Click here to edit using the old editor Click here to edit page settings

Providing your ID documents

Introduction

All DBS applicants must submit three valid identification documents for the DBS ID check*

You must provide original documents for verification: photocopies, scanned copies or internet print-outs (e.g. internet banking statements or online utility bills) are not acceptable. For more information, please see our ID document guidance below: please ensure that you select the correct version of the guidance for your nationality (not your country of birth or current residency).

Please note that your full legal name must be spelled correctly on all documents for them to be acceptable for DBS ID-check purposes.

Acceptable ID Documents

- Check which nationality category you fall under so that you know what ID documents you will need to provide:

UK National ONLY: Accepted ID Documents

EU/EEA/Non-EEA including Swiss Nationals: Accepted ID Documents

NB: The ID check is not the actual DBS application: you have to complete the application online separately to the ID check.



How and when to provide your ID documents

There are different arrangements for applicants depending on where you live and the most suitable option for you. Please see below and then go to the relevant section for your category in the following guidance.



Category A - Mainland UK & Northern Ireland

Category B - UK/Northern Ireland applicants who are unable to get to a participating Post Office.

Category C - Isle of Man/other British Isles; Republic of Ireland; all other countries

School Direct non-salaried route applicants

Information regarding your category



Category A - Mainland UK & Northern Ireland

Category B - UK/Northern Ireland applicants who are unable to get to a participating Post Office

Category C - Applicants living in the Isle of Man/other British Isles; Republic of Ireland; all other countries

Explore the topic