Who can request a Standard DBS Check? The facts

Those working in HR or recruiting often ask us who can request a Standard DBS Check?

There are a number of types of checks available – each with their own specific eligibility criteria.

We’ve written a comprehensive guide to who can request a Standard DBS Check to make things as clear as possible.

What is a Standard DBS Check?

In order for someone to be eligible for a Standard DBS Check their job role/position must appear in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

A Standard DBS Check will disclose any spent/unspent convictions, cautions, warnings or reprimands the applicant may have received.

It differs from the Enhanced Disclosure as it will not include any searches on the Children’s or Adults Barred List.

Additionally, it won’t include any other relevant information held by the police.

Who can request a Standard DBS Check?

Who can request a Standard DBS Check

Eligibility for Standard DBS Checks is not based on regulated activity but by a specific role or place of employment.

These are determined by the responsibility of the role and/or the nature of the place in which they work.

For instance, all those working in prisons, remand centres and magistrates courts are eligible for Standard DBS Check due to the nature of their work.

As a result, there is no checklist to determine whether someone is eligible for a Standard Check.

However, there are some areas of work in which the majority of employees would be eligible. These include:

  • Prisons/Probation
  • Courts
  • Immigration
  • Gambling
  • Locksmiths
  • Finance
  • Law
  • National Security

How do I request a Standard DBS Check?

All DBS certificates have to be requested by an employer on behalf of an individual.

If you are an organisation looking to begin requesting DBS Checks then you can register with us here to get started.

If you are self-employed please see our recent guide to obtaining a DBS Check as an individual.

For more information on who can request a Standard DBS Check or any other aspect of DBS Checking please contact us.