Getting an individual CRB Check: Our handy guide

Getting an individual CRB Check isn’t quite as straightforward as you might think.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) do not offer individual CRB Checks. Their screening packages are only available to employers.

However, individuals can get a Criminal Record Basic Check or Basic Disclosure through Disclosure Scotland.

Disclosure Scotland uses the same databases as the DBS, so don’t be concerned about any inaccuracies or missing / differing information.

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What does a Basic Disclosure contain and require?

A Basic Disclosure contains only convictions that are considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

It isn’t job specific like the Enhanced/Standard DBS Checks but, similar to a DBS Check, it can be requested online.

Applicants have to provide the following information:

  • title and full name
  • mother’s maiden name
  • date of birth
  • gender
  • nationality
  • town and country of birth
  • email address
  • phone number
  • 5-year address history

Getting an individual CRB Check also requires proof of identity. That could be a copy of a driving licence or passport, as well as a bank statement or utility bill that has been issued in the last three months.

For the check to be completed, you’ll also need to provide a valid national insurance number.

How long does getting an individual CRB Check take?

The vetting process begins after the application has been submitted to the provider (Disclosure Scotland).

When using the DBS, our turnaround times for checks are fantastic – often taking under 24 hours.

Unfortunately, Disclosure Scotland does not allow us to provide such a fast service for getting an individual CRB Check. At present they are taking under 14 working days to complete a Basic Disclosure request.

It’s worth regularly checking your emails over this period as we have seen the provider query details on applications, such as confirming middle names.

Luckily, our system is the most up to date in the UK so queries are rare!

When everything is complete you will receive a paper certificate in the post.

If you are planning on getting an individual CRB Check, please visit our homepage and click the individual checks button for further information, or give us a call on 0800 197 8858 – we are only too happy to help.