Once your application is complete
Once your application has been completed online, it’s sent to the Disclosure and Barring Service. They check your details against police records and barred list information where applicable. If you’ve applied for an enhanced DBS check your details will also be checked with local police forces.
How long the process takes
It’s difficult to say exactly how long your check will take, as every person has different circumstances. Most DBS checks are completed within six weeks, but the process can take up to eight weeks and sometimes it takes longer.
Receiving your DBS certificate
Once all the checks have been done, you’ll receive your DBS certificate by post to the address that you provided.
If you haven’t received your DBS certificate within 14 days of it being dispatched, you can request a free reprint by calling 0300 020 0190. Note that the DBS centre can only reissue certificates up to 93 days after the original date of issue.
Incorrect name on the DBS application
If the name on your DBS application is incorrect, it means it has been added incorrectly to the online system. You can amend this easily yourself by updating your name as it appears on your online application form.
Copies of your certificate
You won’t be able to get one – you’re only given one copy, so make sure you look after it as it can’t be replaced if it gets lost or destroyed. The University is not sent a copy.