. By doing so, you give permission for your DBS certificate to be stored and updated electronically. 

Benefits of Using the DBS Update Service 

The DBS Update Service offers several benefits for both individuals and employers.
These include:

  • Easy accessibility: With the online platform, you can easily access your DBS certificate at any time, eliminating the need for repeated background checks with different employers. 
  • Time and Cost-Efficient: By subscribing to the Update Service, you save both time and money as you do not have to go through another DBS check for each new job or position. 
  • Reduced Paperwork: The electronic storage of the DBS certificate means less paperwork and a more environmentally friendly process. 
  • Increased Transparency: Employers can have peace of mind knowing that they can easily verify a new team member’s criminal record information through the Update Service, ensuring transparency and a smooth on-boarding process for you. 

How to Register for the DBS Update Service 

Registration for the DBS Update Service is a simple, straightforward process. Follow the steps below to get started: 

  • Start a DBS Check: Apply for a DBS check through your current employer or another registered organisation. After application, take note of your application form reference number - you will need this for the next step. 
  • Register Online: Once you have your DBS check application reference number, visit the DBS Update Service website. Click on 'Register' and follow the on-screen instructions. You will need to pay an annual subscription fee of £13. 
  • Check Your Email: After the registration, you will receive a confirmation email. This email will contain your unique Update Service ID number. Keep this number safe, as you will need it to log in to the Update Service. 

Remember, you must register for the Update Service within 30 days of your DBS check being issued. After that period, you will not be able to register using that DBS check. 

Search is here to help you with every step of your recruitment journey and will happily show you how to apply for a DBS certificate, register with the update service or both. 

If you have any other questions regarding the DBS update service, please contact us