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From the 17th of June 2013, a new service was provided by the DBS that gave individuals greater control of their own information and it became possible for DBS certificates to be reused when applying for similar jobs, i.e. within the same workforce, where the same level of check is required.

Since June 17th, 2013 individuals have had the option to subscribe to the update service when they next apply for a DBS check, this is currently free for volunteers but there is an annual fee for employees.

For an employer taking on a new recruit that requires a DBS check, with the employee’s permission, they can carry out a status check online using the information provided on the employee’s current DBS Certificate. if the recruit is a member of the update service.

The DBS will now only issue a DBS certificate to the applicant. This means that the registered body who countersigned the application form will no longer get a copy, employers will, therefore, have to ask the applicant to see the original certificate.

Under certain circumstances, where a set of conditions are met, employers and registered bodies will be able to request a copy certificate from the DBS.

More details about these conditions and other information and useful downloads and links are available through your student login area.