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DBS Frequently Asked Questions


We've compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about the DBS process. Click on the links below to find out more.

If you have any questions that have not been covered here, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the DBS team at

I have not yet done my online DBS application: what do I need to do?

What happens after this?

I am still waiting for my DBS certificate: is my place on course at risk?

I am still waiting for my DBS certificate: can I check its progress?

Do I need to show the University my copy of the DBS certificate?

I have recently moved/about to move house: what will happen to my certificate?

My certificate has not arrived in the post: what can I do?

Can I get a copy of my DBS certificate from you or from the DBS if I lose it?

Do I need to bring my DBS certificate to university?

How long does my DBS certificate remain valid for?

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