DBS

What ID documents would you be required to see from a UK or EEAapplicant?  

By following  ID check Route 1,2 or 3. View guidance on gov.uk All documents must be originals and at least 1 document must show the applicants current address and must be valid.

What ID documents would you be required to see from a UK or EEAapplicant?

By following  ID check Route 1,2 or 3. View guidance on gov.uk All documents must be originals and at least 1 document must show the applicants current address and must be valid.

What ID documents would you request to see from a non EEA PAIDapplicant?  

non EEA paid Applicant must use a different Route. One primary document and two supporting documents.. 

Group 1: Primary identity documents​

Passport 

Any current and valid passport

Biometric residence permit

UK

Current driving licence photocard - (full or provisional)

UK, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and  EU

Birth certificate - issued within 12 months of birth

UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands - including those issued by UK  authorities overseas, for example embassies, High Commissions and HM Forces

Adoption certificate  

UK and Channel Islands

All documents must be originals and at least 1 document must show the applicants current address and must be valid. If the applicant is unable to provide 1 primary document and 2 supporting documents they are unable to submit a DBS application

What ID documents would you request to see from a non EEA UNPAID applicant?

By following  ID check Route 1,2 or 3. View guidance on gov.uk All documents must be originals and at least 1 document must show the applicants current address and must be valid.

Right to work

How can you make sure you have been provided with the correct Primary Documents needed for Non EEA Paid Applicants? 

Use the following useful links for guidance. 

Employer Checking Service Check if someone has the right to work in the UK Check if work is permitted by using the following checking service; (This is trial service)

Identity Document Validation Technology (IDVT)

The Home Office recognises the important role you play in the prevention and detection of fraudulent identity documentation.  Guidance has been updated on  “Identity Document Validation Technology” to assist you and your clients to check documents used for identification and status checking purposes, such as passports, identity cards and driving licences.  Please share the guidance with your clients and others who may be interested in procuring the technology. 

Registered Bodies and Responsible Organisations need to have high levels of confidence on individuals who apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Identity Document Validation Technologies (IDTV) can help you to spot false identity documents.  Some individuals have sought to obtain a DBS check using false identity documents to conceal a criminal history. 

Several Registered Bodies have already incorporated this technology within their systems to improve the quality of the applications they submit to DBS.  The guidance sets out what the technology can offer you, features to look for when procuring a service, how to use the technology and what to do if you encounter a false identity document. You may find the guidance helpful if you are considering whether to incorporate the technology as part of the process for checking identity documents.

The Home Office supports the use of IDVTs and has worked with representatives of the industry to prepare the guidance, which will be regularly updated to keep apace of the fast movements in the development of this form of technology. Attached is a fact sheet that briefly explains the benefits of using IDVTs.

If you have any questions about the guidance or the technology and how it may be used, please e-mail: identitysecurityteam@homeoffice.gov.gsi.uk

Identity Document Validation Technology - Facts

What is Identity Document Validation Technology (IDVT)?

Identity document validation technologies (IDVT), often known as identity document scanners, are forms of technology that can quickly and easily assist users to establish the authenticity of the wide range of documents that may be presented for identity verification purposes, such as passports, biometric residence permits and identity cards.  They can play an important role in preventing the use of fraudulent documentation.

Why use an IDVT?

When high quality forgeries are presented it can be challenging to differentiate between genuine and false documents.  IDVTs are tools that can help you to save:

  • Time – IDVTs should make checking documents quick;
  • Money – should reduce the risk of employing or providing accommodation to illegal migrants or becoming victims of fraud; and
  • Worry – should provide higher levels of confidence about the identity of prospective applicants, users of services, customers or employees.

Who might need to use an IDVT?

Any organisation or individual that needs to establish an identity as part of a process to determine whether a person is eligible to, for example:

This list is not-exhaustive and there are many other circumstances when identity documentation needs to be checked and validated.

Remote checking

Many IDVTs enable clients to upload their own identity documents and facial images using smartphones, webcams or flatbed scanners and validate them remotely.  This offers significant improvements beyond accepting unverified copies of documents or relying upon third parties, such as couriers, to conduct checks on identity documents.

In-person checks

Where you need to see individuals and their original identity documents in person, e.g. to meet legal requirements such as checking individuals’ right to work in the UK, IDVTs can be useful tools to enable effective checks on identity documents.

However, although these systems can be powerful tools, they are intended to complement physical checks as part of the overall checking process on identity documents and not to replace the need to follow the Home Office’s “Guidance on examining identity documents”.