At CRB Check Online we get lots of enquiries from clients who want to know how to speed up DBS checks.
On average, we complete DBS checks in 48 hours or less. However, the amount of time it takes for a DBS application to be processed is largely in the hands of the DBS, and if applicable, the local police force at the vetting stage.
Luckily, there are steps you can take to streamline the application process and make your DBS checks run as smoothly as possible.
Here’s how to speed up DBS checks in five simple steps.
Firstly, make sure applicants are prepared in advance
Before starting a DBS application, ensure the applicant is aware of what information and documents they’ll need to provide so they can have them ready in advance.
The applicant should have the following information ready:
- Address history for the last five years, including all dates they moved in and out
- Any former names and the dates they were changed
- Title, forename, middle name (if applicable) and surname
- Date of birth
- Telephone number
- Email address
- Their birth town, county and country
- Their birth nationality, and details of any change of nationality with relevant dates
- Any unspent convictions
If you haven’t already, you should also familiarise yourself with the ID checking guidelines for DBS applications.
Make sure both you and the applicant are aware of which documents they’ll need to provide to prove their identity, and give the applicant time to gather these documents in advance.
The applicant will need to show you original copies of the documents to verify and support their application. Scanned copies of documents are not acceptable.
Switch to an online system
Using our online system is one of the most effective ways of speeding up DBS checks.
You’ll be able to send information securely and instantly rather than waiting for paper applications to be posted – and you’ll eliminate the risk of them getting lost in the post.
Incorrectly completed forms are one of the biggest causes of DBS application delays. Using an online system considerably reduces this cause of delay.
Our online system checks for anomalies while you’re completing the application. Then, when the application is complete and pending submission, our in-house team of countersignatories checks each application individually.
Our team will check for and remove any errors and make sure the application is legally eligible before submitting it to go through the vetting process with the DBS and police.
Use a company that offers support and advice
At CRB Check Online, we offer a comprehensive support service. Our friendly team is always ready to answer any questions you might have. We provide straightforward and helpful advice on any matter related to DBS checks and the application process.
Having an expert on hand to advise you could save you valuable time that might otherwise be spent struggling to look for the answer by yourself.
Double and triple check applications
Before you hit the ‘approve’ button, make absolutely sure all the information on the form is completely accurate – even down to spelling. Also make sure all details match those on the original documents you verified.
DBS checks involve a check of the Police National Computer. This check will be based on the information provided on the form, so a mistake could invalidate the whole check.
Receive notification of completed disclosures by email
Our online system receives notification as soon as a DBS check is complete, and instantly generates an email to inform you of the result.
This gives you a result much quicker than if you had to wait for the certificate to be posted to the applicant, and for them to then relay the information back to you.
How to speed up DBS checks: a summary
Whilst we can’t influence the amount of time it takes for a DBS check to be processed at the vetting stage, these steps should make the process as efficient as possible.
We hope our guide has given you a good idea of how to speed up DBS checks. If you’d like to know more about our online system, just give us a call on 0800 197 8858 – we’re always happy to chat.