The Update Service makes DBS checks generally transferable, subject to certain conditions such as the level of check; the workforce(s) and Barred List(s) specified; and whether it was for a paid or a voluntary position. More information is available on the DBS’s Update Service webpage.

If you are already subscribed to the Update Service, you may not need a new DBS check through the University of Cumbria now, if your existing DBS check meets our requirements. This is not automatic and there is action needed by you. Please see the section below.

If you are not already registered with the Update Service, you need to go ahead and apply for your DBS check through us as per the instructions on our DBS webpage. You can then join the Update Service using this check if you wish.

Are you already registered with this?

If you are registered with the Update Service (with a DBS check issued since 17 June 2013), the procedure is as below:

We need to see:

  1. the front of your original DBS certificate, from where it says ‘Enhanced Certificate’ (below your address) and the ‘Disclosure & Barring Service’ logo downwards. If there are subsequent pages that show criminal record or police information, we also need to see these. We do not need any pages that show only the standard DBS wording that appears on every certificate (“This document is an Enhanced Criminal Record Certificate within the meaning of…”);
  2. One original piece of ID showing your name and date of birth, such as the personal details page of your passport; the front of your driving licence photo card; or your birth certificate.

Go to and follow the on-screen instructions: 

I am not already registered: how do I subscribe to the Update Service?

We would encourage you to join the Update Service with the DBS application you need to do now. This would enable you potentially to use your University of Cumbria DBS check again in future within the same workforce and not have to apply for a new one (e.g. when you get a job or do voluntary work).

There are certain restrictions to this and employers are not obliged to use it, so it is not a guarantee that you will never need to obtain another DBS check. It will however make it considerably more likely that you will not need to get further checks.

If you do subscribe to this service, it will also mean that you may not need to apply and pay for a new check if you take time out from your course at any point (which would otherwise require you to apply for a new check on return).

Please note that this service is optional and carries an additional fee of £13 per year (correct at the time of writing) to subscribe to it, which you need to renew annually. You would pay this fee on the DBS website at the time of joining the service.

How to subscribe:


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