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Basic DBS
Basic DBS

Apply for a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check with Complygate to get a copy of your criminal record. This is called ‘basic disclosure’.

Basic DBS check will only show convictions that are not ‘spent’, for example some types of caution will disappear after 3 months.

You must be 16 or over to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

It usually takes up to 14 days for you to receive your Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate.

What you will need to apply for a Basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)?

To apply for a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check you will need the following documents:

  • All your addresses for the last 5 years and the dates you lived there
  • Your National Insurance (NI) number
  • Your passport
  • Your driving licence
What information is disclosed on a basic DBS certificate?

A basic DBS check will contain details of convictions and conditional cautions considered to be ‘unspent’ under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 aims to give those with convictions or cautions the chance - in certain circumstances - to wipe the slate clean and start afresh.

Under the Act, eligible convictions or cautions become ‘spent’ after a specified period of time known as the ‘rehabilitation period’, the length of which varies depending on how the individual was dealt with.

A rehabilitation periods table with some example scenarios for the most common sentences and disposals can be found here.

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Basic DBS Check

You may need a basic, standard or enhanced DBS check if your employer needs a level of assurance, to see if you are suitable for a certain job. This might include jobs like accountants, legal assistants, those working with Children or vulnerable adults.


Complete the online application


The DBS accepts and validates the application


The Police National Computer (PNC) is checked


Completion – the disclosure is printed and sent to the applicant’s home address


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